You're Going To Need Ice Cream For This One: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Thursday, April 12, 2018


by Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: 1/2
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Love and Other Words is quite possibly one of my FAVORITE books of 2018. This book was absolutely stunning and evocative and I simply can't stop thinking about the story that lay within. If you like your romances with angst, swoons and ALL the emotions, you must read Love and Other Words.

This was the story of Macy and Elliot, two soulmates who met as teenagers at Macy's weekend home, and whose relationship bloomed into something deeper than friendship, only to be torn apart by ugly circumstances. Love and Other Words was told in alternating timelines that were weaved beautifully together. Normally, I tend to struggle with alternating timelines, but Christina Lauren gave both equal attention here which made it seamless to navigate. I personally thought the dual timelines took this story to a whole other dimension. We get to watch as Macy and Elliot navigate their friendship as teenagers, and how that slowly changed into feelings. Their relationship absolutely made my heart ache in the very best way and watching as the two became each other's rocks was one of the highlights of Love and Other Words. For most of the book, we as readers don't know what exactly occurred to estrange these two kids with such a powerful bond between them, and that anticipation kept me on the edge of my seat. When they ran into each other as adults, their relationship was obviously different in tone - more mature and with a lot of underlying hurt.

It was absolutely worth all the pain, however. This story could easily have been a frustrating one, especially as Macy was in a serious relationship when they met again, but once again, this was another aspect of the story that Christina Lauren handled brilliantly. You can rest assured that there was no cheating. While the relationship was undeniably one of the best parts of Love and Other Words, I don't think this story would have struck me as hard in the heart had it not been for the characters. Both Macy and Elliot were brilliantly fleshed-out. There was so much more to them than just their relationship with each other. Macy was passionate about books and her pediatric patients, and Elliot was equally passionate about his books and his writing. As a bookworm, I loved what pivotal roles books played in shaping both these characters. I also loved their relationships with their family members. Macy's relationship with her dad especially made me want to cry. There was a quietness to it that spoke to me. Her relationship with her mom was also explored here despite her mother having passed, and boy did that also make me want to weep in a corner. On the opposite end, you had Elliot and his relationship with his boisterous family who absolutely made me smile.

I don't know if I did a good job describing just how much this book meant to me and how much it affected me. All I have left to say is if you like "best friends to lovers" romances and "second chance" romances, do yourself a favor and read this beauty.

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