Reviewed by Mister Critic

When I was young, I once tried to read the dictionary all the way through from A to Z. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea. I made it a couple words into the As before I died from boredom. Had the dictionary been written like David Levithan’s, The Lover’s Dictionary, I know I would have been much more successful.

Levithan, known for writing Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, tells the story of a couple’s romantic relationship by using words related to their life together. In dictionary format, he proceeds A through Z to define and describe the couple’s journey. From the first date to, well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to read and find out. He describes experiences and emotions most of us have all had during a relationship. There are funny moments, quirky moments and romantic moments. He shares the ups and downs of the relationship. The book was so extremely entertaining I flew through the book and I still want more.

This book shows me why I never made it through the dictionary. I think one must experience a word before one can understand the true meaning of that word. When I was young, the words in the dictionary were mostly just words, they didn’t mean anything to me. But now those words describe my life, my wife, my kids . . . my experiences. And The Lover’s Dictionary does a perfect job illustrating those experiences, as well as the emotions behind those words. All the words that make up life and love.