Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (novel)

Title: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Random House

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.

I watched the film adaption of this before I even know the book existed. Seriously,  what kind of book fan am I? I feel ashamed of myself on principle.

I loved the film and picked up a copy of the novel last week on special not really knowing what to expect.

For starters,  it was similar enough to the film to make my pedantic side happy, but it was also quite different in a lot of ways too. Which is tough because I love both versions!

I am not going to compare here, as I think you need to enjoy both for what they are.

The book is less than 200 pages and will be a perfect pick for your summer reading by the pool. The writing and characterisation is witty and intelligent and this will certainly appeal to John Green fans.

It is mature YA, though, so I do caution younger readers and parents. There is crude language and references. Sexual scenes are quite steamy and other events may make the more prudish raise an eyebrow. But this is exactly why I recommend this book.

It is an honest look at teens and what they get exposed to.

It also has the added benefit of reading like a fun travel guide to NYC. Part of me also want to pull an all - nighter in the city that never sleeps.

So get it. Read it with an open mind. Enjoy it for what it is. And then check out the film too!

1 comment:

  1. I just got a copy of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Reading it right now. Don't intend of sleeping until I finish it. I am enjoying it so far. The movie is one of my favourites and I'm quite sure the book will be on my top 5 list!