The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary

by David Levithan
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
I'll let the description speak for itself in explaining the book, but I will say: this is a short read. I finished it in about an hour and like always, David Levithan does not disappoint. The format of The Lover's Dictionary is unlike anything I've ever read before. Short snippets of the lives of a couple are showcased through dictionary definitions. The chosen words play out in each scenario, some funny, some tender, some angry, and some a little heartbreaking. Levithan somehow captures the narrator and made me care for him. He remains nameless, as does the woman in question, but the two of them have this up and down, rollercoaster of a relationship that will get into your heart and make you feel for them. The Lover's Dictionary is not fun or lighthearted; it is real and full of aching and pain, but also the budding curiosity of new love and the hope for a forever. David Levithan is a force to be reckoned with and this book showcases that. Each page brought with it another line of inspiration or a few words that just jumped out and grabbed me. I don't even have a favorite line, I have about ten. Opening line: Aberrant, adj. "I don't normally do this kind of thing," you said. ~ pg. 3 Favorite lines (one of many): You were asleep, and I imagined you older and older. Your hair graying, your skin folded and creased, your breath catching. And I found myself thinking: If this continues, if this goes on, then when I die, your memories of me will be my greatest accomplishment. Your memories will be my most lasting impression. ~ pg. 161
Catherine Poling More than 1 year ago
my vocabulary certainly grew as i read this. i was very glad to be reading on a device with a built in dictionnary. the author clearly captured all of the nuances that make this book so unique. i wanted more though....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So relatable. Reminds us all of the range of emotions and complications in a relationship
PaulGNYC More than 1 year ago
I saw David Levithan read the book tonight at Borders in NYC--a moving evening. David's passion comes through each line read, each written. I love his books, but I didn't know he was such a wonderful performer. He feels deeply as he reads, and he's hilarious when he isn't breaking your heart--no, he's hilarious when he's breaking your heart too. His is a beautiful heart, such a generous artist. The Lover's Dictionary is one of the most creative novels I've read. Alphabetized entries headed by beautiful words most of us don't take the time to speak anymore give pieces of a relationship that on one page is in devastating freefall, and then in the next entry the lovers are riding the heights. The structure is exhilarating, pulling you inside out with anticipation with each new chapter--and the chapters are short, at times only a line or two long. You want to linger on the language, but the relationship's constant ups and downs keep you moving into the next chapter. I kept thinking, Will they make it? Will their love last? It doesn't and it does--I won't spoil it for you. But having the chance to root for these two people was uplifting. The writing is gorgeous. I always feel this way about David's books, but TLD is different. It's so very poetic. With few words, the author had me hoping, wishing, wistful at times but above all laughing. So many moments in here rang true with my direct experience. That's my very favorite thing about the book: It speaks to so many of us, man, woman, gay, straight, human. It's a wonderful gift to us, to be able to see ourselves in a romance so heartfelt--and so cinematic. David's language is evocative. His characters are our friends, and I was blessed to spend time with them. Truly a lovely work of art, and a terrifically fun read too. I think it's the kind of book I might just get up the courage to read aloud with my wife--maybe after a beer or two. Thank you to David Levithan for putting the brakes on my cynicism for a night, for giving me one of the most rewarding reads I've had in a while, and to FSG for publishing such a beautiful work of art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. I loved the way it told stories through the definitions of different words. This book is one I would definitely recommend reading and it is such an easy read.
LiaBooks More than 1 year ago
This is BEAUTIFUL. I wasn't expecting such an original writing style or the extent to which I would be able to connect with this. Relationships are rocky, even the good ones. There are no lack of perfect and imperfect moments, and I think this is the first time I've ever seen an even remotely good example of every side of a couple's lives together. See my full video review here:
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
The Lover's Dictionary is definitely one of the more differently formatted books I have ever read. It is written as if it is a dictionary. This makes each page a different word, a different definition, an different piece of the story. The Lover's Dictionary details a relationship. The ups and downs. The ins and outs. Not necessarily in order. It is actually quite brilliant if you ask me. Something I really liked about this is that the relationship could be between two anyones. A male and a female. A female and a female. A male and a male. It doesn't really matter. David Levithan writes it in a way that you just never really know. This is actually something I realized part way into the book. I realized that I just placed genders on the two individuals involved in the love story. I based them off of a passage that I misread. Then, when I went back to that particular passage, I realized that they did not say what I thought. This was actually a quite eye opening moment for me. Oh. And the ending of this story? IT TOTALLY PISSED ME OFF....but it was totally brilliant at the same time. This one is also a super quick read. You will easily have it done in a matter of hours. Find more of my reviews here:
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Pros: Touching, breathtaking // Relatable in the subtlest aspects that everyone notices in relationships, but don't necessarily always put to words // Portrays love beautifully, humanly // Unusual concept of book structure, but I found it clever and very absorbing // Conveys a realistic view of a romance, as deep and exhausting as it may be—they don't always "end" like they do in books and movies // A very quick read, since each "chapter" is composed of one dictionary entry (1-2 pages each) Cons: Not a problem with the book itself, but with my inability to express with words how great it is: my review and the back cover synopsis do not do it justice! Verdict: Remarkable in ways that my own words fail to sufficiently articulate, The Lover's Dictionary is a comforting, candid, and devastating characterization of love, and the parallel irony to ever be able to adequately write about it. If I don't have you convinced, check out the corresponding Twitter page for a more succinct preview of what the book is like. David Levithan has an extensive fan base for valid reason; his grasp on the written word is adept, his understanding of the human tendency to fall in love with flaws is painfully accurate, and when his dictionary entries are pieced together, the end result is simultaneously witty and evocative. This is the kind of book I wish I could write: a subtle masterpiece and a hefty accomplishment. Rating: 10 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. Drop everything and go buy yourself a copy now! Source: Purchased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very sad. It makes you think of all the milestones and hardships in any relationship - even a successful one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i was completely uninspired it gave me something to think about
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Good little snippets of a story, excellent writing with some great quotes. The timeline makes it a little hard to follow the story, though, but it's a very simple story, so it isn't a big deal.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read short books but this has instantly become one of my favorites. I could have read it in a day or shorter but I had to stop frequently because of how raw the emotions were and how familiar it was for me. Great read if you're getting over a break up. 
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Interesting is best described for this dictionary style love story. Told through well, dictionary words. The cover I like and just realized after finishing reading this, that we don't know the couple's name. Everything we know, from their personalities, likes, dislikes, etc, but not their names. I kind of like that in a way. So, having read the author's other works that were with Rachel Cohn, Dash and Lily and Nick Norah being my favorites so far, this one I been wanting to read, mostly for the title and the cute cover. Giving me a Love Actually vibe for some reason. It sounded cute in a way. I don't know. Anyway, an interesting, angst ridden love story with moments that you kind of like at the same time but aren't sure the exact word to describe. If that makes sense.
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I'm not one to write reviews but this book is the exception. By Z, I felt like I knew the unnamed characters personally. Anyone in any stage of a relationship can relate to every word. Just what I needed right now. 
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thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
The Lover's Dictionary is a cute little story told in dictionary format. This is a collection of snippets that all together make up a modern day relationship. This couple has their ups and downs, their highs and lows. Levithan captures their story nicely and I think most couples would be able to relate to some of these entries. I found this one to be a quick read, I read it in bed one morning when I wanted to delve into something light. This is a quirky, charming, sometimes sad little gem of a book that I think would appeal to the hopeless romantics out there. ...Sometimes desire is air; sometimes desire is liquid. And every now and then, when everything else is air and liquid, desire solidifies, and the body is the magnet that draws its weight.... p.18, The Lover's Dictionary, David Levithan Disclaimer: I borrowed my copy of The Lover's Dictionary from the library. This review is my honest opinion.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan is a love story of a couple told through dictionary entries.   I know this sounds odd, but it totally works.   I enjoyed the story a lot, but I had two issues, which are directly related to each other:   Did the perspectives change from male to female?  Was one person telling the story the whole time?  I got confused with that.  Second, if the male was telling a chunk of the story, well, he's just too wimpy and romantic for my taste.   Honestly, though, the dictionary entries did not take away from the story in the least.  It was such a unique way to showcase an everyday type of relationship, with its ups and downs.  What do you think about reading a book in dictionary definition form?  Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book 
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Literary_Marie More than 1 year ago
What are the right words to describe love? In this unique format, David Levithan's character describes his relationship through dictionary entries. In one word: brilliant. In this day and age of 140-character stories and short attention spans, this book told a romance story in our time. Instead of chapters, each page begins with a different word starting with letters A-Z. Each dictionary entry is a snippet of the couple's relationship: from their first kiss to the ups and downs. The story is not necessarily told in chronological order. Heck, the narrator and the couple's names aren't even revealed. But piecing together the story is the joy of it! The format kept me reading and wanting to know more about these anonymous characters and their love life. There were also lots of entries that made me go, hmmm... The Lover's Dictionary is unconventional. It is not your normal lovey-dovey story. It is word play at its finest. There were so many dictionary entries that I loved. I've shared a few throughout this review. Ponder them for just a moment, then dedicate a few hours to read The Lover's Dictionary. Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
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