Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a fun young adult novel written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, two very well-known and renown young adult fiction writers. This is a collaborative piece in which Levithan wrote Nick’s chapters and Cohn wrote Norah’s chapters, something seen only every once in a while in the book world. It must take a lot of extra work for two writers to do a piece together in order for the story to keep a good flow, which is one of the things that makes this book unique.
Nick and Norah have never met before, but they happen to be at a club where Nick’s ex-girlfriend, Tris, is lingering with her newest guy. It turns out that Norah knows Tris as well, and when she is within eye-sight, Norah slams Nick with a kiss to annoy Tris. This is the first event that leads to the continuing questioning of the self and relationships that Nick and Norah go through within the novel.
This novel is very music-oriented, and Nick plays a leading role in a queercore band that has changed its name so many times, fans will never be able to figure out who the band is. Nick writes his own lyrics, and has written many songs during his love-sick phase with Tris. Little did he know that Norah had heard all the songs, and was even jealous of Tris! Finding Nick to be too good for Tris, Norah needs to get over her lack-of-commitment issues in order to be the girl Nick deserves.
One of the only issues I had with the book, as a reader, was that there was just a smidge too much foul language. These are young people who like to swear a lot, and most of the instances work well and are placed just right to add comedy, but every other chapter or so, maybe two less “F” bombs would have been appreciated. But once the reader gets into the quick dialogue and snappy character development, the swear words seem to not stand out so much.
And yes, I have seen the movie, but it was quite some time ago and I do not remember it well. From what I do remember, the movie is pretty different in that is give quite a bit more to the secondary characters, while the books main focus is Nick and Norah with a few asides to their friends.
Should you read it? I would say yes, this book is one of those books that is worth a one-time read, but not one of those over and over again books. It is fast and short, so when you want something that wont take too long, something fairly light and romantic, this is the book for you!