How do you distill a love story? How do you portray everything about a
relationship, from the first meeting to a tumultuous meltdown, using a
minimum of words? In The Lover's Dictionary, YA author David Levithan
has written an adult novel that is both sparse and richly detailed. Each
vignette is inspired by a particular word, and the story of two
nameless lovers is told in alphabetical rather than chronological order.
It's an idea that could have been twee or trite in the hands of another
author, but Levithan has created something simple, beautiful, and
"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. "
""How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan's "The Lover's Dictionary "has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
About the Author
David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the "New York Times "bestselling "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist "(with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic.