Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Published: May 23, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Ebook; 183pg
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.
This book was so different from the movie! But, as usual, I did prefer the book to the movie. And I loved the movie, so you can imagine my feelings for this book!
Of course, I couldn't help but fall into the trap of picturing the lead characters in the novel, Nick and Norah, as the actors that portrayed them in the film version. But, hey, those actors, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, totally kick ass so it's all cool. Plus, sometimes I have a difficult time visualizing characters in my head so they are just a fuzzy outline in my mind. These characters I had a 3D imagination and it was awesome!
I really enjoyed Nick and Norah's individual voices. It was interesting to have such opposite points of view. I loved how the book really explores Norah's background more and how Nick is more than a lovesick fool. In the movie, Nick and Norah spend all night searching for their favorite band, Where's Fluffy. In the book, the night is more about the two of them spending time with each other and Where's Fluffy is like a footnote.
Anyways, this book does contain foul language and sexual situations, so if that bothers you, beware! I, however, loved it.
5 stars to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist!