Review * The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

February 17, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * The Lover’s Dictionary by David LevithanThe Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Published by Farrar on January 4, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 211
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

I read The Lover’s Dictionary for Courtney’s (Abducted by Books) Levithan Love-a-thon! You should totally check out her post and join in on the Levithan fun!

What I Thought…

  • The Lover’s Dictionary is the most uniquely formatted book I’ve ever read. The story is told through entries in a dictionary of sorts. I really liked the definitions and how Levithan utilized the words in ways that I never would have thought of.
  • The Lover’s Dictionary is a quick read, coming in at 211 pages with many of those pages only half full. That doesn’t make the book any less though. The words and definitions are powerful. The writing in The Lover’s Dictionary is very smooth and even though they tell a story it is easy to find quotes that apply to you and not just to the story in the book.
  • The narrator of The Lover’s Dictionary doesn’t have a name, which in most cases would bother me, but I didn’t really care about the story so it didn’t matter. I can’t even really tell you much about the story because I found it to be a bit choppy. I don’t know if it was because I was more into the definitions or because the main “story” was a bit broken but I didn’t care one way or another what the outcome of the relationship would be.
  • The Lover’s Dictionary is a book I would recommend to almost anyone, even if it’s just to glance at a few of the definitions.

Notable Quotes

Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”

Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
“There are things I miss,” you said. “But if I didn’t have you, I’d miss more.”



One Response to “Review * The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan”

  1. Courtney

    Thank you so much for participating in the Levithan Loveathon! And I am so glad that you liked the book! The definitions are amazing and you picked one of my favorites as one of the quotes!
    “No matter how many words there are there will never be enough.” That is part of the definition for the word ineffable and when I went to the David Levithan book signing a couple of years ago that was the page I asked him to sign for me. And when he did he signed “Ineffably yours, David Levithan”
    My friend Holly also asked him to sign on the page with the quote that said something about how they knew it would be okay to live with eachother when the girl said that she needed her books to have their own bookshelf. And when he signed that page he wrote something like “hopeing this book will always find a spot on your bookshelf, David Levithan”
    He’s so great!
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