Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2006
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, whoâ€™s just walked in to his bandâ€™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 Cityâ€”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 beâ€”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 youâ€™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.
I’m back with another book review, but this time it’s going to be a book and a movie review. I haven’t done a combined one in a while because usually these reviews don’t coincide and usually I don’t get to watch the movie until much later. Lucky for me the movie was available on Crackle, which is probably the only reason this movie review is here.
The book/movie I’m reviewing today is Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. This book had gotten so much hype when the movie came out that I knew that I would have to read it at some point. Let’s start with the synopsis: The quick rundown of the main storyline is that Nick & Norah meet at a club in New York City while they are both avoiding their ex’s. Nick’s ex being Tris and Norah’s ex being Tal meanwhile Norah’s friend,Caroline gets blackout drunk and has to be taken care of.
This is about where the book differs from the movie. In the book, we find the band Where’s Fluffy, on the first try, namely at some underground club in New York City and the next thing you know Nick & Norah are chasing each other around the city and falling in and out of love. In the movie, they spend nearly the whole movie searching for Where’s Fluffy and Caroline ( she escapes from Nick’s friends and the wanders around the city drunk). Now aside from the majorly over the top gross scenes with Caroline’s gum ( I don’t even know where to start!) The movie was mildly entertaining for a teenage flick. It was a bit annoying to spend the whole time wandering around looking for a band to play at some pop-up spot.
One thing good about the book and the movie is that they both revolve around music. The fact that Nick plays in a band, Norah’s dad is a record executive and that they both are obsessed with Where’s Fluffy. Not to mention that Norah is really obsessed with the mix cds that Nick has been making Tris. Overall, if you wouldn’t mind reliving the crazy music of your youth or are still there this is the book/movie for you. I would definitely recommend the book over the movie.
Let me know if you have read the book or watched the movie and what you thought. Did you like Kat Dennings and Michael Cera in the roles of the main characters or would you have picked other people? I have a few more books by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan on my TBR pile, so I’ll probably check them out sometime this year. Let me know which one you would recommend first. I hopefully will see you in another post soon.