The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
FSG • $18 • January 4, 2011


Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away, which means . . . well, I'm not sure what that means. I don't personally feel more romantic than usual during the month of February, although V-Day is always a great excuse to go out for a nice meal.

One thing I do know is that if people are asking me for Valentine's Day-themed books, I am recommending The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan (the author known for teen books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist).

This book tells the story of a relationship through dictionary entries. It's quirky and—yes—gimmicky, but I think it totally works in conveying the ups and downs (and in-betweens) of modern love. It's also a quick read that you'll want to breeze through in one sitting. Since reading The Lover's Dictionary, I've kept the book out on my coffee table as my lone Valentine's Day decoration and have enjoyed periodically flipping through it and reading random entries. Here are some examples:

breathtaking (adj.), "Those moments when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word."

fluke (n.), "The date before the one with you had gone so badly—egotist, smoker, bad breath—that I'd vowed to delete my profile the next morning. Except when I went to do it, I realized I only had eight days left in the billing cycle. So I gave it eight days. You emailed me on the sixth."

kefuffle (n.), "From now on, you are only allowed one drink at any of my office parties. One. Preferably a beer."


What are you reading today? Will you check out The Lover's Dictionary?

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