Summary 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.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist has been on my TBR list since I saw the first trailer for the movie years ago. I never did manage to read the book or see the movie, though. I still haven’t seen the movie (I plan on it soon), but now I’ve finally read the book. What finally pushed me to read this one? David Levithan will be at the Rochester Teen Book Fest, and so will I (although in different capacities). Anyway, this book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and I didn’t liked it as much as I expected, either. I mean, I did like it, but I definitely didn’t love it.
Okay, so this book is told in alternating POVs between Nick (chapters written by Levithan) and Norah (chapters written by Cohn). I really liked seeing the same scene through each characters’ eyes, because they both saw it a little differently. I definitely had a preference on chapters, though. I liked Nick’s chapters better, as well as his character.
Norah grated on my nerves quite a bit. She’s always calling girls “bitches,” which maybe she doesn’t mean in a negative way, but it didn’t really endear me to her. She sort of tears down Nick’s Ex, but then you find out later that they are kind of friends. Not close friends, but certainly not enemies or anything. This is a personal preference thing, though. I get frustrated seeing girls tear each other down, even in books. It’s not as simple as that, of course. And towards the end, I really did end up liking Norah, but man, I had a hard time understanding what Nick might have seen in her at first. Now Nick was a pretty great character. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. A little obsessed with his ex, but hey, I can remember feeling that way when I was that age.
One thing that I did have a hard time with was all the music parts. I mean, I love music (who doesn’t), but I have never been so “lost” in a song or band, and a lot of the descriptions of that I just couldn’t relate to. I bet a lot of people can relate to that part of the book, and probably know exactly what feeling Levithan and Cohn were talking about. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite grasp that feeling.
It’s a short book, with less than two hundred pages. It was a fairly quick read, although not as quick as I thought. That may be due to the fact that I wasn’t completely engrossed in the stories or the characters. But even though I didn’t love Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist as much as I thought I would, I did still enjoy this story. They characters are well-developed, but also they seemed like real teens. If you haven’t read this, I recommend you give it a chance.