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Sunday, February 16, 2014

[REVIEW] The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's Dictionary

Author: David Levithan
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: January 31st 2011 by Text Publishing
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autonomy, n. 
‘I want my books to have their own shelves,’ you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.

A nameless couple meet,
fall in love,
move in together,
and then the hard work of loving each other begins.

Told as a series of dictionary entries, The Lover’s Dictionary is an intimate portrait of a relationship in all its guises; a compelling, deeply romantic story of two people loving each other: passionately, imperfectly.

Through these short entries, Levithan opens an intimate window into the couple’s space, giving a name to their everyday struggles, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY came as a surprise because I wasn’t expecting it to be this unconventional. But I really liked it. It was unique and different. Simple yet profound. Each dictionary entry tells a different story from random moments of the narrator's love and life. And there's no definite beginning and ending to the story. It's also refreshing because it is told from the male perspective and I don't get a lot of that in YA. I think it's a very realistic take on the joy and pains of love and living together as a couple. I very much enjoyed reading it. It was hard to put down. And the lines! I love love the way it was written. David Levithan sure knows how to put some punch into seemingly simple words. Sneaky book, this one. ^__^

basis, n.
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 that 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.

healthy, adj.
There are times when I’m alone that I think, This is it. This is actually the natural state. All I need are my thoughts and my small acts of creation and my ability to go do so whatever I want to go or do. I am myself, and that is the point. Pairing is a social construction. It is by no means necessary for everyone to do it. Maybe I’m better like this. Maybe I could live my life in my own world, and then simply leave it when it’s time to go.

ineffable, adj.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY [#8]: Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Here we list our top ten picks for a certain topic. This week we have:

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

Long time no see, loves! I'm sorry I've been MIA for so long! You would have probably thought I've fallen off the face of the earth if not for the few reviews now and then. School has been really crazy. (Pretend I just gave a valid excuse and you forgive me.) Anyway, I missed a lot about blogging and Top Ten Tuesday is one of them. So here's my 8th TTT about the books that made me swoon. ^__^

Saturday, February 1, 2014

[REVIEW] Love Evolution by Michelle Mankin

Love Evolution

Author: Michelle Mankin
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Series: Black Cat Records, Book 1
Published: May 5th 2012
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Nineteen year old Avery Jones can play the guitar as well as any guy. Better Even.

Brutal Strength, one of the biggest bands around, needs a new lead guitarist.

Seems like the perfect fit, except for one big problem. Temperamental lead singer Marcus Anthony won't allow a woman in his band.

Read Love Evolution, a rock 'n roll adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

It was interesting. Reminded me of the Koreanovela He's Beautiful (which I love, by the way). I really dig the whole girl-disguised-as-a-guy thing, although if you think about it, it definitely wouldn't work in real life, right? Physical differences and everything. 

But anyway, all that aside, I really enjoyed Love Evolution. I liked the chemistry between Avery and Marcus even when Avery was pretending to be a guy. I also admire her talent. I'm a sucker for talented characters. I just wished Avery's character had more substance. Sure, she

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