February 14, 2013

The Lover's Dictionary

"love, n.   I'm not going to even try."

What are the right words to describe love? In this unique format, David Levithan's character describes his relationship through dictionary entries.

In one word: brilliant. In this day and age of 140-character stories and short attention spans, this book told a romance story in our time. Instead of chapters, each page begins with a different word starting with letters A-Z. Each dictionary entry is a snippet of the couple's relationship: from their first kiss to the ups and downs.

The story is not necessarily told in chronological order. Heck, the narrator and the couple's names aren't even revealed. But piecing together the story is the joy of it! The format kept me reading and wanting to know more about these anonymous characters and their love life. There were also lots of entries that made me go, hmmm...

The Lover's Dictionary is unconventional. It is not your normal lovey-dovey story. It is word play at its finest. There were so many dictionary entries that I loved. I've shared a few throughout this review. Ponder them for just a moment, then dedicate a few hours to read The Lover's Dictionary.

Title: The Lover's Dictionary
Author: David Levithan
Published: January 2011
Pages: 271
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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