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The Lover's Dictionary

Levithan, David

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Lover's Dictionary
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A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374193683
0374193681
Characteristics: 211 p. ;,20 cm.

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A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

David Levithan's format of using dictionary phrases was a fresh way to intrigue readers. I loved looking up new words and then pondering about how the words related to the story line. While the lack of names, dates, and chronology was a bit confusing, I was still hooked!

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, this was exceptionally well-written. You can easily read this book within an hour and even though each entry may only be a few sentences, Levithan knows how to pack a punch within each one. Beautiful. A very creative and unique way to tell a love story. Highly recommended.

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Two lovers live out the story of their relationship through short dictionary excerpts written in provocative and captivating prose, providing a visceral look at love.
- Selection Team

Oct 26, 2013
  • jorbenton rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! It's definitely a different type of read but I found it worth it! Would recommend it!

Aug 23, 2013
  • trishhh17 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is more likely written in a dictionary format. There's a word and a little bit of story about the character's life. If you like a story that have different characters in it, have a plot with a real story and written in chronological order this would not be the book for you.

Aug 16, 2013
  • Pyrophilic rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There wasn't much of a plot (well, I could sense one sort of, but it's the sort where you have to piece it together), but it was still a good book to pass the time with. And yes, the ending was a bit abrupt.

Apr 05, 2013
  • cheesecake1357 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazingly written. I did not know you could write a beautiful story out of order like that. Inspired me so much, I have got to get my own copy!

Feb 19, 2013
  • AKesek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! It was a quick read but I could really relate to the story. Also, Levithan put feelings I've had into words. I loved this book so much that I'm going to buy a copy of my own and look into other works by the author.

Jan 04, 2013
  • ChocolateChips rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy the way David Levithan presents different facets of a story and leaves it to the reader to piece them together. A sweetly sad, poignant read.

Nov 19, 2012
  • acritics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While at times it had me laughing out loud, it was also a poignant look at pain and betrayal. The format, a dictionary of terms related to love defined by episodes in a specific relationship, was interesting. It disrupted the narrative flow of the story, but I still got a sense of the ups and downs of a relationship over time. I liked the way certain scenes repeated in different definitions, each time showing a different aspect of the experience. I got a real sense of the lingering and recurring strain that one partner’s cheating can have on the relationship. I also liked the way that Levithan shows the ups and downs of being a couple but that with commitment to stay together it can work. I wasn’t blown away, but it was an enjoyable read.

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Jun 26, 2012
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Jun 26, 2012
  • meechelledeeiaz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

blemish, n.

The slight acne scars. The penny-sized, penny-shaped birthmark right above your knee. The dot below your shoulder that must have been from when you had chicken pox in third grade. The scratch on your neck-- did I do that?

This brief transcript of moments, written on the body, is so deeply satisfying to read.

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