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A Novel Idea

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,942 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews

Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turnin

Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published December 7th 2005)
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Badz (Abandoned Marionette)
Okay don't judge me. I picked this book up because I want a break from high fantasy & too emotional contemporary novels. Simon Pulse rom-com teen books used to be my favorite back when I was in highschool and I enjoyed the stupid, hilarious and light-heartedness of each book.

Anyway, I guess it's because I'm 21 now and I have read a lot of other books--both YA and adult--but I really had a hard time not rolling my eyes at the main character in this book. I used to relate to these kinds of cha
Mar 03, 2012 Leela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Comedy Lovers
I personaly thought that "A Novel Idea" was an amzing read. A lot of you seem to be lost in the plot, or dislike it because it seems more "pre teen" or because Griffen (That WAS his name, right?) and Scott were gay. I disagree with both of those statements. After I read this book, it ultimatly soared it's way over to "My Favorite Books" list.
Honestly, I think this is an amazing teen book that fills the heart with both joy and exitment. It may have some gay people, but so what? It may be a lit
Dec 05, 2010 Librarysteph rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Aimee Friedman had me hooked in the first chapter of A Novel Idea!

First of all I hated high school like Norah does. My guidance councillor seemed to be under the impression that I was friendless (untrue!), pregnant (untrue and where did he get that?! I wasnt even fat yet) and wouldn’t amount to much (untrue?). Valentines Day was my least favourite holiday, like Norah.

These striking resemblances to my life are not what draws me in though, it’s the bookstore they hang out in that I wish we had in
Sep 07, 2011 Bonnie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
I remember reading this back in 2006 after eying it in the bookstore on numerous occasions. The title, A Novel Idea, and the adorable illustrated cover with the characters looking at their books just made me want to pick it up.

It also looked like it was going to be a quick and light read. Sometimes if I am reading a more complicated read, I like to also pick up a light one as I did with this book.

For a light romantic comedy targeted towards teenage girls, this book was rather...dumbed down. Whil
Ailla Magcamit
Jun 05, 2014 Ailla Magcamit rated it it was amazing
Read full review HERE! :)

As another Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy, A Novel Idea surely did not disappoint! From characters you can easily relate with, to an intriguing plot, it surely was worth the read! When I started, I didn't really put it down and after just three hours, I finished it.

I could totally get Norah. She reminds me of myself at some points especially about the extracurricular thing. Also, I love the fact that she's a big bookworm. Starting my own book club is an idea that I wan
Oct 07, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
One of my little cousins was reading through this simon and pulse books and these were my old books and she swore it was good. I do like it for a younger age group, it was a quick read but some points made me kind of want to smack some of the characters. I think the overall plot was great. Norah seemed a bit obsessed at the beginning with James who tbh didn't seem that interesting to me.

I feel bad that Norah felt the need to hide who she was and what she loved but actually I think that's a corre
May 02, 2012 Geli rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, romance, own-it
In the beginning and in the end of reading this book, I did enjoy it. It was parts in the middle that made it seem a bit too silly and unbelieveable. Not to say all novels must BE believeable but there were just points where there was no way a girl would ever go through such lengths to win over a guy. Well, in my opinion anyway. But other than that i really enjoyed the book. I felt i could see myself in a lot of the characters during the story. Its not a great read but i do recommend it to other ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Ariana rated it liked it
After getting over my initial irritation over the trashy romance comment, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very likeable and relatable, at least to my teenage self. Everyone has done something a little crazy over someone they liked. Although, Norah took it to a whole new level. It was a quick, extremely adorable, and funny read.
Aug 26, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I had to figure out how to highlight on my Kindle while at the gym because I came across the most extraordinary quote: "I love Park Slope; even though it's an urban neighborhood, its indie bookstores, boutiques, and cafes give it a small-town vibe." HAHAHAH. Spoken like someone who's never been to a small town.

Final: Eh, didn't hate it...
Kaitlyn Richard
Jan 26, 2017 Kaitlyn Richard rated it it was amazing
This book is so cheesy and full of tons of hilarious romantic acts that I couldn't put it down. I kept laughing and wanting to follow the characters on the whole adventure of being in a book group. Being so enthralled that I even forgot where I was (listening for when my baby woke up) is truly what a great book is all about. If anyone says they are looking for a good high school romance starter novel, it is this one right here.
Jun 27, 2009 Lilibeth rated it really liked it
Norah Bloom seems to come up a bit short when it comes to her extracurriculars for her college applications. With the help of Audre--Norah's quirky, self-assured skinny-cord-leopard-print-wearing best friend--Griffin--the "cutie manning the soy latte counter"--and Scott--her gayish best friend who is the infinite confidence booster, and probably the most organized person she knows--Norah builds up her own a group based on what she likes to do most. Drink lattes and read. As the members pile in-- ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Raquel rated it liked it
Okay don't judge me. I picked this book up because I want a break from high fantasy & too emotional contemporary novels. Simon Pulse rom-com teen books used to be my favorite back when I was in highschool and I enjoyed the stupid, hilarious and light-heartedness of each book.
M a h v i s h
Jun 09, 2016 M a h v i s h rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rom, chiclit, romcom, teen

"Here’s a secret: I love trashy paperback romances. Please don’t mock me until you hear me out.

Yes, they’re completely cheesy and have embarrassing titles like Ravaged by Love and A Pirate’s Passion. The covers alone make me blush: women spilling out of their gowns, bare-chested guys with flowing hair, candles, canopy beds, ruffles. So not
Aug 07, 2008 Bg rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
As anyone can see from the books I've read that I don't usually read Romantic Comedies filled with funny teenaged inside jokes. But seeing that the cover looked interesting and the description was interesting and I really didn't have anything to read I picked it up. So basically Norah (our main character)is getting ready for college. She meets with her guidance consoler and finds that she isn't doing enough extra-curricular activities. Norah is more of a retro laid back kinda girl so she leaves ...more
Taylor Fenner
Jan 02, 2013 Taylor Fenner rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody over the age of 13 or 14
A Novel Idea is about a girl named Norah, who decides to start a book club to increase her chances of getting into her dream college, Vassar. The book starts out meaning well, as Norah and her best friends Scott and Audre set up the book club with the help of a "cute" barista at their favorite coffee house.

The book club amasses an odd collection of members: Francesca, the "it" girl who seems to be hiding something; Neil, your typical sci-fy geek; and James, the shy but cute guy Norah develops a
Feb 06, 2010 Alea rated it really liked it
I have been collecting the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies over the past year or so and I'm happy to say I've finally picked up one an read it and I sure started with a great one!

The premise of A Novel Idea sounds promising a shy bookish girl starts a book club at a local bookstore/coffee shop to bulk up her college resume and hopes to find a cute boy in the process. And holy cow the book did not disappoint. It was as sweet, bookish, and nerdy as I hoped it would be!

Norah was very easy to relate t
Abe Brown
Jun 05, 2014 Abe Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-1-12
Norah, typically unlucky in love, and her friend decide to start a book club at a local coffee shop. At first, she is afraid the whole idea has been a complete failure. However, she begins to notice a "bookish hottie" (begin gagging) named James. Because this is a cheesy romance novel, she can't just approach him like a normal person. She reads a book called How to Catch a Duke, which she uses as the basis of her plan to make James fall for her. The story is her adventure as she learns the diffe ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Charmaine rated it did not like it
Was this a modernization of a Jane Austen novel? If so, I definitely missed the connection. This was total chicklit and far too juvenile for my tastes. I liked the idea of a book club romance, but the story got away from itself.

Norah's motives were somewhat petty, and her actions were eyeroll-inducing. I really disliked all the Rosamund schemes. It's obvious that James was humouring her, and she really did not need to do things like send herself flowers. Seriously, that's wasteful and a bit too
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I don't know why I keep reading these. Maybe because I enjoy something short, sweet, and cheesy now and again? I read a few others in this imprint, and "A Novel Idea" was continuously recommended to me by Goodreads - so I caved.

This was cute and quirky, and I liked how modern and accepting it felt, despite being published ten years ago. Norah's best friend is gay, they have parties that involve alcohol given to them by a friend's college-attending older brother, their group of friends contains
Kat Rose
Oct 05, 2014 Kat Rose rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: book readers
Okay first off I got to say I love this book. The romance was the perfect balance. I like that the author has written this romance comedy on a romance between a book loving girl and the book loving boy.
A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman

Norah, a book reader, has started a book group because her guidance counselor said she needed more extracurricular for her college application. She held the book club at the book nook. She falls for James and devises a secret plan from a book to capture his heart. There were different love conne
Kai Yi
May 24, 2008 Kai Yi rated it liked it
norah, good grades and everything, but she doesn't join clubs. now she is ask to join a club. she makes a book club at a coffee shop. meeting new people at this club, and maybe enemies too. norah also into love stories and mostly love stories, this will be the tome where she could break through the singleness or her life. this is all because of her grades, but at the end it is more than her grades that she gets. maybe she can even get a boyfriend from this. will she make her own happy ending lov ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Camille rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about a young girl named Norah Bloom who has to start a book club because she needs more curricular activities on her records to get into the college of her dreams. But when she reads a book called To Catch a Duke, and falls head over heals for the guy in her book club. Norah decides that she will do the things that she read about in the book because the girl actually got the guy in the story, and she also wants to get James. What she doesn't know is while she was reading th ...more
Nov 13, 2007 Joann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers
Shelves: advisory07-08
This book was a page turner for me. This book really relates to us, teenagers because it is about joining/starting clubs making it look good on our college applications. There is this girl named Norah and she started a book group called "Book Nook" and people joined it. Turns out that she has a crush on James who is in the book group.
The book group was going to fall apart but Norah met/"Stalked" an author Philippa Askance. She promised she would show up 'of some sort.' Turns out, she never show
Liz Roosa
Apr 18, 2014 Liz Roosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ro-coms
Ok, I cannot describe how much I love this book. I have read it more times than I could possibly count and I still can't get enough. First of all the description of the settings in this book is amazing. I feel like I can see the Book Nook and Norah's house. Second of all I just love Norah. I can totally relate to her. I can be shy sometimes and I especially get that way around guys. I have done some interesting things to try to get a guy's attention before so I could relate to Norah's Rosamund s ...more
Aug 21, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
I though this book was really sweet. I really liked the idea of making the book club just so she would be able to get into college. When Franceso, however u spell her name, came to the book club i started laughing since no popular girl would join a book club... well atleast no in my school. I really thought it was weird when i found out that Franceso use to be a total nerd and everything. When she was trying to get James it was kinda funny when she followed wat a character in a book did. I'm jus ...more
Li Xian Chen
Dec 15, 2009 Li Xian Chen rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was interesting and funny. In the book the main character Norah starts a book club. Norah doesn't like to quit. I like the book because the main character always wanted to meet her favorite author even though it is hard to meet one of your favorite author face to face. I also liked this book because Norah likes this boy and she tries to get the boy's attention by using a story's plot. Even though everything turned out wrong in the end she found out something very unexpec ...more
As painfully faux indie hip as only a novel about self-involved Manhattenite teens hanging out at a (non Starbucks) coffee shop can be. Friedman flogs the reader with her lead character's supposed literary tendencies, but it would take far more brain-damaging abuse to convince me of the reading chops of a girl who dismisses Heart of Darkness only to seemingly seriously consider Louise Rennison's books for her book club. Neither novel, nor particularly literary, but moderately serviceable if you ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
By starting a book club, Norah hopes it'll help get into the college of her choice, that is, maybe it'll take some time after meeting the members and James.
When Jane realizes that she has a crush on James, she decides to try to make him jealous with help from a romance book. Will it work or will it just create disaster? It seemed it went by quickly. These books are good, not that great but not bad. Perfect for reading either on a rainy day or in a day. Still, I recommend it if you like romantic
Jul 11, 2010 Izumi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
okay i liked this book but DANG! this girl..... okay I closed this book every freaking 5 pages cuz it seemed like she was out to to embarrass herself! this REALLY frustrated me and i mean i could tell from the beginning that james liked her, so why, WHY couldn't she just go with the flow, or ask him out like a normal person? but noooooo she has to come up with a plan she got from some crazy old time adult romance novel where everybody talks weird, like in soaps.... to make her seem like "the mos ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
i found this romantic comedy different from the others that i've read. although i knew who was going to end up together like the other books there was an unexpected twist. they ended up with each other but didn't happen as fast as i thought it would've. instead it took the main character, Norah a while to realize that he really did like her and that he went to the book club just for her. Well it happens frequently in real life too doesn't it? which is another reason why i like this book, it was ...more
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Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still doe ...more
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