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” love, n. I’m not going to even try” (136).

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Okay, so I read one of my favorite books over break: “The Lover’s Dictionary” by David Levithan.  Although at first glance, this book looks like an easy, easy read.  It is an easy and enjoyable read but it makes you think SO much.  Levithan chooses words from A-Z and links them to the word “love”- a word that is almost impossible to define.  It is amazing the words he is able to link to love in some way.  This book gets you emotionally involved- sometimes you feel happy, giddy, angry, pissed, sad, etc.  He shows all different sides of love from the new “puppy” love, to old routine love, to bad relationships.  I seriously recommend this to ANYONE I literally am in love with this book!  I will share a few of my favorite excerpts:

“ineffable, adj.  These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations word cannot convey.  Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life.  No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough” (120).

“dumbfounded, adj.  And still, for all the jealousy, all the doubt, sometimes I will be struck with a kind of awe that we’re together.  That someone like me could find someone like you- it renders me wordless.  Because surely words could conspire against such luck, would protest that unlikelihood of such a turn of events.  I didn’t tell any of my friends about our first date.  I waited until after the second, because I wanted to make sure it was real.  I wouldn’t believe it had happened until it had happened again.  Then, later on, I would be overwhelmed by the evidence by all the lines connecting you to me, and us to love” (77).

“breathtaking, adj. Those mornings when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word” (40).

Ah, I just love this book.  Please read!  And if you did/do, tell me how you feel about it!


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