Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
183 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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.

This was an ok book. A very quick read and it flowed nicely. The only thing I knew when I started reading was the little blurb on the back of the book. I really think the rating was a 3.5/5 star but I rounded up.

The chapters alternate views between Nick and Norah, which I liked. This is definitely a PG-13 book! They cuss A LOT. I don’t think I’ve read the “F” word in a book that many times before. I cuss but that was even a bit much for me. If you are not big into cussing I probably wouldn’t recommend this book.

There was a bit more religion than I was expecting. I can’t really say I was expecting any though, it kind of came out of nowhere. The whole gay aspect I wasn’t expecting that much either. I am of drinking age and I only know a couple gay bars in my area so I was kind of leery on the fact that they could just bar hop no problem and there were gay bars everywhere it seemed.

The characters weren’t that believable. If I was underage and went home stumbling drunk I would have been grounded (at least) for a week. Not laughed at. Overall, it was just kind of a weird book.

I gave this book a good rating because it was a decent book but I felt I couldn’t really put myself in those situations because they weren’t that believable for being a contemporary book.

I will be renting the movie and watching it tonight. I have heard that it is really good. I love the actor that plays Nick.

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