“Absolutely one of my favorite books. Levithan is so creative and talented it makes me jealous. Very fast read but it will impact you.”Samantha Bert wrote this review Sunday, February 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the most intimate book ive ever read
it felt like i was intruding in on someones life
i loved peeling back the layers if the relationship
a really deep read
i highly recommend it”
“Amazing... I think anyone who has ever had love can identify with this book. I would recommend it to everyone I know.”Danielle! wrote this review Tuesday, January 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lorna - Hour 4
“The Lover’s Dictionary” by David Levithan was definitely something different than most would expect. It was a simple, realistic love story, but what made it different to me was how it was written. Most books are written in a chronological format with some possible straying from that path, but this book was completely non-linear and non-chronological. It was in dictionary format and with each word came a story of two lovers that matched. The organization is what made the book a very wonderful and different read.
For being left anonymous the characters were very believable and realistic. There were only few hints given about the characters; their genders were barely given away through small hints about articles of clothing. The reason the characters were so believable was because their relationship was very realistic and true to what new adult couples in real life go through. Levithan did very well at holding my attention throughout the book because the small stories that went along with some words were things that anyone in a relationship – young or old, new or established – could relate to. The anonymity of the characters gave me and any other reader the chance to fill themselves in the characters shoes and that is what made it an extremely great, but simple novel. Every word entry in “The Lover’s Dictionary” was a scene and I had many favorites, but my absolute favorite would have to be the scene paired with the word tableau. It describes the anonymous couple – now dating for two years – visiting friends who had been together for ten years. It is described how familiar the friends are with each other and how seeing them so close that gives the narrator comfort about how things can in fact last. I enjoyed it so much because of how anyone wants to have that kind of reassurance and that in seeing it within others gives it to you. It was a moment that many humans would like to be in because of how it can be encouraging. I don’t think that I would change much in the novel. So much of it was realistic and the techniques that Levithan uses – such as, the anonymity of the couple – make it even more of believable novel. I suppose what I would have wanted more of was more length. I wished there were a few more scenes added to know more about the couple at whatever point they may have been in at that time.
This book is definitely something I would recommend to many people. It is very simple and short, but it is full of moments that many people would love to have and many others love to hear about. It is a book that many people could put themselves into because of how vague ”
“Originally reviewed on Shallwrite.com.
The Lover’s Dictionary is set in contemporary New York city, but it could be set anywhere because the situation is so widely relatable. Narrated by a man in a relationship with a woman for two years (co-habitating for slightly less), Levithan writes about the fragile, euphoric, mundane, and precious moments of falling in love and sustaining a relationship.
Levithan breaks the novel down into a series of alphabetical vignettes based on a word from the dictionary. His lyrical prose and poignant use of language impressed me and I would often pause at the end of a paragraph and think, Damn, that’s brilliant!
I loved The Lover’s Dictionary in the beginning because it captured those thrilling moments that come with new love. As the non-linear narrative (I use the term loosely here) progresses, the subject does get a bit depressing. No relationship is perfect, and the longer two people are in one the more problems demand to be confronted. Sometimes it’s small things like leaving socks on the floor, and sometimes it’s big things like a drinking problem or infidelity.
The Lover’s Dictionary contains a love that, while familiar, is not whole. Several times I found myself thinking, Is this how other people experience relationships? It is all about competition and insecurities and tiny offences like leaving the cap off the toothpaste? I wanted to smack the narrator sometimes and tell him to grow a backbone, preferably before his insecurities and self-loathing get in the way of his ability to love his girlfriend. Not that she’s perfect either–if he’s too sensitive, she’s not sensitive enough to the thoughts and feelings of others.
Regardless of what I think of the characters, their human flaws do not detract from the beauty of Levithan’s prose or the poignancy of his subject. The Lover’s Dictionary is a quick read that will get you thinking about relationships and the little moments/actions that change everything.”
“I will be honest, when I started reading the first few pages I had doubts and debated on the fact weather if I should continue reading or not. And because it was a short and quick read I decided to continue. Boy, am I glad I did!!! It was hard getting used to the format in which this book was written. But after a while of beautiful and almost poetic writing I was in awe with the way Levithan was able to tell the story of this couple in simple words and in no chronological order which made it even more interesting. One of the reasons why I loved this book as much as I did was for the way Levithan's words made me feel inside and almost making my heart skip a beat! Lol. Here is one of my favorite entries:
That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, my chin, my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising, I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.”
“I loved the format. I thought it was a really cute read. ”Stephanie M wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful novel in flash fiction stories.”Mark Budman wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was sad, yet optimistic. Not my favorite David Levithan, but good nonetheless. ”Tomi lasley wrote this review Thursday, January 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gracie C. McKeever (c) December 2011
A unique and interesting premise, a story about a couple in love and the trials they face living together, told in the confines of dictionary format.
Some colorful and memorable metaphors and narrative make this not too bad a way to spend an hour or two. ”