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

July 9, 2014 3 Stars, Reviews 4

Title: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn + David Levithan
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Series: Standalone
Published On: May 23rd 2005
Pages: 183
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 3 Stars

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"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 had mixed feelings about this book. Similarly to how Norah has mixed feelings for Nick.

I’ve given him more mixed signals than a dyslexic Morse code operator.

This book made me all gooey. It was super cute at times, but at the same time, it made me furious. Norah wasn’t very likable. She was often rude and annoying. Nick, on the other hand, was very likable and sweet.

At times I thought to myself, “Is this really happening?!” because there were so many absolutely ridiculous scenes. Although they did add humor, they were often cringe-worthy and I could feel myself experiencing secondhand embarrassment for the characters!

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist was short, sweet, and slightly irritating. I would recommend it to those looking for a quick romantic read, but if you are looking for something more serious and, well, not full of cussing and insta-love, look elsewhere.

The only reason I rated this a book a 3 and not 2 or 1 is that there were some great parts that made you think and feel and really brought out the feeling of being young and in love.

We sit in silence for a second. She takes a drag. She’s cinematic and I’m a fucking sitcom. The silence doesn’t bother her at all, but it freaks the hell out of me. So I do what I always vowed not to do, and I always found myself doing anyway. I throw “I miss you” into the breach.

Rachel Cohn

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Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

4 Responses to “Review: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan”

    • Jessica Nicole

      I didn’t mind the language so much. In all honestly, I have friends of the same age group who swear that much in real life so it was accurate, but still it was distracting at points. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

      • Kasey @ The Story Sanctuary

        I agree that there are plenty of people speaking that way in real life, but I think that’s a poor reason to include those words with the frequency the author chose. Plenty of people overuse the word “like” or “um” in real life, too. Literature doesn’t transcribe life, it approximates it, adding meaning and significance and summarizing or skipping over the mundane, pointless and repetitive.

        Sorry… this is a hot-button issue for me, so I easily get carried away. 🙂 Again – I appreciated your review and your blog!
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        • Jessica Nicole

          I completely get what you’re saying, especially with this book. No need to say sorry, your opinion is welcome 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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