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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Official Stuff –

Authors – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Pages – 208

Publisher – Knopf

Summary –

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.

My Rating – 5 Stars

This book has been on my reading list since forever. Ever since first heard about the movie (which I love) but I just now got around to reading it and of course I loved it!

Nick the only “non-queer in a queercore band” dated Tris, who broke his heart. Norah “the Jewish Princess with a potty mouth” dated Tal, the evil EX who was a controlling loser that broke her heart and turned her frigid (Or so her friend Caroline says).

The night begins with Nick’s band playing and he sees her, Tris, in the crowd. After his band’s set is done, he again runs into Tris in the crowd. Trying to avoid her he turns to the girl standing next to him and asks if she’ll be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. The girl, Norah, is also trying to avoid Tris, because they have a frenemies relationship, and agrees to be a fake girlfriend. When Nick and Norah kiss, there is some extreme chemistry.

Enough to make them both think, hmm. What if. Maybe EXs should stay EXs.

That what if becomes possible when Nick’s friends pay Norah to take him out for the night. The date night takes them to a club that very much distorts the Sound of Music, their favorite punk band plays a surprise show and there is an almost hookup in a dressing room.

There are lots of emotions and doubt flying between them. The night goes until morning as Nick and Norah have an adventure through NYC and let go of EXs.

Awesome book, full of great music and movie references. Nick and Norah click pretty quickly but have doubts because of being burned by past relationships. The night is particularly eye opening to Norah who decides some big things about her future.
There are A LOT of F-bombs in this book which doesn’t bother me because I cuss like a sailor (but I know it does bother some people, so just a warning!) Nick and Norah are also straight edge, and they can still have an amazing night out without booze and drugs.

Go read this book! (oh and if you love the movie but haven’t read the book, just know that the Nick in the book is totally NOT Michael Cera-looking. But Kat Dennings totally fits Norah)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist