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

May 17, 2012 Reviews 10 ★★★

Review * Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David LevithanNick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 186
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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So you're a guy; you're at a band show and your ex, the girl who dumped you, walks in with the new guy. Looking for a safe exit, you ask the girl you happen to sitting with to be your girlfriend for five minutes . You're a girl; you're at a get-together and your least favorite female strolls in. The stranger sitting next to you asks you to be his five-minute date. So what do you? You lock lips . Nick and Norah's instant connection begins a roller-coaster "first date" that takes them through Manhattan and into themselves. A novel concept that works.


This review is going to be short and sweet, because the book was short and sweet.

What I thought…

  1. I’ve become a fan of alternating view points.  It used to drive me crazy, but now I kind of like it, and it really works here.  In fact I know that it wouldn’t have been good only told through one perspective.
  2. I’m a sucker for these kind of books.  The ones that take place over 24 hours or have some kind of time frame involved.  Love them!
  3. I liked Norah slightly more than I liked Nick, but I liked Nick’s chapters better.  Norah was more fun, Nick spent a lot of time hung up on Tris.  Even though Norah was still dealing with Tal she didn’t come off as whiny about it.  Nick’s chapters were more funny and I really got into some of his rambling thoughts.
  4. All the other characters were great, even Tris.  They had their place in their story and they fit well with Nick and Norah.  Tony/i/e was my favorite.
  5. The stuff they do is crazy and so much fun!  I wish that I would have had a night as fun as this.
  6. Norah’s dad makes a small appearance in the book but I think that was one of my favorite scenes in the book and it’s such a fatherly thing to do.  Even though it ticks Norah off, it’s for the best.
  7. As much as I loved this story I can’t give it 4 or 5 stars.  The “F” word is seriously overused in this book and I just could not get past it.  I know that teenagers cuss (I know I cussed as a teenager) but it was overkill in this book.  I wish that I had this as an ebook so I could count how many times they used it.  Seriously, it’s everywhere!

Overall it’s a really cute story but beware of the “F’” word.


10 Responses to “Review * Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan”

  1. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I loved this book! I still haven’t seen the movie because I’m afraid I won’t like it as much.
    I do agree on the profanity thing in general. Like a lot of things in books, it can be overdone!

  2. Bittner

    Don’t worry, as much as I adore and worship David Levithan, I completely agree with your review! I gave it four stars at the time that I read it but now that it has been a year and a half, the only real thing about it that I remember is that they cursed…a lot!
    Rachel and David wrote two other books together (so far) that are completely different from this one. Steph and I both loved Naomi and Ely because the characters are way more realistic! And I loved Dash and Lily, but I would warn you that that one kind of reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie! It is the complete opposite of Nick and Norah because it is overkill on gushy romance stuff!

  3. fakesteph

    Naomi and Ely is one of my fave books!!! I would lend you my copy except my friend left it in Tawain. :( I have a signed copy of this one, but I never got around to reading it. :)

  4. Jenny

    I used to hate the alternating POV too. I still do in some books but if it works it’s a lot of fun.

  5. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I really enjoyed this movie but I haven’t read the book. And Courtney pushed me onto David Levithan and I really love him now so I’m sure I’ll read this one eventually. Although I do remember Courtney talking about how there was way too much cussing in it! I don’t really mind cussing, except for when it’s too much or it’s just there just for the shock factor. Like I once saw Bob Saget’s stand-up on TV and it was just annoying because he cussed all the time. I mean, I know he wanted to get away from the Full House image and he kind of used cussing as his shtick but it was just too much. Great review, Kim!