book review

Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Title: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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I read this book after really enjoying the movie and I wanted to see how it compared. It was a really cute read, with a fast plot it all happening in one night. It’s sweet, thoughtful and funny. Read below for more thoughts about this book!

Synopsis:

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.

The Good

The writing in this book is really lyrical. I love that it speaks into your mind and just seems really relatable. Every teenager has had a moment of adventure with someone, where it turns into someone or turns into nothing. This book highlights this and I just love that it takes hold of that. There are so many great quotes in this book too which deserve to be read.

I liked the changing chapter perspectives, it helped you get into the zone of reading which is really needed sometimes.

The Bad 

This book is easy to forget. Maybe it’s how fast I read it, or just the fact that some things bothered me while I read it but the book isn’t particularly memorable apart from the things I actually enjoyed. Some parts are really explicit and a bit unnecessary for my opinion especially with the amount of swearing. However, young people are explicit and swear so it’s not out of the ordinary.

I ummed and aahhed a lot about whether to rate it 3.5 or 4 stars and had to settle on 3.5.

The Interesting

I liked that the relationship that Nick had previously is not as big a part as the movie. I liked that there was a certain point that he kicked himself and got over it.

Recommended for:  

Anyone who likes a contemporary read, with a musical undertones in it.

Quotes (Spoiler Free):

“And don’t ever speak of The Beatles with such condescension again.”

“You’re cute. You know that?” she says. I have no idea what to say to that. So it just hangs in the air, until I finally say, “You’re just saying that to get me to take off my clothes and frolic in the fountain.”

“But I guess you don’t see the planets when you’re staring at the sun. You just get blinded.”

“And I guess all I want to say to you is, you’re always taking care of me and even though it was kinda weird to wake up in a dark van with two strange guys in the parking lot of some fucking 7-Eleven, I’m also glad you’re taking care of yourself instead of me for once.”

“Why do we even bother? Why do we make ourselves so open to such easy damage? Is it all loneliness? Is it all fear? Or is it just to experience those narcotic moments of belonging with someone else?”

Buy it here.

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