Friday, September 18, 2009

Review: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Title: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-375-83533-9/Knopf (part of Random House)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist takes place in one night in NYC and begins at a bar where Nick is playing with his queercore band (Nick's the only straight guy in it). Nick sees the girl that dumped him with a new guy and doesn't know what to do. So, he asks the girl next to him to be his girlfriend for a few minutes.

Norah of course agrees and is totally surprised that this boy can kiss. The queercore bandmates witness this and totally get Norah to go on an adventure with Nick. Their first date involves tons of music (Norah loves Nick's mixes), some ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend drama, and a mission to find their favorite band's late night performance.

Will the two of them actually fall for each other or do the ex's get in the way???

I was really excited to read this book because I so wanted to watch the movie and I really wanted to like this book. I guess that was my mistake...I already had some expectations for it.

This book was written by two authors and it was my first time reading a book like this. I really enjoyed the he-said/she-said perspectives. The chapters would alternate between Nick & Norah's viewpoints. I also enjoyed all the pop culture references and the idea of all this fun music was great. I loved that Nick wrote songs and we could read them. I guess my only issue was all the F-bombs and usually I don't care if there are swear words in books, but this seemed a bit overdone.

Nick & Norah was a quick and easy read, but I will only recommend it to those mature YA readers. Also, I wouldn't rush to the store and buy it. If you can borrow it from someone or get it from the library that might be best.

A favorite line...
[...] suddenly Hunter and Dev {a band} launch into a fucking Green Day cover, and we're all seven years old again and dancing like we spit out the Ritalin while Mom wasn't looking. Nick, page 22

My Rating:

***Now go and pick up your favorite cup of tea or because it's Rachel Cohn's fave: cappuccino (or whatever you prefer) along with a Rachel Cohn book and HAPPY readings!!!***


  1. Ooh, I've heard of this movie, but never knew there was a book!

  2. Great review! I really liked the movie and I've been back and forth on whether or not I should pick up the book. I think I'll skip it (for now at least).

    Oh, and to answer your question, I'm living in North County (about 10-15 min. from the beach in Carlsbad). :)

    Which part of San Diego are you from?

  3. I didn't realize it was written by two people like that... interesting! (Actually I didn't realize it was a book, lol)

  4. I know what you guys mean...I didn't know it was a book until I saw it at the bookstore. I was surprised!

  5. Yeah, I've heard it was rather vulgar. But the movie was cute, and I want to read it. I never planned on buying it because it seemed like something I would breeze through and be done with, but thanks for the warning, because I am a sucker for buying a pretty cover...

  6. I totally loved Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist!! It has such a unique story line and amusing characters. (I adore Nick’s personality. He has this way of saying things that seem completely random (At least to me.) and giving them an amusing edge)