80 – The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

I read this book because I heard such great things about it from the ladies in my book club.  Because these ladies rarely disappoint…I delved right in.  Here’s the summary from Goodreads.

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.

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.”

True Rating: 2 1/2 – 3 stars. I can’t decide.

Um…I liked the idea of this book. I didn’t think the book, itself, was as great as everyone said it was. The format definitely made for quick reading. I don’t know. It was kind of…meh…to me. Maybe I read it too quickly. Maybe this style of writing isn’t my thing. I don’t know.

I just know that I was really excited to read this because of everything I heard……..
……and I was disappointed.

Not the best review from me…I know.  Because this book is only 224 pages and most of the pages are barely written on…it can’t hurt to read it.  You could easily finish it in an evening.  Give it a try.  Maybe you’ll like it.  It just wasn’t my thing.

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