[Mini-Review] The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Posted May 5, 2015 by Shelly in Reviews / 4 Comments

[Mini-Review] The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
The Lover's Dictionary
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, MacMillian
on January 4th 2010
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 211


A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.

I have no idea how to even describe The Lover’s Dictionary. Essentially, it’s a dictionary. But instead of the meaning of each word, it’s a short paragraph describing a scenario,thought or action involving that word. Specially, involving the main character and his lover. Hence, The Lover’s Dictionary is a perfect title.

I’m not going to lie: I have no idea how to review this book. Let me just describe what I liked about it: it was interesting, it was engaging, it made me want to hug the main character. I loved the writing and the plot and the romance and EVERYTHING. David Levithan can write a grocery list, and I’d read it.

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(Okay fine, this wasn’t a proper review but let me say this: if the premise above intrigues you and you’re interested in reading something new, try The Lover’s Dictionary. It’s not a long book and I think it’s worth it!)

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4 responses to “[Mini-Review] The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

  1. Ahhhhh…. my heart! This was the first David Levithan book I picked up, and it was right after a particularly difficult breakup, and let me tell you, this book wrecked me. I love this book so much because it speaks to the heart and the reality of what it’s like to be in love no matter if you’re straight or gay… I think that’s what I liked about this book most. He never used pronouns to delineate the genders of the characters involved. And that allowed me to identify with this book more and put my own situation into the pages. Ugh so good! 🙂
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  2. Haha loved this review Shelly! I’m happy you liked this book. I’ve been eyeing it for a while but honestly I’ve picked it up at the bookstore a few times and it blows my mind how David Levithan was able to take such an original idea and craft a complete narrative?? Like HOW. HOW DO YOU DO THAT.
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