Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Lover's Dictionary- David Levithan

Title: The Lover's Dictionary
Author: David Levithan
Source: Borrowed
Series: No
Rating: 4/5
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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.
The lover’s Dictionary is set up in a dictionary format with entries in alphabetical order. Each entry gives a small look into the lives of the narrator and his lover. The story starts on there first date and displays the struggles they face as a couple. This book is very relatable. The struggles they face are ones all couples face at some point in there relationship. There are sweet moments and also betrayal.
I read this book in one sitting. It only took me about two hours to read. Some of the entries are a few sentences and others are a few pages long. You feel like you know the characters but at the same time you really don’t know much about them at all. We know what is going on inside the narrator’s head when he thinks about his lover but anything else to do with the world around them is minimal.
I absolutely adored this book. I loved how the author set the story and the short but in depth entries drew me in. I was not a fan of the other book I have read from this author but he changed my view in a good way.


  1. Fantastic review, Sara! This sounds fantastic and I like the sound of the format, it sounds very unique and I am sure I will be able to relate to this too!

  2. Very different from anything I have ever read.