Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's Dictionary
by David Levithan

Summary: 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.
There isn’t a lot too say about this book, it’s more one of those “just read it and see” type books. I really loved it.

It was kind of like looking through a photo album of a relationship, only instead of pictures we were given little snapshots in words. I love the way all of the drabbles were linked and showed how their relationship progressed and told us just enough about them and their relationship that the reader feels like they get it, but there’s still so much left unsaid…I dunno, it’s complicated, but I loved it.

We’re not told many specifics about the actual characters - seriously, by the end of the book we don’t even know their names but that doesn’t even matter.

It’s a really, really quick read. Kind of the perfect thing to read between bigger books just to recharge. I think it’s the first David Levithan Book that I’ve read that isn’t co-written with Rachel Cohn (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List etc.) and it’s definitely left me wanting to read more of his books…he’s one of those writers that are just very real and as you’re reading the story, you’ll find so many parts that just have you thinking, “I concur!” or “Oh my god, that is exactly how I feel/felt!”

That’s all I can think to say; the book was awesome.



  1. I haven't heard of this book before but I love the cover and the concept intrigues me. Not sure if I would buy the book though, would prefer to get it out of the library to see if I got on with it.

  2. The only David Levithan I've ever read is Will Grayson, Will Grayson along with John Green (who is one of my all-time favorites). I saw a write-up on The Lover's Dictionary fairly recently and thought it sounded really interesting...interesting enough for me to seek out at the library. So far, it has been checked out when I'm there, but I'll keep looking. :)

  3. I feel I need this book in my life.



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