Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's DictionaryThe Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary: 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.

This is a really short book, so it's going to be a short review.

I thought the format of this book was the coolest thing since sliced bread! I actually learned a ton of new words.

The story wasn't bad. It was good, not the best. It was simply a person's documented experiences with love, betrayal, happiness, sadness,heartbreak, everything that goes along with that thing called love.
I don't know why this is classified as an adult fiction book, because there was no more mature content that I could see, so don't be discouraged by that.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, just for the format of the book. I've never seen anything like it before.

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