Review of Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
I felt promise in the characters and their mutual adoration, but I was distracted from feeling a true pull to the heart of this book.
I loved the first Christina Lauren book I read, Autoboyography, and I gave it five stars. So my expectations for this book were through the roof.
But to me, the voices in this book felt self-obsessively and insecurely young adult even in the timeline in which the characters were nearing age 30.
I loved the love, and I felt promise in the characters and their mutual adoration, but I was distracted from feeling a true pull to the heart of this book by what felt like frequent melodrama, overblown angst, frustratingly halting scenes (I believe these were intended to create suspense), and what felt like too-deliberately-constructed Big Moments Set Up for Dramatic Effect.
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My views on this book were almost certainly colored by how much I loved Autoboyography. The authors have also written The Unhoneymooners, the racy-sounding Beautiful Bastard series, and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, among others.