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This review is from: The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel (Hardcover)
(Review originally posted at GoneWithTheWords.com)
This story about a couple who meets online, falls in love, moves in together and almost falls apart over a drunken mistake is told brilliantly by David Levithan. We are given intimate details, precious insights, about this couple, told to us in alphabetical order. Each word will either make you smile, swoon, or break your heart. I liked that it read almost like a journal, a very poetical one mind you, and that it was not in any way linear. Because of that, each time you read a certain word and its entry, you'll find yourself wondering where you'll read the next piece of story. What I loved most was the realism of this story...the emotions and problems could all have been mine because this couple could totally be you...you relate and connect with them. I completely recommend The Lover's Dictionary. :)
Some non-spoilery quotes I bookmarked (there were A LOT!):
This is dedicated to your co-worker Marilynn.
Marilynn, please stop talking about your sister's pregnancy.
And please stop showing up late.
And please stop asking my lover to drinks.
And please stop humming while you type.
I'm tired of hearing about it."
You wanted to keep the list on the refrigerator.
"No," I said. "That's too public."
What I meant was: Aren't you embarrassed by how much you owe me?"
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough."