Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's DictionaryThere 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.

This... This was interesting.

As anyone who read my February Book Haul will know, I was given this by Sabrina from I Have To Read That. We were to be talking about the book and she happened to have two copies and offered to send me one.

When I saw interesting, I mean interesting in a positive way. I read this book in two hours so that has to be a good sign. The two main characters were "You" and "I" which was very different to anything I've read before as when in first person, in someways it feels more like the events are happening to you. I liked how the what can be assumed from some of the phrases the boyfriend and girlfriend remained anonymous as it adds more mystery to this stream of thoughts and scenarios.

Each little definition was completely different and brought a completely different scenario into the relationship whether it was the girlfriend's grandmother dying or the couple meeting the boyfriends parents. Sometimes I feel like there could have been a lot better of a definitions that I think could have been matched to other words more effectively. 

This book reminded me a lot of one of my favourite films - 500 Days of Summer and the great thing about this book is that given that the story is so jumbled up, it is hard to include spoilers in a review. The reason I think it is so much like this film is that it has flashes forward and flashes back. So I remember that there is a piece of dialogue where a conversation begins and then later in the book that dialogue is repeated but is a bit longer the second time and is extended again for a third, you have no idea where the conversation is going but the way that Levithan writes this makes you want to read more.

I'd like to think that I've given this book quite a good review, but I'm not going to give it 5 stars. Don't get me wrong I did like this book, but I didn't love it like I love others, and I think that is down to the way it is wrote no matter how much I appear to like the writing style.

Holly x

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