Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published by Ember, an imprint of Random House
Nick and Norah meet one night at a concert, and a strange series of events leads to the two of them spending the rest of the night hanging out together in various parts of New York City. Although on the surface the two don’t have much in common, this night ends up being the mother of all first dates, a night that changes everything for them both.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is the kind of book that should be read when in a funk. It’s such a shiny, happy story with so many intelligent and adorable things being said by its characters. It’s super short, so can be read in one sitting if preferred, and the characters will just creep into your heart and stay there. The end of the book is the kind that one can’t help but smile over. In short, it’s happy-making, and when I read the book, that’s exactly what I needed. So I loved it.
To be honest, this novel is much more fun than it is literary or serious or earth-shattering YA, but it’s such a sweet story about two kids who truly meet at the exact right place and right time. Both Nick and Norah are recovering from destructive relationships, and when they meet neither one of them is looking to get involved in anything serious. But they form the kind of connection that is once-in-a-lifetime, and they can’t help but just go with it. The night they spend together is fun and exciting and even has a few moments where their newly established relationship is tested. And, reader, you get to be along for the ride through all of this. And it’s fun, so much fun. And sweet, and cute, and hilarious at times.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is lovely. I enjoyed it tremendously and if you are looking for a fun, sweet, pick-me-up of a novel, look no further. This one’s a keeper.