Author: David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2008)
Source: Book Sale
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.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is my first David Levithan book, and I am not disappointed. It is such a bizarre love story that happened in a single night. A night filled with all the ups, downs, curves and whatever that teens encounter today. I like it in the sense that it is such a very short novel and I have finished it in less than a day. Though it was a fast read, I think it was thought provoking.
The story has a lot of elements combine in a span of one awesome night: heartbreak, frustration, devastation, lust, forgiveness and acceptance. It is a love story sprinkled with anger, disappointment, desperation and redemption. This is an honest story filled with fun facts about pop music from several decades.
For people who are easily offended with curses or sex, the “f” word is liberally used in almost every page. But you’ll love the two main characters because they’re pretty decent, they don’t drink, don’t do drugs and they are in search for a stable, monogamous relationship. Perhaps the kind of dialogue was used to keep the characters real instead of being too good to be true.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a music geek or doesn’t know a zit about music. It won’t even matter what gender you are, whether you are straight or not. If you ever met someone and felt that spark when your eyes met for the first time or if you ever wonder what it would be like to meet someone and click right away – this is the book to read.