Monday, 19 September 2011
Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.
Where do I begin? I was recommended this book. I thought it sounded just what I was looking for. What I found was a book full of the "f" word and plenty of teen drinking. I liked the plot of the story very much. I liked how music brought Nick and Norah together. I liked their crazy night together.
I didn't liked all the bad language. It could be just me, but I never used that kind of language in high school. I'm not just talking about a few bad words here and there. I'm talking 22 f-bombs on one page alone, then the next page had 10 f-bombs. It was plastered all over the book. Were there no other words for the authors to use? Also, the drinking. I never drank in high school. Neither did my friends. Is this rare? Maybe. But I was too busy with a load of after school clubs and such to be doing anything illegal. HOW was Norah getting drinks at the bar anyway? She is underage. I think authors need to be careful what they put in books (that goes for tv too). Kids think this is normal, and then they want to do it. To be normal. What's wrong with being a teen?
The plot was good, I liked the characters, just not their language and some of their actions. Good story, I just think the bad language took away from the story.
"I want to kiss her without counting the seconds. I want to hold her so long that I get to know her skin. I want, I want, I want."