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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011_release_read, mainstream, read_2011, t_notable_books_2011

Excellent novel in short non-linear chunks arranged as alphabetical definitions. The prose is lyrical and the book just took over my reading unexpectedly when i opened it and could not put it down; the story itself is less of importance than the way is told; the atmosphere - two relatively young professional Manhattanites meeting on a dating site, moving together, etc, etc reproduces the joys and frustrations of living there as i experienced them years ago also, so that was an added bonus.

I think the book could have worked in a different location so from that point of view the location is not crucial, but on the other hand Manhattan gives a specific flavor to the novel that is harder to reproduce in other places

Highly recommended for a fast, lyrical read that will stay with you; the first entry in the novel gives a flavor of how it goes and I really found myself turning the pages after this until the end; there is joy and sorrow, mundanity and exceptional, and generally life happening

"aberrant, adj.

“I don’t normally do this kind of thing,” you said.
“Neither do I,” I assured you.
Later it turned out we had both met people online before, and we had both slept with people on first dates before, and we had both found ourselves falling too fast before. But we comforted ourselves with what we really meant to say, which was: “I don’t normally feel this good about what I’m doing.”
Measure the hope of that moment, that feeling.
Everything else will be measured against it"
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Started Reading
September 27, 2011 – Shelved
September 27, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011_release_read
September 27, 2011 – Shelved as: mainstream
September 27, 2011 – Shelved as: read_2011
September 27, 2011 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2014 – Shelved as: t_notable_books_2011

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