Rachel Cohn + David Levithan: Nick + Norah’s Infinite Playlist

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 is one of those books that moves way too fast to understand. Pixie Manic Dream Girl says everything must happen before midnight or her shoe will fall off.***

The pace is so rapid that I could hardly keep up with the many many characters. Who the hell is Salvatore? Also, Nick is the only nonqueer in a queercore band. How boring! Please, let me read yet another book about a white CIS male guy fawning over his ex girlfriend, running around town after a PMDG who might save his life.

Couldn’t we have a story, instead, about one of the actual queer band members? Just a thought.

Thank goodness this book was less than 200 pages. I finished it by sheer force of will and the rushed pace of the story. Otherwise, it would have been a DNF.

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***This is in reference to a poem by Olivia Gatwood, “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”

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