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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
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May 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

As a writer about love in all its forms and power, I pick up every love story I can find. When I was given a copy of The Lover's Dictionary, I thought I'd read a few pages and then get back to my own writing. But David Levithan's look at love through the eyes of young New Yorkers kept me reading right through to the end. The Lover's Dictionary does not hide from the pain of betrayal or the longing for passion. But it celebrates the majesty of love written with great feeling, touching thoughts, smile-provoking humor, and the unique diary format of using words in alphabetic order to head each entry. One of my favorites is composure, n., where the writer answers her lover's admission of a drunken fling with the feeling "If I lose it now, I will lose you, too." The diary format takes good writing to keep it interesting, but Levithan does just that.

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