#NaNoWriMo: N is for… Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

“I know this is going to sound strage, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?”

– Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

I first time I heard of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist I was on a date with a boy at the movies. It wasn’t until a few weeks later I discovered that the movie is based on a book with the same name! It is a super sweet one-night adventure in New York City.

Nick is a love-sick boy, pining after the girl who dumped him and Norah is an angry girl who is sort-of-friends with the ex. In one really awkward moment, their paths cross and its sets them off on an all-night adventure to find a very drunk, missing friend and the famous band Where’s Fluffy who are playing a secret show somewhere in the city.

Cohn and Levithan are the power couple of awkward teen comedy-drama stories. Although their writing styles couldn’t be more different, they compliment each other perfectly! It is rumoured that this book was written via email, with the authors picking up the story where the other left off. This could have resulted in a really disjointed tale but instead it flows perfectly. The characters are incredibly different, yet so alike. It is their love of music and their desperation to prove other people wrong that draws them together. The dual perspective allows the reader to the full story. For example, Tris is one of the central features in the story. Nick is completely obsessed with her and Norah dislikes her but when you combine each of their observations of her, she doesn’t seem so bad.

New York is the perfect backdrop for this wild tale; it features many bars, a Korean grocery store ad a 24-hour Ukrainian diner. It is an intense and funny story about taking a chance and learning to follow life, no matter where it might lead!

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