Other Words for Love

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Other Words for Love

Other Words for Love When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school she makes a wealthy new friend Leigh Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York and to her gorgeo

  • Title: Other Words for Love
  • Author: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
  • ISBN: 9780385739023
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake Ari doesn t think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consumingWhen an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake Ari doesn t think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship Ari s family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future When misfortune befalls Blake s family, he pulls away, and Ari s world drains of color As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself were their feelings true love or something else

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    1. Kristi on said:

      I don't even know where to start this review. I've been sitting here for what seems like hours trying to compose my thoughts into coherent sentences and it is just not happening. When I first started Other Words for Love, I had no idea what to expect. It's a debut, so I had no previous experience with the author's writings. I thought the summary sounded nice. but it didn't hook me enough to 'have' to read this book. (That summary does not do this book justice!) So why did I decide to read this b [...]

    2. Charisma on said:

      This is the most amazing book! I had heard such praise for it on the internet that I had to get it, and I was intrigued right off the bat by Ari’s intimate narration. My heart ached for her through her hard times and soared when things were good. I was happy at the end, even though it’s bitter-sweet, because what happened was best for Ari and she grew so much, she figured out that she didn’t need a guy to be a satisfied person. I loved the writing style, and that the subjects were deep and [...]

    3. Wendy Darling on said:

      I enjoy a great romance novel now and again, and I like it when there are relationships in most of the YA books that I read. But the key word for me is romance, not just hormones and sex. I felt like Ari, who is too good to be true in many aspects, was a little too fixated on boys in this book between her long-standing crush on her brother-in-law, her ennui over her ex-boyfriend, her interactions with Del, and her relationship with Blake. While I remember being 17 and dealing with those crazy te [...]

    4. Rebecca on said:

      If you want to be transported to the 1980s in all of its awesomeness (Madonna, Duran-Duran, Miami Vice, big hair, bustiers, a decade that was conservative but decadent and ruled by Ronald Reagan, fear of AIDS and the Russians)and intimately get to know a girl who goes through heavy ups and downs with her family, friends, and first boyfriend, then read the stunning OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE. I’m sending serious respect to the author for writing an intimate teen novel that isn’t the equivalent of s [...]

    5. ChristinaSimone on said:

      The best thing about this book? EVERYTHING.Other Words For Love sunk me deep inside the main character’s consciousness. It sent me to New York City in the 1980s, and it was a place I wanted to be. I wish I could still be there. I wish the book wasn’t over. I wish I knew Ari and Blake and Del and Leigh and Summer and Patrick and Evelyn, and that I could find out what they were doing todayif they were real. Because the thing is, they felt real. Hauntingly and beautifully real. I could just hea [...]

    6. Shirelle on said:

      Other words for love sparkled for me. I felt like Ari was a friend telling me her secrets and bringing me back to a decade where girls tried to look like Madonna and believed that you might get AIDS from a public phone. I related to Ari’s yearning for love. Her relationship with Blake [when it’s going well] sizzles! There’s a scene between them in a house on Long Island that surprised me and was very, very hot. I’m not sure I have seen that in YA before, but it explained how Ari got so p [...]

    7. Jackie on said:

      My favorite type of YA is the realistic kind, and this tops the charts of the best realistic YA out there. I felt very close to the main character, Ari Mitchell, while reading. She's kind, honest, witty, clever, sincere, sweet, and waiting for love. She wants the unconditional kind her sister, Evelyn, has. Evelyn is married to Patrick--a fireman who is tough but soft on the inside. I loved Patrick. I loved his no-nonsense ways, his gruff exterior, his kind heart, and the way he loves his wife ev [...]

    8. Gabriela Milanes on said:

      I can't exactly pinpoint the exact reason why I gave this book such a low rating. It seemed like a book I would like, fluffily YA romance, right? But I felt more and more sour towards the book as the pages went on, until I was reading it just for the sake of finishing it. Maybe it's the characters, who I couldn't connect with in the slightest. Apart from Patrick, her sister's husband, I pretty much found everyone in this book annoying. Too typical, cliche, and boring. Even Ari got just completel [...]

    9. Esther Bernstein on said:

      Full review on Reader's Dialogue: readersdialogue/2Though the story of Other Words for Love is set in the '80s, this story could have been happening right now. The emotions are so real, the relationships and complications so true-to-life. Ari is the perfect character for this story to happen to - just enough naivete, just enough repressed anger, just enough dreams and fantasies.I love how there are so many layers to the story and how Lorraine knits them all together to create a perfectly woven, [...]

    10. YA Reads Book Reviews on said:

      Originally featured on yareadsThere are so many different ways to promote books these days. The one way that I completely trust is when everyone (with nothing to gain for doing so) is buzzing about a book as enthusiastically as they were for Other Words For Love. So after I checked it out myself, I completely loved it.The characters in this book were incredible. Each character was unique, complex, so well fleshed out and had these realistic personalities with both virtues and flaws. Some charact [...]

    11. Princess Bookie on said:

      My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I thought I was going to love it. Maybe even more than a 5 cupcake book! I didn't love it as much as I hoped but I still did enjoy it a lot. We are introduced to Ari who lives in the late 80's. She lives with her mother and father. Her sister lives a little bit away with her husband Patrick. Ari kind of had feelings for Patrick which was a bit unusual but nothing actually ever happens between them. It's more like a little teenage crush.Her sister is kind [...]

    12. Krista on said:

      This is my best YA read so far this year. It's honest and truthful, and even though parts of it are glamorous, it doesn't sugar-coat the realities of life. I also fell in love with just about every guy in the storyey're all written as so human, with pros and cons. Blake: sweet, sexy, patient, clean, but so eager to please his charming but bullying father that he'll give up what means most of him just to be the Good Son. Patrick: rugged, handsome, a devoted husband and fatherwell, not too many fl [...]

    13. Jessica on said:

      I am a high school English teacher, and this is a book that I will keep in my classroom and give to students who are going through a break-up. Not only is this story wildly entertaining and extremely well-written, but it serves as a good example of empowerment for young women. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I give the novel my highest recommendation for teen readers and adult readers.

    14. Parker on said:

      Believe the hype on this one. Buy it. Read it. I mean that. Go get it right now.I had heard that this book was good, and it wasn’t a lame and shallow romance, and that’s so trueease back up a safe distance because I’m going to spew love and glitter and rainbows and unicorns. Here’s my take:So there’s this girl named Ari, and it’s 1985, and she lives in Brooklyn. She’s a pretty girl even though she thinks she’s too pale and skinny and flat chested, and she gets straight As in scho [...]

    15. Heather on said:

      Other Words for Love is one of those rare treats filled with characters and situations that mirror everyday life yet maintain a certain compelling allure to readers in spite of the fact that they themselves have most likely experienced something similar in their own lives. Perhaps part of the appeal is due to the subject matter. As the title suggests, this is a story about love and all of the ways it can manifest, obscure itself, and be displayed. More intriguing, it’s about a girl finding her [...]

    16. Emily on said:

      The synopsis on for this book does not do it justice, in my opinion. It doesn't even cover half of what this story is about. I thought that this would be an extremely light read, but it pulled me through so many emotions from happy, to sad, to infuriated! This book is about Ari Mitchell and her eventual relationship with Blake Ellis, but it's also about her relationship with her sister Evelyn, her relationship with her very strict and worried mother, and her rocky friendships. You'd think that [...]

    17. Gayle on said:

      Having read the other 5-star reviews, there are only a few original things I can add. But first I have to agree that this book is extremely well-written, that the characters have depth and are compelling, the protagonist (Ari) is very sympathetic, and that the story is a gripping tear-jerker. I was also impressed with this novel’s realistic portrayal of teen sex, teen pregnancy, dysfunctional familial relationships, death, depression, loneliness, feminism (it's veiled, but it's there), and bec [...]

    18. Will on said:

      2.5 starsFirstly, this book does not deserve such a gorgeous cover. It gives people false hope of a good book This book is.I'm not entirely sure what word I want to use but the phrase 'all over the place' would fit as well.This book went up and down for me. More down than up. I look at this book as though it's in 3 parts:1st Part - not good. I hated the characters.2nd Part - uplifting and good. I felt like the book was heading in a good direction.3rd Part - back to being bad (although the ending [...]

    19. Glass on said:

      I really liked this book. It's about figuring out what you want, geting to know yourself and people around you, growing up, taking chances and making the wright choices - and, above all it's about girl power - something I'm raised to believe in.

    20. Bella' on said:

      Es una historia que muestra el crecimiento de la protagonista, los cambios emocionales que va teniendo de acuerdo a sus cambios físicos, y después el cómo va llegando a la madurez. Ari es una chica común y corriente que se enfrenta a sus propios demonios cada día, y no son para nada de otro mundo. Son las cosas que pasan en la vida real: envidias, celos, pleitos entre hermanas; amistades, cómo se dan y cómo con el tiempo se pierde; la influencia de los padres ante lo que quieren que seamo [...]

    21. Lucy on said:

      Ariadne (Ari) Mitchell attends public high school in Brooklyn. She is artistic and dreams of one day attending Parsons School of Design and of falling in love. Ari’s best friend Summer is beautiful and flashy and attends the exclusive Hollister Prep on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. When Ari’s family receives an inheritance, they decide to send her to Hollister Prep. Ari’s preppy style and artistic sensibility is more of a match at Hollister. She quickly makes a new friend Leigh who introd [...]

    22. Cass -Words on Paper on said:

      4/5I'm not even entirely sure how I feel about this. Other Words for Love is an inspired and empowering book that reveals important morals that I appreciated during my reading. Ari was such a genuine character that not only could I connect and relate to her on so many levels, I was also able to understand her rationale behind her actions and sympathise with her at her low-points. Other Words for Love is unlike all other contemporaries, in that love is portrayed as OTHER than what it normally ent [...]

    23. Alison on said:

      Other Words for Love. What a breath of fresh air. As an adult who reads YA, it's rare that I find something like this. There's a lot of well-written and enchanting YA out there, but a lot of it is also vapid, silly, girl meets guy and two minutes later they're in love with no explanation, no background, nothing happening in the story except for their cotton candy romance. There is also YA with hard-edged characters who are cruel, shallow, annoying, and no explanation is ever given as to why they [...]

    24. Jacinda on said:

      Other Words for Love is a superb debut novel by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and I’m very, very happy that I picked up this book. From the first few pages I just knew this book was going to have the perfect amount of humor, seriousness, dialogue, and inner dialogue, and it came through.Other Words for Love is set in New York in the 1980s, specifically 1985-1988. Those dates are really special to my sister and myself…I was born in ’85 and she was born in ’88. So for me, it was really nostalgi [...]

    25. Carina on said:

      Read OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE if you want a story that is raw and romantic, sad but hopeful, serious but humorous, gritty yet gorgeous. It's not a shallow YA, where parents don't even have a role in the story and the teenagers barely have an intelligent or meaningful thought. This novel has a strong plot that moves quickly, but it's literary. What I mean by literary is character-driven, where the focus is not only on the story but on the inner workings of the main character's mind. Her thoughts on h [...]

    26. Kadora on said:

      Other Words For Love has so much honesty and realism that it connected me to the characters right off the bat. It is filled with raw emotion and all the exhilaration, heartbreak, joy and pain of life.cially that of a young person during her interactions with family, friends and romantic interests. It is edgy in many ways and it boldly and effectively defies the conventional YA premise. If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted story with heart, depth and meaning, this novel is for you. Altho [...]

    27. Aleeeeeza on said:

      this book isn't groundbreaking or phenomenal. instead, it's the kind of book that you read and sigh at the end of, emotionally exhausted. and then you find yourself thinking about it some days later and smile, feeling it's aftereffects as if you went through the main character's journey yourself.or, well, it was like that for me. :)

    28. Kelly on said:

      I love this book. It's just so good, and Ari is a very real and sympathetic character. I love the way romance and family issues are written realistically, and the ending was perfect.

    29. Jess on said:

      SO GOOD!!!!!! The author is clearly an insider to New York's social structure.

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