Title: Other Words for Love
Author: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Pages: 268 (hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
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, 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?
Emotional and vivid, Other Words for Love is a stunning page-turner filled with drama, struggles, betrayals, and lessons. Highly developed characters and poetic writing, Rosenthal has proved to be an author to watch.
The writing is imaginative and beautiful… I felt like I was Ari as I flipped through those pages. It is poetic… emotional… just amazing. The plot became to be very absorbing and page-turning. Rosenthal perfectly captures the setting of New York City and the time period, the 80’s.
Ari. I love Ari. She has an extremely strong voice… one of the strongest in young adult novels. Her complexity definitely made me love her even more. A lot of her experiences in this novel were very relatable. There were many hardships, drama, and a lot of barriers she had to try and go through. She’s smart, young, and talented… And then there’s Blake. He was so sweet to Ari, as well as understanding… a perfect gentleman.
The pace of the relationship between Ari and Blake was just right. Their relationship was sweet and there wasn’t so much pressure between each other, it was all adorable romance and at times, emotional. I liked seeing how they were falling in love because their chemistry is amazing.
There were many struggles and detours in this story but I don’t want to spoil anything because you’ll have to find out for yourself. Rosenthal has definitely earned a spot in my favorite authors list.
Other Words for Love is a remarkable debut… it’s much more than a romance. If I were to describe this novel in one word... hmmm… I can’t think of any other words for love. Just love love love.