Love and Other Words

by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

“What’s your favorite word?” Macy and Elliot ask each other over the years, reconnecting over long weekends and summer vacations. Their friendship as children evolve into genuine love as teenagers. 

Wow. This book. It really was a rollercoaster of emotions. I found myself frustrated with all of the characters, Macy, Elliot, Macy’s Dad, Elliot’s family. But then I loved them all too. And really felt like I got to know the protagonist in such a personal way, and suffered and loved along with her. Such a dynamic story that I know will stick with me for a while. 

“Obviously whenever I imagined kissing anyone it was always Elliot. And we already covered that. Perfect fantasy sublime reality potentially treacherous aftermath.”

I listened to this audiobook and found myself crying in my car during my commute. A touching story beautifully told. It took place in the Bay Area, bouncing from San Francisco, to Berkeley, to Healdsburg. There’s something special about reading a book based where you live. I was driving on 101 while I listened to them doing the same.

Macy’s mother communicated with her through letters, my favorite:

“Starting my period was the process that eventually let me get pregnant with you when I was ready. Treat your body carefully, take care of it don’t let anyone abuse it and don’t abuse it yourself. Every inch of your skin I made diligently. Months I slaved over you. You are my masterpiece.” 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Reviewed by Michele W.