“… lasting things do, in fact, last.”
– The Lover’s Dictionary: A Novel, David Levithan
I didn’t quite know what to expect before taking on The Lover’s Dictionary (released last year). All I know is that it’s one of those books with really cool titles, so I thought that was good enough a reason for its inclusion in my reading list. Hehe. That and well, the book was able to crawl its way up to bestseller lists.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the book’s format: a hodgepodge of anecdotes, arranged alphabetically by dictionary entries (the words you see on the cover). The love story isn’t told chronologically, so at times the narrative was a bit hard to follow. “Jumpy” would be a perfect way to describe it, but never in an annoying way.
My theory is, the sequence isn’t of much importance; the point really is to engage the reader to take part in the different manifestations of love (or lack thereof), hoping he’d find some sense and familiarity in each of them.
Overall, this book was a fantastic read. What I liked best about it was how the different stories were so candid and captivating, it was like watching an honest, no bull love story unravel before my eyes. Very well done indeed!
Here are a few of my markings on the book (eerr, e-book).
Cue the awwws and tears. :)
Book cover was grabbed from the Internet.