Revisit Week: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Published Jan. 4th, 2011
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
211 Pages

How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves?

Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time. -Goodreads

I first read this book when it came out. Bought it brand new at Border’s bookstore, when they were still around and it took about a week for me to get through it. Now about 6 years later, I wanted to re-read this book and as reading it, I can remember why I was so excited for this book but at the same time over it.

Levithan did a really creative job with breaking down words and instead of providing a basic definition, he provides a situation or a scenario. It is simply adorable. Some are short and some are long.

However, the issue with this book is it becomes redundant. Even though the stories are different after a while they all begin to sound the same. Because of this the book was too much to keep going.

Lover’s Dictionary is a really cute and good idea but it is too long to really enjoy the book.

2.5 Pickles

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