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Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

I just closed this book and decided I'd best blog about it right away before the magic fades.

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan is a remarkable and unique book and it makes me want to grab a dictionary and try to write the rest of the blog in the same style as the book.

remarkable, adj.
     I am reading along thinking this book is so clever.  Every page starts with a different word from the dictionary, in alphabetical order, and tells the story by defining the word in context to the developing relationship. It really is quite extraordinary and notably refreshing. I sure hope this book gets the attention it deserves.

unique, n., adj.
     I have never read a book like it before.  It is the sole example of a tale written as if by a dictionary, to my knowledge.

urge, v.
     Does this earnest recommendation press you into action and make you want to jump up, run to the libray or bookstore, and take a look at this book?  I sure hope so.  I do recommend that you grab a dictionary before you sit down with it as there may be a few words you'll need to look up--I did!

example, n.
     Though I am having fun trying to emulate his work, take a look at a few samples of Mr. Levithan's own words:
corrode, v.
I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust. -p.64
ineffable, adj.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. 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. -p. 120
lover, n.
Oh, how I have hated this word...I have never wanted a lover.  In order to have a lover, I must go back to the root of the word. For I have never wanted a lover, but I have always wanted to love, and be loved. - p. 137
Here is what David Levithan says about the book on his website: 
The Lover’s Dictionary, my first book about post-teenagers, has now hit stores. As with many of my novels, it started as a story for Valentine’s Day – it was February 1st, and I knew I only had two weeks to write something, so I opened up a book of “words to know” and decided to take random words and apply them to a relationship. The result? The story of two people who have been together for a little over two years, told entirely in dictionary form. All the ups, all the downs, and all the in-between. --David Levithan

savor, v. with object
     I gave myself over to the enjoyment of this book.  I heartily recommend it to mature readers and hope they'll enjoy every minute of it, too.


  1. How impressed am I that you did your post in the style of the book (and not an easy style, I might add). Very impressive. It sounds like an interesting book.

  2. Awesome review! I went out and bought this one tonight, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. :)

  3. Oh, wow, amazing review! Hearing that the book is written in the same unique way as this review is very exciting. Can't wait to read this one!

  4. What a fabulous review! When I first learned about this book, I envisioned some super talented blogger trying to write a dictionary style review. I'm so happy you actually did it! The Lover's Dictionary sounds just lovely, if not a little sad.

  5. Clever review, Anne :) I love how originality never ceases to amaze and seems to be infinite.

  6. Thanks for this review. It makes me want to read the book even more. I am a new follower.

    P.S. - Thanks for stopping by Reading Lark! :)


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