I think I discovered David Levithan by accident and I am so glad I did.
I thank Amazon for recommending one of his books to me and for the love affair that I have since been living with David Levithan and his books. They’re all amazing. And you should read them all. His books are generally centred around a main character who is gay (generally male), struggling with love in some way: could be unrequited love, inequality in the world, friends and growing up. I may be past my teens but these books speak to my heart!
One of my favourites is The Lovers’ Dictionary: it is just a delight to read.
“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.”
This book is unconventially set up. Through words alphabetically set up you get glimpses of a couple’s relationship. I loved it. It was uplifting, heartbreaking and honest. I saw so much of my past relationships in the book.
Another one I loved is Every Day: heartbreaking!
“A love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.”
This story was amazing. You absolutely fall for both of the main characters. You’ll feel all of their emotions. You’ll want to help.You’ll laugh, cry and you’ll feel their pain. This was such a success that a companion book was written: Another Day
I would recommend ALL of them though. Go forth and read some amazing stories.
Have you read any books by David Levithan? Do you have any favourites? Let me know in the comments or on twitter (@eenalol)