Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fiction Tuesday - THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY by David Levithan


Its a small book. None the less its a novel. It was also considered Best Book Of The Month back in January at Amazon.

In his first book for adults, popular young-adult novelist David Levithan creates a beautifully crafted exploration of the insecurities, tenderness, anger, and contented comfort that make romantic relationships so compelling (or devastating). Through sparingly written, alphabetical entries that defy chronology in defining a love affair, The Lover’s Dictionary packs an emotional wallop. For "breathtaking (adj.)," the unnamed narrator explains, "Those moments when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word." For "exacerbate (v.)," he notes, "I believe your exact words were: 'You’re getting too emotional.'" Ranging from over a page to as short as "celibacy (n.), n/a," the definitions-as-storyline alternate between heart-wrenching and humorous--certainly an achievement for a book structured more like Webster’s than a traditional novel. Proving that enduring characters and conflict trump word count, Levithan’s poignant vignettes and emotional candor will remind readers that sometimes in both fiction and life, less is truly more--and the personal details of love can be remarkably universal. --Jessica Schein

"I thought it might be interesting to take random words from that book (words you need to know), in alphabetical order, and tell the story of a relationship through those words, in dictionary form. I didn’t plan any of it out--I let the words tell the story. And two weeks later, I had the story version of The Lover’s Dictionary." Levithan says about the book.

It's a quick read. If you are fan of his Young Adult books, you are sure to want to add this one to your collection or list of MUST READS.

10 comments:

Krystal said...

i will add it!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have wanted to read this since I first learned of its release. Fabulous review, darling! :)

little t said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book- Im adding it!

hollyaoks fan fiction said...

Sounds like great book to start summer with.

ellie's desk said...

Really love his writing.

Natalie said...

I read it and really enjoyed it!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

OH this sounds fabulous! I'm adding it to my reading list right now!

xo Mary Jo

O V said...

Its so interesting. The situations he puts in the book.

meg said...

So want to read this.

Syed said...

What a lovely and fun sounding book! Will try to get my hands on a copy.