The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Posted by Jenny Arch on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:39pm

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Young adult author David Levithan transitions into adult fiction with a slender, beautifully crafted novel written with a unique structure: each page begins with a word and its part of speech, followed by a “definition” of anywhere from a sentence to a few pages. These definitions tell the story of a relationship between two people, from the first stages of meeting, dating, and moving in together to their perseverance through each other’s mistakes. Levithan transitions effortlessly between tenderness (“yearning, n. and adj.: At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect”) and humor (“flagrant, adj.: I would be standing right there, and you would walk out of the bathroom without putting the cap back on the toothpaste”).  Under “love, n.,” however, he is smart enough to offer only, “I’m not even going to try.”