The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan is completely unique, heartbreakingly honest and felt incredibly real. It isn't a very long read, as the story is told in a dictionary format, with sometimes very short definitions of words that mean something to this couple.
I love this idea that love has its own language - words and phrases and objects take on a completely new meaning in the context of a relationship. I can completely agree, and I had such a great time following the story of this unnamed narrator and the journey of this relationship as we snippets of their lives from the time they were first getting together and dating to become officially a couple and meeting friends and family, moving in together and also of the heartbreak of betrayal.
The story is not told chronologically, so we might have a tender and sweet moment shared on one page and following it something rather sad or angry about the end of this relationship. But with every new definition and every new insight and observation about love or relationships or the sacrifices made to be part of a couple, I found absolutely mesmerised by this book. It really broke my heart to see such sweetness and honesty and pain.
I think David Levithan did an amazing job with this book, giving us something very common as the story of a relationship, and presenting it to us in such a fresh and interesting and different method. I found it to be a very sad but beautiful story of love and I very much look forward to reading more books by David Levithan in the future!