Friday Morning Bookclub

April 22, 2011

The Lover’s Dictionary By David Levithan

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Lover's Dictionary — susanbright @ 5:34 pm

autonomy, n.

“I want my books to have their own shelf,” you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.

When my friend Sharon lent me this book, she told me it was a “one sitting book” and she was right. There is something addicting about this novelette which is written like the entries in a dictionary. Each page gives you a glimpse into the lives of a young couple who meet online and move in together complete with all of its triumphs and heartbreak. Their love story unfolds letter by letter as opposed to chronologically, which makes reading it a little like putting together the pieces of a  puzzle.  With each “definition” being  only a page  or two long and in many cases only a few lines, it is hard to put down and easy to tell yourself  ” just one more!”

corrode, v.

I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust.

imperceptible, adj.

We stopped counting our relationship in dates (first date, second date, fifth date, seventh) and started counting it in months. That might have been the first true commitment, this shift in terminology. We never talked about it, but we were at a party and someone asked how long we’d been together, and when you said, “A month and a half,” I knew we had gotten there.

David Levithan’s newest book, The Lover’s Dictionary is witty, thought-provoking, and a little like reading someones private journal. What started off as a short Valentines Day story for his friends, turned into an insightful and thoroughly enjoyable read for all!


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