Review// Lover's Dictionary

Monday, February 3, 2014

I actually bought this when I went to New York around this time last year and I never had the chance to write a review. The Lover’s Dictionary is also a great gift for Valentine’s Day, too, which is why I chose to write a review for February. 

What I love about it is David Leviathan’s unique presentation in the form of a dictionary of what love is, with the words for all the emotions that makes us happy as well as all the words that describe things that make us unhappy. It's love, with all it's complicated messiness and beauty.

Despite the anecdotal nature of the entries, the stories felt like they could be my stories and at times, it was disturbing how similar they were, how intimate it felt.

Levithan’s Twitter, @loversdiction, also has some great entries (that aren’t in the book, at least to my knowledge), so you should follow along there to get a hint of what The Lover’s Dictionary is.

I don’t know why (actually I probably do), but I enjoy the entry for barfly right now.

Barfly, n.You have the ability to talk to anyone, which is an ability I do not share.

I actually was going to do an entry in the style of The Lover’s Dictionary but I’ve had weeks to think about it and I’m not coming up with one. If you can, feel free to share!

P.S I'm incredibly thankful for all the comments that were left on my post last Friday about anxiety and insecurities. I've had the post hanging around my drafts folder for a while now, in different manifestations and forms, but I could never find the courage to post it. It's something that's been in my head for a while and I'm glad that I was able to share it. It's made me feel remarkably not alone with my struggles that despite everything, especially anxiety which can make me feel alone, are things that other people share. Talking about it has helped a lot and I want to hug you all back. Sorry for ending an otherwise light post with something so heavy! xo


  1. I am embarrassed to say that I haven't read this, but it's been on my list forever!

  2. There are so many David Levithan books I need to check out: this and Everyday being the two I've been meaning to read for a while. I'm not sure why I never get round to it ... I think I'm too distracted by shiny new releases :P


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