Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2006
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary Romance, Music
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.
I have yet to read a David Levithan book that doesn’t move me. I ADORE his writing style. I also ADORE his mind. The way he thinks, the way his characters think. It’s very curious. They often do the unexpected.
Honestly, this wouldn’t have worked if it had been written by somebody else. The faking-you-have-a-girlfriend thing is so overdone I would have cried of exasperation if it had been what this book was all about.
Luckily it’s not. By the way, Rachel Cohn does a good job of writing Norah’s chapters also. This duo of writers works. Back to the cliché, fortunately it only lasts for a second. Nick and Norah meet because of ex-girlfriend Tris, but they connect because of who they are as a person and who they are together.
This is a one-day-one-night type of book. The time frame is a day. Everything that occurs in this book starts the moment the two main characters meet and ends when the night ends. I guess this is why it’s so short. But it’s also why it’s so engrossing.
So much is happening and so many thoughts wander in the characters’ minds. They need to figure out a lot of things. Nick has to finally get over Tris and Norah has someone to get out of her mind too. Can they help each other move on? Though it’s about real connection, not simply ‘‘rebounding.’’
Very realistic. Did not get many of the music references so that was a bummer, but the story itself rocks.
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