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Other Words For Love (2011)

by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal(Favorite Author)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 4
038573901X (ISBN13: 9780385739016)
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
review 1: I get this book, I really do. It's a peak behind the curtain of adolescence and first love. Those raw and often irrational emotions associated with being at the precipice of adulthood, this story has them all. There were parts that frustrated me immensely. Left me feeling like I wasn't sure I wanted to remember what it felt like to be a teenager, with an overbearing mom, and a strong vein of naivety. But there were also parts that made me smile and roll my eyes, in a "yup, that's exactly how it was" kind of way. So on a superficial level I would label Other Words for Love a good read. However, if I really get down to it, I was hoping for much more. The point of this story was supposed to be the MC's experience with first love. It took fifty percent or more to even get to t... morehe part where she meets him. The majority of the book is about her slightly broken, yet typical blue collar family and her insecurities due to codependency with her self-absorbed best friend. I get that the author wanted to tell a real story, really make readers walk in the MC's shoes. But I found it more frustrating than beneficial. The synopsis had me geared up for a contemporary romance read and its honestly just a coming of age type thing. I'm also not sure this writing style agrees with me. It is a bit "telling," and at some points looses its flow. This could very well be a style choice, and that's okay. I just prefer writing that shows me things and let's me fill in between the lines. I guess I'm a bit on the fence about this one, so it gets a solid three stars from me.
review 2: I love reading, but sometimes I have difficulty truly connecting to books and getting on an emotional level with the characters. This book was very relatable, however. I found myself relating to Ari and her friendships and relationships. I was skeptical about this novel at the start, but I progressively fell in love with it. It actually made me cry at one point, which is almost impossible for a novel to do. Any book that can bring me to tears deserves 5 stars in my opinion. less
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My heart broke in half while reading this. I think I'll need some time to recover! Wow! What a book!
Absolutely loved this book! One of the best I have ever read :)
This book is real. No sugarcoating, just life. 4.5 stars.
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