Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren is a beautifully written story, detailing a friendship that began with reading. The dual timeline introduces the reader to Mary and Elliot as kids living in San Francisco, building their relationship over new teenage experiences. The novel then jumps to the duo as working adults with big decisions gathering on the horizon related to work and current relationships. This is, as you guessed it, a love story that will open your heart and revive your belief in an all-consuming love.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is set in the 1960s and centers around chemist Elizabeth Zott, who doesn’t understand why the world is dominated by men. Elizabeth is unabashedly herself, speaking her mind in all circumstances. This book is told from multiple perspectives, including Zott’s lovable dog, Six-Thirty, as we watch Elizabeth’s family and career grow. Garmus expertly weaves in multiple heavy themes, leaving the reader laughing, crying and eye rolling.
Amy Sundet and Katie Timcho are local book reviewers. They can be found on Instagram @overbookedmoms.