Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published by Knopf Books
Date Published: May 23, 2006
So you're a guy; you're at a band show and your ex, the girl who dumped you, walks in with the new guy. Looking for a safe exit, you ask the girl you happen to sitting with to be your girlfriend for five minutes. You're a girl; you're at a get-together and your least favorite female strolls in. The stranger sitting next to you asks you to be his five-minute date. So what do you? You lock lips.

Nick and Norah's instant connect begins a roller-coaster "first date" that takes them through Manhattan and into themselves. A novel concept that works.
This is the first in the awesome Cohn/ Levithan cowrites and in my humble opinion, the best. The appeal (at least to me) is the raw and real perception of teenage life.

The story starts out on a somewhat gimmicky and flashy premise of the whole story being told within the course of night, but whereas Hollywood films don’t, this book delivers a funny, sweet modern fantasy set against the famous City that Never Sleeps, New York City. And we have different, yet strangely similar Nick and Norah as our main characters as well as a healthy cast of humorous sidekicks. Both Nick and Norah, while fine on the outside, are damaged on the inside from past relationships and go on the strangest first date ever.

As a whole this story is actually well-crafted and everything syncs up perfectly in the end. It took a little while, but I found the characters to be very realistic and I could completely relate to them and became quite emotionally invested by the end. If this is not enough to intrigue you, I’ll say that this book serves as a pretty good quiz on how in touch you are with pop culture. With numerous references spread through out the book, it’ll definitely make you smile.

Now, as a little side note, I’ll go ahead and mention that there is a significant amount of cussing and a minor about of “sexual situations” as a movie rating system would say. Some might think it a tad egregious, but I was pretty okay with it. Personally, I didn’t develop a mouth like that until I was in college, but these are New York kids.

So if you want to read something that I would describe as fast, sexy and hip, this is your book!


  1. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is my favorite of all their duos as well. It's laugh out loud funny and simply wonderful :)

  2. I was surprised at how the movie and the book differed. When I was reading I kept thinking, "Man, the movie didn't have this many cuss words in it!" Haha...It definitely didn't bother me though.

  3. i love this book! and, your review definitely captures it! :)

  4. Loved the movie and will now have to pick up the book!!! Awesome review!

  5. I loved this one, but I pretty much love everything by David Levithan... Great review Jennifer! :)

  6. I never knew this was a book too! I loved the film so will check this out. Thanks!

  7. I had no idea the movie (which I haven't seen yet) was based on a book! Guess what I'm adding to my TBR list... :)
    BTW, I've awarded you the Lovely Blog Award via my blog here . Happy reading and blogging!

  8. Thanks for your thoughts! I am also reviewing it now.