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The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan

A love story told through dictionary-style entries (some very brief, others a page or two long) detailing the ups & downs of an anonymous relationship. The book is filled with clever, candid, sometimes heartbreaking, but always thoughtful observations on love, sharing a life with someone, and all the trappings that come with a relationship. There are lighthearted moments too, especially when Levithan cleverly bends the meaning of a word to fit a specific situation or insight.

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


“Indelible, adj.
That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, my chin, my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising. I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.” 


“obstinate, adj.
Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?”