Monday, 24 February 2014

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Title: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Ember
Series: N/A
Service: Own
Release Date: 28/08/2007
Pages: 183
Format: Paperback


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Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in… with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes?

Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not not-friend girl who dumped Nick… and to get over Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?

With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the ‘first date’ that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack.

As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want never to end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster.

Give me one word…
Why do you say that?

Nick and Norah meet by chance in a club when Nick sees his ex girlfriend, Tris, walk in with her new boyfriend. Wanting to not look like the sad sap that is still hung up on her Nick asks Norah to be his ‘girlfriend’. One kiss leads them into a night of adventure.

I loved both Nick and Norah’s characters however they weren’t without their faults. Nick was very hung up on Tris throughout the book, which did get irritating and Norah seemed very fickle. It was their interaction with each other that I loved. They seemed to balance each other out. Norah appreciates his music and Nick appreciates her humour and you could see why these two would make a good couple.

At the beginning of the book I really disliked Tris and although I can’t say that I like her character there are points in the book where she behaves like a human being and I respect her for that.

I really enjoyed the fact that this was not an instant love story. The amount of twists and turns and changing emotions made me feel like it was a little more realistic than love at first sight. Even at the end of the book when they both seem to have gotten over their demons there is still the niggling questioning thoughts in Norah’s mind and I liked that. The realistic doubts of whether to take a chance on someone and getting hurt.

It was nice to read a book that was not afraid to let the main character swear however at times the cussing felt quite excessive and I did question whether or not it was necessary.

If you are looking to read a book that is fuelled on alcohol, stale oreos and sleep deprivation I would recommend 'Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist'. However if you are offended by language I might give this one a miss.


Amanda Johansson said...

I really wasn't that keen on the film version of this, but might check out the book after reading your review. :) x

Zara Ahmed said...

I haven't seen the film! It's on my list after having read the book. x

Amanda Johansson said...

By the way, I've nominated you for a liebster award :D

Zara Ahmed said...

Oh I've just seen this! Thank you so much! x