The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan

“In 185 snapshot moments, The Lover’s Dictionary tells the story of a love affair between two people in New York. Moving, funny, heart-breaking and life-affirming, it is a story that anyone who has ever fallen in love will recognise.”

I couldn’t really describe this in any way other than the way it is shown on the back of the book so I had to use the synopsis from the book, sorry!

I picked this up at the library today because I saw a video of Cathy over at Justkissmyfrog where she was talking about it, and also, I have been meaning to pick up something else by David Levithan ever since I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson last year. This was a very interesting read mostly because of the writing and the formatting.

The writing style was beautiful and poetic, describing events and emotions in such a way that make them seem completely real to the reader. I felt that the writing was much stronger in this book than the previous one of his I had read, and I will definitely be picking up more of Levithan’s works soon. I just think that the way the relationship developed over the course of the book was realistic yet still really interesting to read about.

The formatting was the most interesting I have come across in any book. It is written in the form of dictionary entries, with the title word being relevant to what is said, with the narrative running throughout. I found this compelling to read as the titles gave clues to what would eventually take place but some of the entries were so short that this book made for a really quick read of only about an hour despite having about 215 pages.

This was an interesting idea that David Levithan executed perfectly, making something that could have been cheesy and sickly sweet, into a poetic and deep narrative with interesting ideas and very real events.


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