Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published by Allen & Unwin in 2007
Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary
Nick: “I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?”
Norah: I answer his question by putting my hand around his neck and pulling his face down to mine.
Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in… with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes?
Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick… and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?
With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course, a killer soundtrack.
As Nick and Norah wonder through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you never want to end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster.
I’m discovering that David Levithan can be a bit of a hit or miss for me, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, as well as The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, are two of my all time favourite books. But I didn’t so much as enjoy Will Grayson Will Grayson and unfortunately the same can be said for Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist follows two teens as they go on a night long date, told in the dual perspectives of Nick and Norah. I found the majority of the book to be internal thoughts, similar to a monologue style, where the character aimlessly goes off on a random tangent. I couldn’t connect to Nick and Norah in the slightest, and I felt that the few short hours we spent with them wasn’t enough to delve into them as characters. I didn’t dislike Nick or Norah, but they definitely weren’t memorable. One great aspect of this novel is the diversity, there are characters with different sexualities and religion and it’s treated as if it’s normalised.
Music plays a crucial part in this book, as Nick is in a band and Norah’s father is a record producer. Both hold music close to their hearts and throughout the night they watch bands perform and dance wildly in clubs. Nick and Norah use music as a way to connect to one another, as it’s something they share in common.
Overall, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist just wasn’t the book for me. But despite this, I am still planning on reading Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, How They Met, Two Boy’s Kissing and Every Day.