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The Lover's Dictionary

Levithan, David (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Lover's Dictionary

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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 c onstructs 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.
Authors: Levithan, David
Title: The lover's dictionary
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781250002358
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: David Levithan
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction Couples Fiction Vocabulary Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
LCCN: 2010014392
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Jul 09, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

David Levithan's format of using dictionary phrases was a fresh way to intrigue readers. I loved looking up new words and then pondering about how the words related to the story line. While the lack of names, dates, and chronology was a bit confusing, I was still hooked!

Jun 19, 2014
  • barkylee15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, this was exceptionally well-written. You can easily read this book within an hour and even though each entry may only be a few sentences, Levithan knows how to pack a punch within each one. Beautiful. A very creative and unique way to tell a love story. Highly recommended.

NYPL Staff Pick
Two lovers live out the story of their relationship through short dictionary excerpts written in provocative and captivating prose, providing a visceral look at love.
- Selection Team

Oct 26, 2013
  • jorbenton rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! It's definitely a different type of read but I found it worth it! Would recommend it!

Aug 23, 2013
  • trishhh17 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is more likely written in a dictionary format. There's a word and a little bit of story about the character's life. If you like a story that have different characters in it, have a plot with a real story and written in chronological order this would not be the book for you.

Aug 16, 2013
  • Pyrophilic rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There wasn't much of a plot (well, I could sense one sort of, but it's the sort where you have to piece it together), but it was still a good book to pass the time with. And yes, the ending was a bit abrupt.

Apr 05, 2013
  • cheesecake1357 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazingly written. I did not know you could write a beautiful story out of order like that. Inspired me so much, I have got to get my own copy!

Feb 19, 2013
  • AKesek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! It was a quick read but I could really relate to the story. Also, Levithan put feelings I've had into words. I loved this book so much that I'm going to buy a copy of my own and look into other works by the author.

Jan 04, 2013
  • ChocolateChips rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy the way David Levithan presents different facets of a story and leaves it to the reader to piece them together. A sweetly sad, poignant read.

Nov 19, 2012
  • acritics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While at times it had me laughing out loud, it was also a poignant look at pain and betrayal. The format, a dictionary of terms related to love defined by episodes in a specific relationship, was interesting. It disrupted the narrative flow of the story, but I still got a sense of the ups and downs of a relationship over time. I liked the way certain scenes repeated in different definitions, each time showing a different aspect of the experience. I got a real sense of the lingering and recurring strain that one partner’s cheating can have on the relationship. I also liked the way that Levithan shows the ups and downs of being a couple but that with commitment to stay together it can work. I wasn’t blown away, but it was an enjoyable read.

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Jun 26, 2012
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Jun 26, 2012
  • meechelledeeiaz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

blemish, n.

The slight acne scars. The penny-sized, penny-shaped birthmark right above your knee. The dot below your shoulder that must have been from when you had chicken pox in third grade. The scratch on your neck-- did I do that?

This brief transcript of moments, written on the body, is so deeply satisfying to read.


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