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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
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Dec 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, loved, cryfest, beautiful-writing, must-read, nbc-reads
Read on April 30, 2012

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“I want my own books to have their own shelves," you said, and that's how I knew it would be okay to live together.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

David Levithan
lover, n.

Oh, how I hated this word. So pretentious, like it was always being translated from the French. The tint and taint of illicit, illegitimate affections. Dictionary meaning: a person having a love affair. Impermanent. Unfamilial. Inextricably linked to sex.
I have never wanted a lover. In order to have a lover, I must go back to the root of the word. For I have never wanted a lover, but I have always wanted lover, and to be loved.
There is no word for the recipient of the love. There is only a word for the giver. There is the assumption that lovers come in pairs.
When I say, Be my lover, I don't mean, Let's have an affair. I don't mean Sleep with me. I don't mean, Be my secret.
I want us to go back to that root.
I want you to be the one who loves me.
I want to be the one who loves you.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary


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