Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I might be giving this book a whole lot more credit than I probably should but I’m basing my rating for this book on my feelings alone. I think it’s the sweetest and most realistic romance novel I’ve ever read. In equal parts sweet – to the point that I stand up and talk myself out of gushing so badly – and bittersweet, to the point I clutch the area of my shirt where my heart lies below, as if doing that can make that quick shot of pain disappear. Maybe it’s just me but I found the style in which the book was written so different, so brilliant. Moreover, I admire how great David Levithan is in writing this because it really felt like I was reading his entries, and not a persona he conjured. Maybe it is based on his own experiences but the sweetness and the pain and the reality is just too strong, I feel like I am reading someone’s reflections.

It’s not just that. What makes this incredible for me is that it’s written in the boyfriend’s perspective, which I deem fresh since I rarely read books with a male narrator. You must know I usually read YA so there’s that. Additionally, every dictionary entry was quotable. And I mean, everything is quotable. I would love to just post entries in my blog forever. David Levithan has this way with words that makes everything worth a reblog in Tumblr. The wordings are so simple yet when put together, has an impact so huge. During the time I was reading this, I felt lifted up and crashed down and transported to a different world.

You can take this review with a grain of salt, since I am nothing but a mere eighteen year old girl who rolls her eyes at sappy movies yet watches them all. I might be a girl who’s in love with the idea of love and that’s why this appeals to me. But take a chance, and read this book, and tell me if it didn’t reduce you to a mushy pile of goo.

I am not a writer but I will leave you with this quote from the book, which justifies that any words I put together will not be enough to describe this book or how I felt about it, because it’s an experience. Reading this book was an experience and I’d gladly relive it anytime, even right now, right after I just finished it.

“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 love this book and trying to write about why I love it is futile because words will never be enough. ❤


*Originally posted last April 7, 2012
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