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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
ISBN-13: 9780375835315
ISBN-10: 0375835318
Publication Date: 5/23/2006
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
This has to be the best book I have read. The alternating chapter points of view give you a great look into the head of both a girl and a guy on the same topic and add alot of insite into the story line. It is full of real images and intense moments. It is a must read!
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Helpful Score: 4
I saw the the movie first and I loved the movie so I decided to read the book. The book was amazing! The book was written very casual and easy to read. I felt as if Nick and Norah's were my friends venting to me. The writing is very natural in both the thought process and language of teens their age on the verge of college.

I intended to read the book just a bit before I went to bed. I read this booth in 9 hours straight. During the part when the sun comes up in the book, the sun came up in my window. Crazy!

This book is a great read for teens and young adults. I am 22 and I love it. I had some of my friends read this and they all had a hard time putting it down.

I suggest giving this out as a gift to people who enjoy reading or even someone who should read.

Watch the movies first so you have no disappointments! Highly reccomended!
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Before I start the story that is Nick and Norah, I decided we needed to get some misconceptions out of the way first.

1) I don't live in Manhattan, so I won't understand what the characters are talking about. Wrong! I don't live in Manhattan--actually, I've never been farther East than Ohio, but I still got the gist of the story quite easily. Sure, I might never have visited Times Square, but I've been on the Square in my hometown (population 3,400), and the same types of things went on there that go on in New York.

2) This book is full of cursing. Right! And if you haven't heard a lot of curse words (do I really need to spell them out?), especially from the mouths of teens, in the last twenty years or so, I'm guessing you live on a commune somewhere in the middle of Utah.

3) This book only covers one night. Right again! And oh, what a night it is! One night, filled with all the ups, downs, and sideways that being a teen in todays world brings.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can concentrate on the story. It's about Nick, a bassist for a band with an ever-changing name, who recently had his heart broken by a b***h named Tris. It's about Norah, an uber-complicated girl with more issues than The National Enquirer, who not too long ago had her virginity broken by Tal. And then there's Caroline, and Jessie, and Uncle Lou, not to mention Dev and Thom, and Randy from Are You Randy?, and Hunter from Hunter. There's beer, and there's drugs, and there's sex, although none of it is Nick or Norah's.

There's heartbreak, and devastation, and lust, and forgiveness, and acceptance. There's parents to deal with, and friends to attempt to deal with, and a boy and a girl who wish that, just once, they could be themselves and not deal at all. There's a love story, and a song about a girl on a street in the middle of the night, and a band that just might make it big, and a car that won't start, and a subway ride that requires jumping the turnstyle.

There's love, and anger, and disappointment, and desperation, and redemption. There's life, and then there's Nick and Norah. There's a story here, and you need to read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
It's very rare that I like a movie better than the book, but that is the case here. The characters are rougher and less enjoyable than their portrayal in the movie. The relationship that Nick and Norah have is mostly spur of the moment stuff, nothing deep that could indicate real love or a lasting relationship. I was also shocked at the amount of swearing that went on. It's an entertaining quick read about one crazy night in Manhattan, but if you're looking for something similar to the movie or a romance novel, pass this one over.
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This is one of those books with a young adult label that is an instant classic to me because it's written in such a way that a teen today could read this again in 20 years and still like the book. Even though the book is full of cursing from both characters and many music references, it doesn't exclude the reader or try too hard. Everything seems natural. It does deal with some sexual situations and of course colorful swearing which may alarm some parents but it also has straight-edge (no alcohol or drugs) protagonists, friends behaving responsibly, and refreshing writing. If you're still on the fence - go read an excerpt on the authors' site and you'll be able to decide pretty quickly if this is the book for you. This was one of my favorite reads of 2008
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Before I start the story that is Nick and Norah, I decided we needed to get some misconceptions out of the way first.

1) I don't live in Manhattan, so I won't understand what the characters are talking about. Wrong! I don't live in Manhattan--actually, I've never been farther East than Ohio, but I still got the gist of the story quite easily. Sure, I might never have visited Times Square, but I've been on the Square in my hometown (population 3,400), and the same types of things went on there that go on in New York.

2) This book is full of cursing. Right! And if you haven't heard a lot of curse words (do I really need to spell them out?), especially from the mouths of teens, in the last twenty years or so, I'm guessing you live on a commune somewhere in the middle of Utah.

3) This book only covers one night. Right again! And oh, what a night it is! One night, filled with all the ups, downs, and sideways that being a teen in todays world brings.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can concentrate on the story. It's about Nick, a bassist for a band with an ever-changing name, who recently had his heart broken by a b***h named Tris. It's about Norah, an uber-complicated girl with more issues than The National Enquirer, who not too long ago had her virginity broken by Tal. And then there's Caroline, and Jessie, and Uncle Lou, not to mention Dev and Thom, and Randy from Are You Randy?, and Hunter from Hunter. There's beer, and there's drugs, and there's sex, although none of it is Nick or Norah's.

There's heartbreak, and devastation, and lust, and forgiveness, and acceptance. There's parents to deal with, and friends to attempt to deal with, and a boy and a girl who wish that, just once, they could be themselves and not deal at all. There's a love story, and a song about a girl on a street in the middle of the night, and a band that just might make it big, and a car that won't start, and a subway ride that requires jumping the turnstyle.

There's love, and anger, and disappointment, and desperation, and redemption. There's life, and then there's Nick and Norah. There's a story here, and you need to read it.
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"Susan," People said to me, "you've got to read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. It's so you."

I trusted them; I'd been hearing this same thing from way too many people to not hear the nugget of truth in what they were saying. Yet, I still procrastinated. After all, my TBR mountain range is over 500 books. I'm trying to shrink that puppy and make some work space in my office.

So I threw it up to fate. When the movie came out, I reminded myself I needed to read the book first -- and soon.

That was in 2008. It wasn't until summer of 2010 that I was standing in my local public library with my son, trying to find something that would interest him, that I turned to a rack of books and ... there it was.

I told myself I shouldn't. I have enough at home. Heck, I shouldn't be taking out the new release I had in my hands.

It was a moment of weakness.

It was a moment I'll never regret.

That's because Nick and Norah is a fabulous book. It gets the rock and roll vibe and it tells a story I maybe could have lived at a younger point in my life. I recognized myself in here, recognized friends, recognized the carefree feel of wanting to keep the night going, to see where things were leading, to play this out now and not over awhile, when thinking had time to intrude, and expectations to overpower. Nope, there's that urgency, that need to live life, to experience things, to be part of this adventure that's changing you even as you go through it...

Yeah. I've been there, all right. Leaving it behind is possibly the worst thing about growing up.

Now, I'll confess I'd been worried about the two author thing. How would it work, would the voices meld? Would dialogue and actions be consistent across characters? Yes, you'd expect a boy's voice to be different from a girl's -- it was the small details I was worried about.

Ha. It was quite seamless and carefully done. It lent the book an authenticity in each character, although some of that could have been my own expectations coming into play. It's entirely possible I was so charmed by the story, that I related to it so much better than I had anticipated, that I'm overlooking some flaws. I must be. No book is this perfect.

Yet like Fat Kid Rules the World, this is one of my new favorites. An instant classic.
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My husband likened the Movie to "American Graffiti", in that its a coming of age movie and deciding to go to college or not. I just enjoyed it.
Then I read the book. A lot of band names and a lot places happen all in one night, but its different from the movie in that its all about Nick and Nora. Tris plays a minor role in the book version and actually pushed them to get together.
I REALLY liked the movie and the book is just different enough that I like it for different reasons than the movie.
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I read this book after watching the movie, I must say that I liked the movie but I LOVED the book. As in the movie, the whole story takes place over one crazy night in Manhattan. The book is written in an interesting style, alternating chapters told by Nick and Norah. The writing is fun and witty and very funny. The ending in the book is a bit different than the movie, and I like the way the book ended better!
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Before I start the story that is Nick and Norah, I decided we needed to get some misconceptions out of the way first.

1) I don't live in Manhattan, so I won't understand what the characters are talking about. Wrong! I don't live in Manhattan--actually, I've never been farther East than Ohio, but I still got the gist of the story quite easily. Sure, I might never have visited Times Square, but I've been on the Square in my hometown (population 3,400), and the same types of things went on there that go on in New York.

2) This book is full of cursing. Right! And if you haven't heard a lot of curse words (do I really need to spell them out?), especially from the mouths of teens, in the last twenty years or so, I'm guessing you live on a commune somewhere in the middle of Utah.

3) This book only covers one night. Right again! And oh, what a night it is! One night, filled with all the ups, downs, and sideways that being a teen in todays world brings.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can concentrate on the story. It's about Nick, a bassist for a band with an ever-changing name, who recently had his heart broken by a b***h named Tris. It's about Norah, an uber-complicated girl with more issues than The National Enquirer, who not too long ago had her virginity broken by Tal. And then there's Caroline, and Jessie, and Uncle Lou, not to mention Dev and Thom, and Randy from Are You Randy?, and Hunter from Hunter. There's beer, and there's drugs, and there's sex, although none of it is Nick or Norah's.

There's heartbreak, and devastation, and lust, and forgiveness, and acceptance. There's parents to deal with, and friends to attempt to deal with, and a boy and a girl who wish that, just once, they could be themselves and not deal at all. There's a love story, and a song about a girl on a street in the middle of the night, and a band that just might make it big, and a car that won't start, and a subway ride that requires jumping the turnstyle.

There's love, and anger, and disappointment, and desperation, and redemption. There's life, and then there's Nick and Norah. There's a story here, and you need to read it.
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I read this after watching the movie. I know, not always the best idea, but I really enjoyed the book a lot. Lighthearted, but not so much so that it lost it base in reality. Honest, and very funny, the book was a quick read, and very enjoyable.