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How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithans The Lovers Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

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When Ben?s girlfriend, Marly, dies, he feels his life is over. What could possibly matter now when Marly is gone? So when Valentine?s Day approaches, it makes sense that this day that was once so meaningful to Ben leaves him feeling bitter and hollow. But then Marly shows up?or at least her ghost does?along with three others spirits. Now Ben must take a painful journey through Valentine?s Days past, present, and future, and what he discovers will change him forever.

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David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic.

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jai41004, March 10, 2012 (view all comments by jai41004)
I love the uniqueness of this book. The author describes the narrators relationship and the course it takes through dictionary entries. You understand the course of the relationship and the meaning it has even though there is no sequential telling of events. He is very honest and describes the highs and lows in the relationship, he describes love with words you wouldn't usually associate with love. By incorporating words that aren't usually a part of the way we talk about love he expresses some of the complexity of love.
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carmnie, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by carmnie)
You can call The Lover's Dictionary gimmicky, you can focus on the fact that it is told through entries in a dictionary, but what hits you - unfailingly and powerfully - are the words that Levithan chooses for his narrator. He puts interesting twists on popular phrases, finds meaning in the small bits.

What I find powerful about this novel is how the language works and creates such a beautiful piece. “When you’re in love with someone, a well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss and disaster, and a deeply respected period or a cleverly inserted ellipsis can prevent all kinds of exclamations.” (162) Yes, something powerful is being said about love, but what is even more powerful is the language - the way it flows into itself lyrically, often with double meaning.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250002358
Author:
Levithan, David
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Selznick, Brian
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Love & Romance
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.125 x 4.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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When Ben?s girlfriend, Marly, dies, he feels his life is over. What could possibly matter now when Marly is gone? So when Valentine?s Day approaches, it makes sense that this day that was once so meaningful to Ben leaves him feeling bitter and hollow. But then Marly shows up?or at least her ghost does?along with three others spirits. Now Ben must take a painful journey through Valentine?s Days past, present, and future, and what he discovers will change him forever.

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