“4.5 stars. Loved it, was so unique and well-written.”Kristen wrote this review Tuesday, March 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 stars”C.D. wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is amazing! I was interested to see how the author would attempt to create characters in a book made solely of definitions. Strangely enough, the book would have suffered in any other format. I recommend this book to anyone willing to look into this frustrating and confusing relationship.”AunnaLea wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alphabetical, bashful, comedic,delightful,energetic,....sweet.”Paula Wall wrote this review Saturday, January 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love David Levithan's writing. This was a quick read, but he got to some bare emotional bones using very little dialog or plot. Maybe some of it hit close to home for me personally, but I thought this book was moving.”sgunny wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Poignant.”Sara S wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Some books are gifts. They hide between their pages exactly what you were looking for, unnamable feelings that touch your soul, give you back the words you wanted to say but couldn’t string together.
David Levithan co-wrote one of my favorite books, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. For this reason alone, I became a fan. Something about the way he writes just conquered my heart right away. I knew this was going to be one of those beautiful voyages, the kind you take when you open a book that you know will speak to you. However, I was unprepared for just how much I was going to hear.
The Lover’s Dictionary tells a story through dictionary entries, where the main characters remain unnamed and each page holds profound meaning. It is a story of a relationship, a love that faces struggles, daily challenges, real things – two humans, loving each other, trying together. These words are love words, but also hurt words, hope words, dream words. There were times when I literally had to stop, hand above my heart, trying to hold whatever was spilling out. This book represents the best in writing – endless pictures of love, constantly trying to conjure up feelings that can’t be described.
I am in awe of this man’s talent, his ability to make real the dark corners of the soul and of the heart.
rest, v. and n.
Rest with me for the rest of this.
That’s it. Come closer.
“Recommended ages 18 and up.
Cute and true about relationships. Tells the story of a pair of lovers through the use of dictionary entries. Also, short--only took me about an hour to read.”
“This is a love story. The love story itself is not extraordinary, it is not a story of "star-crossed lovers" or a perfect love with a happy ending. Rather, it is the story of a completely average couple and their progression from first date to exclusivity to living together and beyond. It is the story you or I could have with out significant others.
What really makes this book profound is that instead of telling the story chronoligically it tells it by showing us those bits and pieces of the relationship that mean the most; the simple things between a couple that make their story unique to them but evoke the emotions that we all can connect to within our own relationships.
This is really an intimate look at the relationship that is reminiscent of diary entries. There are some philosophical musings as well as more mundane definitions that serve to give a complete picture of a relationship.
The first three nights we spent together, I couldn't sleep. I wasn't used to your breathing, your feet on my legs, your weight in the bed. In truth, I still sleep better when I'm alone. But now I allow that sleep isn't always the most important thing.
I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.
I really loved this book. I loved the concept, I thought the writing was beautiful and intimate and relatable. It's a love story that could be anyone's and that's a big part of what makes it so beautiful. ”
“A story told through word choices in the dictionary. The description of the moment in the relationship follows the as the word's definition. Highly inventive. How could one get a picture and a story through simple word entries? It works. Trust me. This story works.”Rina wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No