Monday, February 4, 2013

Megan Rambles About Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
From Goodreads: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.

Up until recently, I hadn't read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and I still haven't seen the movie. I really should now that I've read the book and thought it was pretty good. I think it would be really interesting to see how the story plays out in a movie, especially since the copy of the book I bought has a couple of stills from the movie in it. 

Nick and Norah are both having a hard time when the book starts. They have recently gotten out of relationships and have exes that they don't quite know how to deal with. Nick is still kind of in love with his ex-girlfriend, who broke up with him specifically because he was in love with her. And Norah's ex-boyfriend is basically a first class jerk. 

I loved the way Nick and Norah met. I thought it was a funny, original way to set them off on their adventure. Nick's band mates were also really entertaining characters. Actually, my favorite characters of the whole thing were probably Dev, Scot, and, Thom. 

During their really long date, Nick and Norah explore all over New York City. I love NYC and I could picture some of the places the characters went because I've been in the city before, but even if you haven't, the settings are described really well. You don't have to live anywhere near New York City to fall in love with the version that Nick and Norah explore. 

I thought this book was a pretty good read, but I do have some mixed feelings. There were a lot of music references in this book, and some of them were pretty cool, but a lot of them went over my head. I have a feeling that if I knew more about music that wouldn't have been a problem though. 

On the other hand, I really liked the alternating perspectives were handled. Sometimes when there are two narrators that alternate telling the story it can get kind of boring and repetitive, but that didn't happen with Nick and Norah. They just sort of picked up where the other left off and it worked well. 

Basically, this was a book that I had a few problems with, but I liked it enough to enjoy the story anyway. By the end of the book I was happy for the characters and satisfied with the ending. If you need a quick read that doesn't retire too much emotional investment, then I recommend picking this one up.


1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you on every single point! The music references made no difference for me since I'm not too educated on the indie music scene. And I loved New York City in this book. It was gorgeous and it makes me want to go visit even more! :)