I am one of those David Levithan fans that would probably read any of his books without even reading the blurb: what can i say, I like this guy. And more importantly, my ADHD-troubled mind loves the way David Levithan writes, especially in The Lover's Dictionary.
What is a dictionary essentially? Google says:
1. A book that lists the words of a language in alphabetical order and gives their meaning, or that gives the equivalent words in a different language.
I say scratch that, we'll go with a book compiled of random words that give you bits and pieces of information, of knowledge about the world around you. The Lover's Dictionary does the same thing (and in alphabetical order!): it gives you random pieces of the life two lovers are trying to build and live together, random pieces of what it's like to start and be in a relationship. You know, love and happiness "and all that cal". This all sounds very nice and romantic and sweet, probably, but make no mistake: this book is as much filled with happiness as it is with sadness. Which I guess is normal given the topic (and life in general), there has to be some balance and all, it can't be all butterflies and sunshine and whisky flowing in the rivers. The problem I have after finishing this book, however, is not the sadness part of it all, but this one question that lingers: in a relationship, why is it that one person always loves more than the other? Why is it that one of the people loves more and is thus willing to give and sacrifice more in order the other person to stay and be happy...with them? But since this seriously starts to sound like a Carrie Bradshaw column, I only have this recommendation to all who intend to read this book: make sure that you read it while in a good mood and with no love dilemmas on your mind, or otherwise you might be signing up for a lot of nights filled with alcohol-induced contemplations...
At the end of the day, all that's essential is that I really liked this book. David Levithan delivers the two lovers' story in a very interesting and captivating way that sounds so random and different that you can't get bored. The Lover's Dictionary shows a realistic love story that I believe almost everybody can relate to.