Friday, November 05, 2010

You probably think this book is about you.

Scholastic editor and YA novelist David Levithan (whose latest collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, will be reviewed in our January issue) has a new novel out for adults. PW and Booklist both like it but can't quite agree on what or who it is about. Of The Lover's Dictionary (FSG), PW writes:

"This cute 'novel' by YA author Levithan consists of a series of words and their definitions, each evoking a phase or theme about a fledgling romance . . . The entries do gradually unravel a love story: the narrator has met a woman ("you") through an online dating site."

Michael Cart, writing in Booklist, says:

"Each word, from aberrant to zenith, defines the language of love, while adding to the reader's knowledge and understanding of the male lovers' partnership."

So was it eHarmony or Manhunt? Would be interesting to know if the "you" is deliberately ambiguous, or if each reviewer read into it what he or she wanted. As we so often do.

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