Title: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Release Date: May 23rd, 2005
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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.
I actually quite liked this book. Is it is typical YA love story? Yes. Is it cheesy? You betcha. Is there a whole lot of teenage angst? Of course. But I liked it.
The story really starts when Nick asks Norah (who, to him, is a random girl at the bar) to be his girlfriend for five minutes to avoid his ex. Like I said, it’s pretty cheesy. There are issues with drunk friends, exes and cars not starting, but over the night, these two get to know each other. It’s angsty and raw and there are a bunch of run-on ramblings from our tired and confused narrators, but it’s a nice story.
I found the format great. Each of the two authors wrote from the perspective of one of the main characters (Levithan wrote Nick, Cohn wrote Norah), and the two would switch each chapter (as is often the case with co-written novels). I feel that this book wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective if only written by one author. The different writing styles of each very much distinguish the thought patterns of both of the characters and help make them feel like actual individuals, not just two characters from the brain of one person.
I think, to enjoy this book, you have to be in a not-so-serious mood. Like, I read this book when I was stressing about assignments and things, so I wanted to read this book as a break from that. If you’re looking for a serious and thought-provoking book, I would definitely not recommend this one. But if you want a bit of lighthearted, emotional relief, this book is great for that. Also, you have to be prepared for a fair amount of YA cheese.
Note: I read and reviewed this book a few months ago. I added a final paragraph for this review, but my original one can be found on Goodreads.