Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
"I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?" Nick and Norah don't know each other until Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. Those five minutes end up stretching into a night-long date as the two make their way around New York, from one music club to the next. Every minute counts as their first date opens wounds, starts an unexpected passion, and heals their broken hearts.
Wow. This book just reaffirms why I love teen books. Nick's story is told by David Levithan and Norah's perspective is written by Rachel Cohn. The two alternate chapters and their unique voices help to emphasize the back-and-forth nature of a first date. Each character makes bold moves and statements and then backs down a little, all the while waiting to see how the other will take it. Nick and Norah are each a little unsure of this blossoming relationship and each one is dealing with ghosts of the past. I've read a lot of reviews that rail against the language and sexually charged scenes in this book. To them, I say "Open your eyes and ears." This is what real life is like—messy, uncertain, harsh, and brilliant all at the same time. As for the songs, as Nick points out, our life is an infinite playlist. Sometimes we find the songs of the moment and sometimes we write them.
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