Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

I have read possibly a hundred romance novels.
Every time, the word "love" is mentioned, I immediately conjure images of how the "loving" should seem like. 
There are times when the authors are generous enough to give more scenes to show how the love was developed, challenged and nourished.
It gets tiring for awhile since every romance is almost identical to the last. But this book by David Levithan is different.
Five reasons why you should read this book:

1. Anticipation builds after seeing that the pages of the book only reaches up to 250 (give or take, depends on the font of your ibook app) is bittersweet. It seems so short, initially making you wonder why.
 2. There are no formal introduction of characters, no chronological arrangement of events. The story was written in chapter A but the plot is somewhere in the middle. The push and pull of the story is gentle yet it leaves you with a question every time.
3. The short chapters are cute. The story for that single chapter was so well written that there is no need to make it a paragraph. It can be a sentence, yet it carries so much weight, emotion, reason. It gives you the chance to make your own characters, to create faces, personalities, pasts.. The book was just a guide for your imagination to make the characters alive.
4. There will be moments when you think the book describes infinite love. Yet it was followed by an anecdote that will give you reason to doubt if what you're reading really is actual love, or just two people playing the game. Both wanting to win, so they fight and work for it, but to no avail.
 5. The book was written in a confused person's perspective. Something that we all have been at some point in our lives. It is a documentary of emotions from the desire to try, the moment of falling, and the steady decline towards everything opposite from what you initially felt.

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