As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews or features of what we have read!
Books Told in Verse!
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
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.
I've actually never been a huge fan of verse novels because I've never been good at poetry. I tried my hand at it one time in second grade and people laughed at it, so I vowed to never do it again. I almost broke that for my module this week, but I decided on giving my favorite "definition" from this book!
" kerfuffle, n.
From now on, you re only allowed one drink at any of my office parties. One. Preferably a beer.”
This was my favorite definition from the book. I love the way this book was written. It gives a definition of the word, but it does it pertaining to the couple in this book. It's not a super sweet story, but one that tells a realistic story.
Have you read this before?
What did you think of the way it was told?