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The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary
By David Levithan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Library
Challenge: TBR Pile
Audience: Older Teens

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.

I don't know if all teens would like this one as much as I did. There's a lot of life experience in it that they aren't even thinking about yet. In other words, the characters are old. (It wasn't too steamy, even though "Lover" is in the title.) The reason I reviewed this one is because it won an Alex Award. These are adult books that appeal to teens. It makes sense. Dash and Lily, Nick and Norah. Right? This was my fist solo Levithan read, and it was just as good as my other two favs.

This book has been on my TBR pile since January 2010. What in the world took me so long?! I liked it from the very beginning, but I was hooked when I got to "arcane, adj." Miss Torso. The pianist. I love Hitchcock. I really do. (I am not someone who says this just to sound cool. And Psycho is not the best film. Rear Window is. But that's another story.) This book took my breath away. Amazing.

There was no downside to this book, except that maybe it was a tad too short. You know, like that favorite song of yours that needs just one more verse? And if that's my biggest complaint, there is nothing to worry about, is there? It's more of a compliment.