The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (Book Review)

Title: The Lover’s Dictionary
Author: David Levithan
Rating: 2/5

It was creatively written and I consider this kind of writing as “risky” because it’s not the typical novel that you’d usually expect from any author.

It was written in a dictionary format. Words were written in an alphabetical order and the anonymous couple would base a scenario from a particular word.


” Catharsis (noun):
        I took it out on the wall. I love you. I love you. You fucker. I love you.”

Catharsis on the other hand, when you search in the dictionary means “the process of releasing and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions.”

The idea of it was brilliant and I really admire his way of writing, but the lack of story was the very reason why I find it hard to finish. The reasons that can make me glued to a book: a good story, a spontaneous flow of scenarios and lovable characters, thus the low rating.

But, still looking forward to read the other books of the author.

Other quotes you’d love from the book:

“basis, n.

There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it–you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.”

“corrode, v.

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

” breathtaking, adj.

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

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I saw David Levithan read the book tonight at Borders in NYC–a moving evening. David’s passion comes through each line read, each written. I love his books, but I didn’t know he was such a wonderful performer. He feels deeply as he reads, and he’s hilarious when he isn’t breaking your heart–no, he’s hilarious when he’s breaking your heart too. His is a beautiful heart, such a generous artist

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Chief Blogging Officer, Books in My Baggage and The Book Geek Wannabe "Readers and Book Geeks are the next generation's coolest bunch of kids"

0 Replies to “The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (Book Review)”

    • Trixie P. Ricablanca

      yeah. and i told you we have different ratings. nhirapan akong ireview 🙁 not the type that i can enjoy reading. have you read David Levithan’s other books? anu kaya yung mganda dun s mga yun? any suggestion?

  1. Verlene

    I haven’t read any of Levithan’s other books yet dahil super duper busy ako sa work ko nowadays, kaya halos lahat na mga nababasa ko ngayon ay panay mangas. =( Pero sabi daw ng halos lahat ng mga ibang kakilala ko na mas-prefer pa nila basahin mga libro ni John Green, though ang nabasa ko pa lang sa mga libro niya ay yung The Fault in Our Stars.

    • Trixie P. Ricablanca

      ahh.. but Yung “One day” n movie n si David Levithan yung nag sulat mukhang maganda, and meron pang isa n mejo intriguing.. Boy Meets Boy. hehe.. Sana makabasa din ako ng John Green, ndi pa ako nkabasa khit isa e.. but nasa list ko n yun sila. ~!~ Good luck Verlene sa work mo.. I have new sets of ebook. just email me if may ngutuhan k sa list ha. ~!~

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