‘The Lover’s Dictionary’ by David Levithan [Book Review]

Whilst at YALC earlier this year, I was perusing the stalls on the final day of the convention and naturally picked up some absolute bargains! One of those was The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan: I had never heard of this particular book, but when I was flicking through the pages the layout immediately grabbed my attention. Told through poetic dictionary definitions, it is unlike anything I had ever read before, hence its apt inclusion for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: The Lover’s Dictionary
Author: David Levithan
Released: 2011
Pages: 215
Category: #46 A book from a genre/sub genre you’ve never heard of
Rating: 7/10


“Maybe language is kind, giving us these double meanings. Maybe it’s trying to teach us a lesson, that we can always be two things at once.”

The Lover’s Dictionary is a story told through beautiful and obscure definitions: it is a wonderfully, uniquely written take on falling in love and being in love. Although it is a quick read it is incredibly emotive and thought-provoking, and the relationship between the two characters is deep and meaningful, with the book addressing both the highs and lows of relationships.

I really enjoyed this quirky and creative read; it successfully explores the turbulent dynamic between the main characters, from the early dating stage of their relationship, to moving in together and evolving as a couple. Additionally, the choice of dictionary definitions relating to the plot was interesting, as they were largely more complicated words rarely heard in everyday conversation, which added an oddly educational aspect to the story.

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