Title: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary/YA/Romance Pages: 188
First published: 2006
Edition: Paperback, published by Electric Monkey in 2014
Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts. So when Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees.
I had so much fun with this one. Is it a masterpiece? No, but it does what it does very well.
I love both Nick and Norah’s voices. They take themselves a bit seriously sometimes and sometimes everything is a joke. They overthink the world, but hey, that is actually what teenagers do. I know I used to. In that way I think it captured teenagehood (teenagedom?) very well. I definitely saw teenage me in these characters and that warmed my middleaged heart.
I loved how the novel takes place over the span of one night and that it is set in New York. You could really feel the vibrancy of the city at night.
I read some other reviews of this novel a while back and much was made of the swearing. I really do not think it is that bad. Yeah, there are a few f-bombs, but is that so bad? Another concern was the way Norah gets her self-worth from the way others perceive her. Well, I think that is the case for a lot of teenage girls and I just because it is not the ideal, it does not mean that a girl like that cannot be represented in fiction. I am sure a lot of young girls recognise themselves in Norah’s thought processes.
I really enjoyed this one for what it was; a fun romance book written for a YA audience.
6 out of 7 stars