I started the year having never read any Christina Lauren books before. But after seeing all the love on bookstagram and from fellow bloggers, I read my first book Roomies back in March. This was followed by The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You Hating You and finally my current read Love and Other Words. You could say that I’ve become a big fan of these two co-authors who blend romance, relationships, realistic characters and real-life fiction into unputdownable reads.
Love and Other Words is a sweet story told over two timelines – then and now. Fifteen years earlier Macy and Elliot meet as teenagers when Macy and her dad buy a holiday home next to Elliot’s house. Elliot comes from a big, noisy family, while Macy has lost her mum and it’s just her and her dad. Macy and Elliot bond over their mutual love for books and become best friends. Over the years, their friendship grows into something more until at eighteen something terrible happens which will see them part ways for good.
As an adult, Macy has become a doctor and is engaged to marry a man with a young daughter. Then she bumps into Elliot after not seeing him for years and feelings from the past come flooding back. But they have a lot to resolve from the past and Macy doesn’t know if she can ever get over what happened.
I enjoyed reading the dual timeline in this novel and jumping back and forth to Macy and Elliot when they were teens and then as adults. It felt like half the book was YA because of the teenage storyline. As a reader you get hints that something bad happened but you don’t find out what drove them apart until the end. I thought I knew what had happened and I was wrong!
It is one of those books where if only the two had spoken earlier they could have cleared up everything a lot faster. But then there would be no conflict and no book! I liked both Macy and Elliot as characters and it was a beautiful love story. This was yet another Christina Lauren book that doesn’t disappoint. I highly recommend it.
Verdict: A romantic tale of two teenagers who lose each other, only to reconnect as adults.