Release Date: May 23, 2006
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Kindle Store
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be;and where the next great band is playing.
Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.
I really don’t even know where to begin. I can’t put my love for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist into words! Why did it take me so long to read this!? Why didn’t you tell me how awesome this book is? Okay, I guess its not your fault, but I really wish I would have read it a looong time ago!
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist starts out with Nick’s band playing a show and his ex that he still loves shows up. To keep her from talking to him he asks the girl beside him to be his 5 minute girlfriend. Norah was just minding her own business-making sure her best friend doesn’t do anything she will regret-when the guy beside her asks to be her 5 minute boyfriend. She puts a little thought into it and decides to answer with a kiss. A awesome kiss. A kiss that sets all the future events of the night in motion.
Nick and Norah were fantastic!! Nick is quiet and sensitive. Norah is loud and quirky. When they came together sparks flew! Their chemistry was undeniable and breathtaking. You know from the beginning that they are going to get together but the authors don’t make it easy for them. It’s drawn out and excruciating, but in a ‘I can’t get enough’ kind of way. They were both so real. The way they handled things, and the problems that faced were more realistic to me than any YA I have read in a long time.
I am absolutely in love with the fact that David Levithan and Rachel Cohn don’t hold anything back! The F word is used in this book more than in most adult books. I kinda loved that! Honestly though, I felt all the language was necessary. How else would to teenagers in NYC talk? That’s how teens in little ‘ol TN talk, so it only makes sense. I’m a little disappointed to see that the movie is rated PG-13 that’s a automatic message to me that the movie is going to be a disappointment.
Keeping with the No Holds Barred theme, the authors definitely don’t hold back when it comes to the touchy subject of sex. The sexual tension is front and center. It can’t be ignored. Which is what it’s like to be a teenager, right? I think the scenes in the book where done beautifully and with taste. And parents might find this scary, but it’s nothing a teenager hasn’t done, thought about, or heard about before!
One more thing and then I will wrap this long review up! The writing was to die for! I already loved David going into this book, but I love him 100 times more now. The back and forth between him and Rachel made the book come alive! They played off of each other so well. I can’t wait to read their other books.
Have I gotten the point across that I loved Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist ? I hope so, because that was really long! You must read this book if you haven’t already…..watching the movie doesn’t count!