Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

A sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries
basis, n.
There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you're in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.
If the moment doesn't pass, that's it--you're done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it's even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover's face.
How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
While a really short book, I found this book to be very unique and enjoyable. The characters were never defined or really developed. It was short snapshot of several people's lives and while not long, it is enjoyable and amazing. The writing was gorgeous and I loved every moment of it. David Levithan is a genius. This book is unlike anything thing that I have ever read. It was truly epic. I suggest that you read it. It is short, sweet, and just lovely. I can't wait to see what Levithan brings next...


  1. i really want to read this. it sounds like a wonderful premise.


  2. It's pretty much exactly how I felt about it. Loved it!

  3. I have this one, but I haven't read it yet. I will rectify that very soon though because I love me some David Levithan!

  4. I'm really looking forward to this. I love everything David does!


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