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Love and Other Words

Written by: Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Erin Mallon
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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The heart may hide, but it never forgets. The first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and number one international best-selling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You/Hating You).

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics 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 in a house outside of San Francisco reading books, sharing favorite 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.

©2018 Christina Lauren (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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amazing!

I'm new to these co authors. and I'm hooked!!!! what a beautiful story and I couldn't put it down!

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Beautiful novel about second chances

I really enjoyed this novel. Made me cry a few times too and that is hard to do.

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Predictable and inoffensive

A nice, easy listen romance. Does not offend and only disappoints in its predictability.
Narrator was quite enjoyable.

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"YOU" - my heart melted



4.5 stars.

Oh my gosh... the emotions. I have been having a lot of stress lately and other stuff going on so im already pretty emotional and sensitive. This book thru a big a$% stick of feelings in the mix as well. So now im all over the place. This was an audiobook for me. It was very well read except that the reader would get "throaty" on some words and it was a tad annoying but not enough for me to stop reading.

The story of a young love and its progression thru the current day. The then and now aspect flowed nicely. It kept going to this big mistake. I really wanted to know what was going on. I wanted to know what could be so bad that they didn't talk for 11 years. Well i won't say any of the ending so i will leave it at that.

I would not call this a women's fiction, this is a flat out romance and it was really good. Toward the end one single tear came out (i'm not in a good emotional spot lately...)and forced the rest to stay in because i dont think i would have stopped crying.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2018-04-13

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫ Great Narration

While I really enjoyed most of this book, I have to say this could have been a 5 star book except I felt like there were a few different things with these characters that were either passed by like it was inconsequential or that were just so out of character for them both. I love a friends to loves story and I love a second chance romance so this book started out perfect for me. I really enjoyed the past/present story line and I enjoyed how different Elliot and Macy were from the time they met and how it just worked for them both. Elliot was very quirky as a teen and Macy embraced his "strange" which was probably my favorite thing about this book. I was on board until almost the end. Up until then I felt like the only thing really missing was a little more connection between them as adults, 10 years is a long time to not need any time to get back where you were. Then finally we get the explanation as to why it had been 10 years and that really didn't work for me. It was a little unbelievable the explanation about New Years Eve and then Macy having to tell him about the following day was a little unbelievable too. I say this because after all the years and the connections, for him to go on clueless just didn't seem like him at all. With that being said, I think those are just issues for me and I think most people won't have the same issues. I would for definitely recommend this book but I would be sure that you didn't grab this looking for a "beautiful bastard" type of story. These authors have changed (not a bad thing, just different) since the beginning, their stories are a lot deeper now so expect that when you read this book.

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The narration for the audiobook was AMAZING!!! Erin Mallon is an incredible narrator and I have to say I was kind of excited to see she actually narrated this one alone. I say this not because I don't love dual narration because I do but because Erin doesn't need a co-narrator. She has an awesome male voice and she switches so seamlessly between the roles that you forget it's only one person. She was a GREAT casting choice for this book. She was able to narrate a teenage boy, teenage girl, 29 year old man & 29 year old women and it worked perfectly. At no point did she sound too young or too old for the characters and to me that is a great skills that most narrators do not have. I think she portrays the emotions of the characters so well that she has you convinced the situations are actually happening to her and she isn't reading someone else's words.

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 2018-04-13

What's your favorite word

Amazing! This was a really good friends to lover and second chance story. Macy and Elliot were quirky kids that started as friends and over their high school years fell in love until something happened and 11 years later they come across each other and old feelings that actually never left are right there again. I liked the way the past/present day of their story was told and as much as I loved this story I do think it should have been a little bit more at the end, but books I really enjoy always leaving me wanting more and I wanted just a little more of their story. I loved that even though there were years of separation and words unsaid that because they were friends first they were able to essentially pick their friendship up where they left off. As for narrator Erin Mallon there are not enough words to say what a spectacular job she did with this book. There aren't many narrators that transition from female to male as flawlessly as she does. I will always pick books narrated by her because you can always expect the best from her. If I could I'd give more that 5 stars.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 2019-09-02

Love and Other Words

I really enjoyed this story, usually, I am not a fan of Before and Now and the back and forth but when these authors do it I don’t mind.

Macy and Elliot are awesome, I love the best of friends and how they were exactly what each of them needed as they grew up. The time they spent apart in the early days made them coming back to each other so much more. I really enjoyed this and then the heartbreak they have well that is just terribly sad.

I will say I felt like the things that were keeping them apart were almost swept under the rug and the HEA was almost too fast. I don’t’ know I guess I wanted more of explanation and a few scenes of how they dealt with the truth finally coming to light.

I loved the narration, I think Erin Mallon was the perfect person for this book, because of her ability to not only bring female characters to life but also her male voice is amazing.

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  • Karla De Jesus
  • 2019-10-06

One of the best!

I listen to this book regularly. It’s one of the most well written stories with great dialogue. I love that the story is not based on sex. Sex was not needed to make this book perfect. Both characters were well developed. I wish I could find more books like this.

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  • Ashley Flinn
  • 2019-01-09

Basically a YA Novel

This story was cheesy and the only thing keeping it from being a YA novel is that the sex scenes, while tame for an adult, would probably be considered too much for the teen scene. The story was not all that engaging, it's clear from early on what is going to happen. Others seemed to dislike the flashback format. I wasn't bothered by that much as it wasn't hard to keep up with, I just found it hard to believe that a woman who made it through med school was still pining away for some dude she had sex with once. When she was 17.

The narrator had an excessively breathy voice that was distracting and made the story seem even cornier than it already was. Definitely let down by the high rating on this one.

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  • Cupcake
  • 2018-12-05

SUPER pissed this didn't work for me

I feel cheated.

I read the blurb and everything!

This known each other since forever and then we finally fall in lurve trope is usually a slam dunk for me. Also, my recent record with CL has been superb but this... ugh, #headdesk

It really all boils down to Macy. I hated her. I really did. I *tried* not to but was unsuccessful.

I empathize with her losses. All of them sucked and sucked balls. No one should have to go through all that.

I also realize that people handle loss in their own way and when a person loses a parent at such a young age it has a lasting impact upon them and the trajectory of their development. I hand it to CL on her characterization; it stays true tonally throughout.

The problem was... I did not like her. There are times to reign it in and bite your tongue and then there are times when you need to put your big girl socks on and USE YOUR WORDS!

She's horrifically bad at using her words for someone who's perenially talking about words and reading words and asking El what his favorite word is. All that talk escapes her in the big moments and it frustrated the bejeepers out of me.

Every time I turned around she was hiding again, ducking El, ducking her friends, putting things off for a different day. It exhausted me and nuked any shred of enjoyment I could've potentially had.

The BIG SEKRIT goes on forever and ever and when it's finally revealed... no way. No way am I buying that it happened. It felt like a contrived conflict drawn out for the purpose of stringing me, the reader, along. I don't believe that would've or could've happened and even if it did freezing someone out that's supposedly your BFF for life for ELEVEN YEARS is preposterous!

Who does that?

El is a bright spot but I didn't love him either.

Erin Mallon, I will try again. I wasn't enamored by this performance but I have a feeling that I'm transferring my dislike of Macy to her and that's not really fair, though I will say all of her male voices sounded exactly the same and I tend to like narrators with range.

Obviously, my opinions are my own and YMMV but I wouldn't recommend this; however, one bump in the road won't prevent me from reading more from these authors in the future.

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  • Kisha DeSandies
  • 2018-09-06

I want my Credit back

I am over halfway through this book and I had to stop and read the reviews and some spoilers on Amazon. Normally, I would read ahead with a physical book. The characters are boring, I hate the past/present alternating chapters and the author is dragging out the reveal Elliott and Macy stopped communicating for 10-11 years. I don't even care anymore. I felt like I was in adolescent hell. And there is no way Elliott would not know about how Macy's father died. I don't even want to read any other books by this author. So disappointing

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  • Yvonne
  • 2018-07-14

Dizzy and Oh So Boring

The first few chapters intested me but very soon I was bored and lost total interest.
The back and forth from present day to 15-13 years ealier were not purposful but demonstated a lack of developement.
This is not well written or developed.

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  • Mindy B
  • 2020-05-01

Meh... at best

I couldn't wait for the end of this story. I just wanted to be done with it! There wasn't anything compelling about this book. At all. The story never grabbed my attention. And the narrator. Oh, the narrator. Why did she read this book with a breathy whisper? I haven't ever written such a review, but I wouldn't want anyone else to waste their time with this book. I was probably being generous with the 2 stars. It just wasn't good.

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  • K. Seaman
  • 2020-04-23

Decent Narrator, Not a Fan of Heroine

Possibly one of the most selfish and emotionally immature heroines I've read. Christina Lauren books are really hit or miss for me. Does Christina write more of this one and Lauren writes more of that one? I need to know, so I'll no which books to pick up and which ones to skip.

Erin Mallon's reading of the heroine was super slow, languid, breathy, almost whiny (which to be fair is probably spot on), but it reinforced my dislike of the character. However, her switch from female to male dialogue was really well done and seamless.

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