…There is no word for the recipient of the love. There is only a word for the giver. There is the assumption that lovers come in pairs.
It is always said that there are no words to describe love. This book, The Lover’s Dictionary, is an attempt of an unnamed character to do just that, in the form of a dictionary. From abyss, to clandestine, to detachment, to jerk, to persevere, to woo.
I enjoyed reading The Lover’s Dictionary, and here are the reasons why:
1. It was a DICTIONARY! I know it is in the title but I really didn’t expect to see this in the first page:
2. It was a novel arranged not in relation to time, but, in relation to the alphabet. Yes, because it is a dictionary, the entries are arranged alphabetically. But, in doing this, David Levithan creates a fresh way to tell a story. While reading through the pages, there are quick jumps and gaps to the timeline of the story, that will be filled a few pages later on. It opens up the mind into wondering – Whoa! Wait, what just happened??. And when a book makes you wonder, that just spells T-H-U-M-B-S U-P.
3. It is easily relatable. It was for me, and I think for most. Maybe not all of the dictionary entries. But in reading this book, I have shared two quotes in my Instagram.
- Everything was worded beautifully. I mean, it is really hard not to quote all the words and pages of this book!
5. It is a novel for relationships of any gender. Sure, we know that the unnamed narrator is a HE. But his partner? Nothing was mentioned. I love this about David Levithan. How it is possible to create that feeling of romance, of love – regardless of the sexual orientation of the main characters.
This book was a short and sweet read. Also, it creates that itch to discover new words and search their meanings in the dictionary. It certainly leaves that impact – in its writing form and in its content. It was funny and crazy in some places, in some sad, in others ecstatic. A lot like love itself.
My Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 – Go read it!
‘Til the next book,