Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday 9

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Lover's Dictionary
By David Levithan
224 pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, to be released January 4, 2011

A sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries

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There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.

How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s
The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

— description

Do you know who you're talking to here? I spend my days buried in dictionaries, grammar guides and stylebooks. Of course I'd love this book! Plus, I've enjoyed everything I've read from Levithan so far, so I have faith that this one is bound to bring the goods as well.

What book are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I'm so excited for this one! Awesome pick. :]

  2. I want that book so much. You know how I feel about Levithan books....

  3. I'm not too sure about this book. I don't do as well with them when it's just passages & not an actual story. However, I just read my first book from Levithan recently & really enjoyed it. I'd like to check out more of his stuff.

  4. What a cool and interesting way to tell a story! I hadn't heard of this one before now, but I'm certainly intrigued:) Fabulous pick Anna!

  5. Oohoohhoh I haven't heard of this one before! Thanks for posting this, Anna! I've been wanting to read more from David Levithan and this might be the perfect book to read next :)

    Also, I totally know what you mean about being buried in style guides and dictionaries and what not! I'm a writing & editing major :)

  6. I can see this finding a place on my bookshelf!

  7. I freaking LOVE David Levithan's writing style. He's awesome! This is definitely going on my list now. Thanks Anna :D

    P.S. Yes. You called the mermaid trend haha well done, you ;)

  8. I'm really looking forward to this one too. The premise sounds so interesting!

  9. Hmm, I haven't heard of this one! I've never read anything by David Levithan either! I've heard his books are good so I should probably check them out :) Thanks for the rec Anna!

  10. Anna! I got my secret santa present today! Thank you sooooo much! The books were perfect choices and the handmade goodies smell wonderful! Thank you, thank you! I hope you have a fantastic holiday!!!


  11. This one's popular on WoW it! Definitely added to my list!

  12. Seriously being added to my to-read pile. I LOVED Dash & Lily so this one will be perfect I'm sure. Thanks for the heads up!


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