The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan #Review

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover’s Dictionary
Released:
January 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
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★★★☆☆
Synopsis:
A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.

 

My Thoughts

I am smitten with the format of The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. The novel is a series of dictionary entries, and each word represents a feeling or a thought or a moment that occur during the course of a romantic relationship. The entries are brief, but Levithan’s writing is powerful. If you’ve been in love or if you’ve been hurt or if you’ve been in love with the idea of love, then at least one passage will resonate with you, knock you down, leave you breathless. This was mine:

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I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust.

The Lover’s Dictionary is told in alphabetical order instead of chronological order, and while I appreciated the creativity of the storytelling, I did struggle with the story as a whole. At first, I thought I was reading vignettes about many different relationships. It wasn’t until the end that I realized it was about just one relationship. I ended up giving the book a quick, second read-through so I could gain a better understanding of what I had just read. I also feel like I may have picked this book up at a bad time. The Lover’s Dictionary isn’t the happiest of novels. For every entry about love and butterflies, there were twice as many about drinking too much, distrust, and complacency, and it weighed heavy on my heart.

I recommend this book…but not if you’re falling in love because it will just “harsh your mellow”. And not if you’ve just gotten out of a relationship because it will make you feel even worse. Everyone else should give it a go though!

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3 thoughts on “The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan #Review

  1. As intrigued as I am by this author’s writing style, I’m not convinced that it’s conducive to a good story. It doesn’t seem to me like it would flow overly well. I just recently got married, so this one’s probably not for me. Lovely review though!

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  2. I was hesitant about reading this book, and I still am. I thought I wouldn’t be able to read through the whole thing without being bored because of the format, but I think I might read it anyway, because I’m curious. Plus, I love the passage you shared.

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