Monday, January 21, 2013

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

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Series: Standalone
Published: May 23rd, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
183 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Contemporary young adult
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Warning: May contain spoilers
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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 wa
nt 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.

For such a short book, I was left with a lot of mixed feelings about Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. There were parts of this story that I absolutely loved, but parts that I disliked so much it was hard to keep going at times. I was ready to give up from the very first chapter, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did because for the most part I enjoyed this book.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist takes place in the span of just a few hours. Nick and Norah meet in a club after Nick’s band plays, and the two of them go on this crazy adventure of getting to know each other, helping each other get over their respective exes, and learning a bit about life and love along the way. I loved the dialogue between the two - it was funny and sometimes even sweet, but their inner dialogue often drove me crazy because it was so chaotic it was hard to follow. There were moments that were surprisingly poignant, and for the most part I enjoyed these characters, and I also really liked that the story was told in alternating perspectives.

If you’re easily offended this is not the book for you. I don’t mind swearing but the gratuitous use of the word ‘fuck’ made me want to throw the book across the room. On one page I decided to count and Nick used the word 25 times. On one page! It was a little much. There’s also talk of religion, politics, sexuality, and other things that might be offensive to some people.

Overall, this was a quick, mostly enjoyable read. If you like books set in New York City, stories that revolve around music, and quirky humour, you should give this book a try.

“I shouldn’t want the song to end. I always think of each night as a song. Or each moment as a song. But now I’m seeing we don’t live in a single song. We move from song to song, from lyric to lyric, from chord to chord. There is no ending here. It’s an infinite playlist.” ~ Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Have you read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist? What did you think? Have you seen the movie? I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve wanted to for awhile, and now I’m even more curious to see it after reading the book. 


  1. Would love to visit New York and see a Broadway show. So does that count? I'll put it on the pile.

  2. See, all that needless swearing is the reason I've avoided this one. David Leviathan acts like he's out to break the world record of using the f word in a book.

  3. Oh man. Good to know about the swearing; I can only take so much of that. I ended up removing this from my TBR at one point and I'm glad I did. I'd much rather read Lily & Dash than this...

  4. Yeah, I might have to skip it, too. Although the premise sounds intriguing.


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