Love and Other Words

Love and Other Words

Book - 2018
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Macy Sorensen has decided to settle for marriage to an older man until she bumps into Elliot Petropoulos--her first and most intense love, who eventually broke her heart--sending her reeling into reminiscence and doubt.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2018
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501190537
Branch Call Number: RF LAUREN
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 23, 2019

Loved this book! Was so sweet, and I was so engrossed with the characters. Would highly recommend!

Oct 21, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book as it touched on so many of life's chapters. Everything including death, first love, "adulting", acceptance, deep love, sexuality, and more. The back and forth from "then" to "now" offered a genuinely unique perspective from youth to adulthood. This book was universal in that any reader could relate to various aspects of Macy & Elliott's journey. I noted that some readers claim the sexuality aspect is too advanced for the age of the characters. However, everyone's story is unique and each timeline different. I found it to be a breath of fresh air to hear that not all sexuality begins at an "appropriate age", when the character is "ready".

Aug 10, 2019

Not as captivating as "Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating", but still an endearing plot.

Jul 10, 2019

Well written (of course! it's CL!) with nicely rounded main & secondary characters, although I thought the teenagers' dialogue was a bit too mature to be realalistic. The back & forth in timelines keeps the tension high but it begins to wear thin near the end & we're still not resolved. Not the best from these authors -- my favourite is "Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not-Dating" or "Sweet Filthy Boy" -- but a good read.

Jun 19, 2019

Definitely one of the better books I’ve read in a while. Macy & Elliott’s story plays out in two timelines 11 years apart. The characters were engaging and I cared about them. The story was nicely balanced and had a raw honesty to it that I appreciated.

Aug 19, 2018

I really enjoyed this story. It goes back and forth between when Macy and Elliot meet when they are teens when they live next to each other. His permanent home and her weekend cabin. So they don't see each other every day. But they are drawn to each other through their love of books. Macy feels like she can tell Elliot anything and asks him anything. Some of the stuff I would have never asked a boy at that age but she considers Elliot her best friend. The now, Macy is living with a man who she plans to marry but then runs into Elliot and all kinds of feels happen. There is a slow build on the then side of the story that shows how their relationship grew and why it suddenly stopped. It's a sweet ending and a few shocking revelations happened. It also show why you should never leave things unsaid and you should always try for closure because you might not need that closure. I kept thinking they wasted 11 years of being apart.

May 02, 2018

Having read two previous books by this author and not absolutely loving them, I was intrigued with their take on a women's fiction/romance. Either their writing has improved immensely and/or this is a genre that they should keep working in. Twenty pages in and I had a very strong feeling that I was going to really like this story.

Told in alternating past/present, the past is slowly revealed as two previously best friends/young loves meet again after being separated by a traumatic event(s) 11 years prior. Macy and Elliot were strong and realistically drawn characters that I felt connected and endeared to right from the start. As with most women's fiction, secondary characters play important roles to the story and I felt that strongly here. The cacophony of Elliott's family in contrast to the subdued quiet of Macy's and how they both found love and solace from each other's worlds was enjoyable to watch. The slow building of Macy and Elliot's friendship were some of the highlights with their shared joy of reading, communicating honestly and the sharing of their favorite words. Their current "favorite words" became vital and directly related to the moments they were sharing. To my relief, the conflict of their present "love" interests are there, but resolved quickly, giving the much needed time for contemplation and resolution of Macy and Elliot's relationship. I wouldn't necessarily say that this was a perfect book, but I was wholly invested and enjoyed every minute of my time spent in it.


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