The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

17 Feb

breathtaking, adj.

“Those mornings when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word.”

Levithan’s first novel for adults brings the reader into the romantic relationship between two nameless characters told completely in the format of a dictionary. Words are listed alphabetically with a snippet from the relationship that relates to the word. Some words have a sentence of definition/story. Others are a few pages in length. All tell of the intricacies, humor, passion and secret fears that reside in everyone involved in a relationship.

The beauty of the words in this book take my breath away. The format lends itself to being able to easily pick up where you left off weeks ago, but I doubt you will be able to.  Levithan has a gift in bringing the simplest of thought into the riot of emotions that are part and parcel to a relationship between two people. There is a comfortable, familiar feel here and you will want to know where it all leads. An easy read that will stick with you. 2011, 211 pages.

Oh, and just incase it all sounds too “mushy”, take this entry into account too.

flagrant, adj.

“I would be standing right there, and you would walk out of the bathroom without putting the cap back on the toothpaste.”

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