Love and Other Words
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Love and Other Words

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An uplifting and unforgettable read that will make you fall in love with life again . . .

'A true joy from start to finish' (Kristin Harmel, author of The Sweetness of Forgetting)

'I fell in love with this story immediately - there were no pauses to think and consider, the book just settled straight into my heart' (Amazon reviewer)

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new paediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she's constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy's entire world - growing from her gangly teen friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother . . . only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more - spending weekends and lazy summers together reading books, sharing favourite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy's decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

The heart-breaking and heart-warming read from No. 1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren, author of Dating You, Hating You and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.

Join other readers in discovering the joy of Love and Other Words

'Steamy moments, tender revelations' Kirkus

'Impossible to put down' RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK

'Heartbreaking and hopeful' Amy Reichert, bestselling author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

'(A) tender story of first love, mature love, and the people who change us in the best possible ways' Washington Independent Review of Books

'A coming-of-age tale exquisitely blended with second-chance love' RT Book Reviews

'The best romantic novel I have ever read to date . . . utterly beautiful' Amazon reviewer

'I absolutely loved it!' Goodreads

'This is the angsty, emotional book from Christina Lauren that will break your heart into a million pieces' Goodreads

'This book will reel you in with the beauty of first love' Goodreads

'All I have to say is how grateful I am that stories like this have been written - stories that make the world just a little bit better, just a little bit more lovely' Goodreads
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 27mm | 300g
  • PIATKUS BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349417563
  • 9780349417561
  • 35,813

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Christina Lauren takes a unique look at the evolution of infatuation * Associated Press * Love and Other Words is a beautifully crafted story of friendship and first love, of suffering loss and finding your soulmate. I felt every moment in this book -- Vilma Iris A major success. It's now obvious that anything Christina Lauren writes is worth checking out, even if it's out of a reader's comfort zone. I've rarely ventured into the genre and wasn't sure how different it may be from Christina Lauren's contemporary romance novels. However, I worried for nothing because I was quickly hooked by Love and Other Words... and would happily recommend it to any Christina Lauren fan or readers looking for a sophisticated story of love and loss * Hypable * I am so completely and utterly in love with this book. It captured my heart and it did not let it go. Simply beautiful * Steamy Reads (5 Star Review) * Will we ever stop falling in love with Christina Lauren's fictional men? The answer to this is HECK NO * Fangirlish * The stellar writing team behind Christina Lauren is back in top form in this light, funny and unflinchingly honest stand-alone novel about growing up, standing up and falling in love * RT Magazine, Top Pick on Dating You, Hating You * Lauren channels the elements of beloved romantic comedies... the dual perspectives of Evie and Carter will have readers ripping through the book to find out if these two can work things out * Booklist on Dating You, Hating You * Filled with high jinks, pop-culture references, and grin-inducing flirtation, it's truly a romance for the 21st century. A smart, sexy romance for readers who thrive on girl power * Kirkus Reviews on Dating You, Hating You * This story is the perfect blend of white-hot young love and women's fiction, with an ending that will satisfy readers who love both * Frolic * A gorgeous book . . the perfect mix of angsty and romantic, with a little bit of sexy thrown in, too. It pummeled my emotions and left me an utter disaster, but I was happy and content when it was all said and done. While not a traditional romance, it certainly was a beautiful love story * Kimberly Faye Reads * Love and Other Words is a triumph, the kind of book that makes you feel so deeply for the finely drawn characters that you almost forget they're fictional. You'll be swept away by the heartbreak, the joy, the chemistry, and the charisma woven through the fabric of Macy's and Elliot's star-crossed relationship. As the story unfolds - expertly interweaving the past with the present - you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll root for Macy and Elliot to find their way back to each other against all odds. A true joy from start to finish -- Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amelie Christina Lauren has found a new sweet spot, with heartbreaking and hopeful language that will evoke the whirlwind immediacy of adolescence and the complicated choices of adulthood. Love and Other Words weaves past and present together in an emotional story that will have you declaring your favourite word is LOVE -- Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Lauren writes of the bittersweet pangs of love and loss with piercing clarity, and delivers a resoundingly life-affirming tale of what it takes to claw one's way to necessary healing, both romantically and personally * Entertainment Weekly * With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
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About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, and Autoboyography.

You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.
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Rating details

30,289 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 44% (13,367)
4 38% (11,563)
3 14% (4,235)
2 3% (893)
1 1% (231)
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