Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review- The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan


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" constructs 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.


I have no idea how to write a review for The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. David Levithan takes creativity to a whole new level. The Lover's Dictionary is a book written in a form of a dictionary where every alphabet moves the story forward.

Each entry is small and precise but it effortlessly moves the story forward while creating two very three dimensional characters. I loved every single entry in the Lover's Dictionary. David Levithan makes you relate to a statement word for word. The book is super short and gets over in a span of minutes but it still leaves an impact on you.

I have highlighted several passages from the Lover's Dictionary just for the simple fact that David Levithan can string together words exactly the way I would like to think. I can't really say that there was anything new in it because there wasn't. But just the way it was written was perfect. The only thing I didn't like was the open ending. I wanted more closure.

I'll leave you to try the book out for yourself by leaving two of my favorite definitions from the book.

livid, adj.

Fuck you for cheating on me. Fuck you for reducing it to the word cheating. As if this were a card game, and you sneaked a look at my hand. Who came up with the term cheating, anyway? A cheater, I imagine. Someone who thought liar was too harsh. Someone who thought devastator was too emotional. The same person who thought, oops, he'd gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Fuck you. This isn't about slipping yourself an extra twenty dollars of Monopoly money. These are our lives. You went and broke our lives. You are so much worse than a cheater. You killed something. And you killed it when its back was turned.

yearning, n. and adj.

At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.


  1. I have read this one a while ago and I really liked the way this book was written. I really admire his ability to find the right worlds not just to describe things but to move things forward. I love your two picks. Great review, Janhvi :)

  2. Wow. This sounds amazing. What a creative idea, definitely want to check this one out.

  3. GAH! Don't you love it?! It is so different from everything I have ever read and so perfect in so many ways. I re-read entries from this book ALL the time. It is so honest and real and beautiful. I am so happy to see you picked this one up and enjoyed it.


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