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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 fir ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Random House Children's Books (first published May 23rd 2005)
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Joel
Jun 19, 2011 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: me, age 14
Recommended to Joel by: the movie
A few years ago I posted a far-too-personal blog on MySpace (ok, so maybe it was more than a few years ago) offering a retrospective analysis of select mortifying excepts from my circa-age 14 journal (note: not a diary). It's the only year I kept one, and thank god, because while it's perhaps worthwhile to have a snapshot of what I was thinking and feeling at that particular, tumultuous time in my life, what I was thinking and feeling was stupid and the way I went about putting it into words was ...more
Keith
My wife loved this book and dragged me to the movie shortly after it came out. I thought the movie was cute---a better than average teen romance set in my old stomping grounds of New York City's Greenwich Village and Soho. On leaving the theater, I soon heard from my wife how much better the book was, and how disappointing the movie was. I guess it's all a question of what you're expecting going in...

I started reading the book as soon as we got home.

It opens with a great hook. Nick sees his ex-g
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Snorkle
*DISCLAIMER: I wrote this review several years ago...I've grown since then and I realize this review is very BASHING. I really try hard not to write bashing reviews now because there's an author on the other end of a book. Still, I don't want to censor this review because it was what I felt at the time I read it and I still agree with the majority of the sentiments. I wanted to let you know I would approach my review an entirely different way if I had written it now. 7/13

Nick sees his old girlfr
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Jennifer Wardrip
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 sa
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Minli
This book is FUCKING EPIC. So there.

I think all YA lit is exaggerated in a sense, not in a bad way, but in an interesting way--who wants to read about just the ordinary? Of course, I could just be saying this because it was done well here. I bet you anything the next YA book I read, I'll be griping about it being 'too unrealistic.'

What's the difference then? Writing. Levithan and Cohn's writing is sooo gorgeous in that 'witty but not so witty you're annoying and pretentious' kind of way.

And e
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Anna
Jun 29, 2008 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretentious punk rocker wannabes
Recommended to Anna by: I have no one to blame -- I foolishly picked it up myself in the
This book left such a bad taste in my mouth! Where do I begin...?

First, the language was ridiculous. This is supposed to be a young adult book, yet I can't tell you how many times the authors [over]used the word "fuck." Why? In most of the situations it was totally unnecessary and sounded like they were trying too hard to impress their young readers. I understand that "fuck" is a word just like anything else, but just like every other word in the English language, it does not need to be the only
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Amanda
Nick and Norah meet in a punk rock club one night when Nick asks Norah to be his 5 minute girlfriend. Why? Because Nick's ex, Tris, is in the club with her new man and Tris broke Nick's heart. From that point on, Nick and Norah recognize the chemistry between them, but their feelings are compromised by their previous relationships.

The book is okay. Just okay. Told in stream-of-consciousness chapters alternating between Nick's point of view and Norah's, some of it becomes repetitive (although thi
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Suzanne
Finally done. Just over a week to get through a slim 183 pages. Blech.

17-year-old Suzanne would have loved this book. 30-year-old Suzanne hated it. I feel like it tried too hard. And the f-bomb is used way too gratuitously. It's not even used for emphasis's sake.
Example:
Normal Human: I am going to take out the trash right now.
Nick and/or Norah: I am going to f*@%ing take out the f*@%ing trash right f*@%ing now.
Is this how the teens are talking these days?
Nicola
On the emo (punk? oh whatever, EMO) music scene in New York City, Nick and Norah meet and fall in love over a single, remarkable night. Unfortunately, what had the potential to be a great book fails in its execution.

The trouble with a co-written book (Cohn and Levithan wrote alternating chapters, sending the manuscript back and forth) is that half the writing I liked a lot (Cohn's) and half the writing I damn near hated (Levithan's). I like wordplay. I do not, however, like it nearly as much as
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Anthony Chavez
I envision Nick working somewhere like The Strand which was featured in "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" and now I understand some of the places that were mentioned in that book and the bathroom writing on the wall they mentioned in "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" by the same authors.

After reading it I was trying to think of what the writing reminded me of, what with all the musical references and the language used, and I went back to my Textual Healing review and thought, "YES." It's like a
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Emma (Miss Print)
Novels written by two authors can go one of two ways: they can be really cool, or really bad. Happily, writers of young adult novels seem to have a knack for working in collaboration. "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (from 2006) was written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Cohn wrote Norah's part and Levithan wrote Nick's part, but they are not really Nick and Norah.

The story starts in the middle of the night (or is it the beginning of the morning?) at a club on Ludlow Street in New York C
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Morgan
Jun 03, 2014 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Morgan by: Dawn Foster
Shelves: favorites, ya
I noticed this book in our house--my mom was reading it, and the cover both intrigued me and repelled me. However, after my mom's recommendation, I read this book--and loved it. It is one of the most dead-on accurate books I've ever read about young emotions and feelings. The initial plot is slightly contrived: a heartbroken teenager sees his ex with her new guy and asks a girl to pretend she's his girlfriend. However, the story is told by both Nick and Norah's point of view, so the reader is al ...more
Kristy
Street Corner TBR Challenge
May Pick #5 per Tina.


I don’t know if I have ever read a book that I had already watched the movie for. If I have I can’t think of it. I usually read the book first and make myself wait to watch the movie. But, for whatever reason I didn’t wait with Nick and Norah. Hearing the movie was better than the book might have gave me the push…. It was a cool experience though. I knew exactly how to picture the characters; I imagined them the entire time. I kept picturing scenes
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
What happens when Nick's ex-girlfriend shows up while he’s trying to have a decent night? He makes quick introductions to Norah and strikes a deal to be each other’s date for the next 5 minutes. Add in a sighting of Norah's ex-boyfriend and the 5 minutes extend little by little into an all night getting-to-know you and maybe falling a little bit in love experience.

This book has a certain writing style that should just drive me mad. It’s. So. Abrupt. Halting. Aggressive. Angry. Confused. Generall
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I totally dig this book. It surprised me because I didn't think the movie looked promising at all, and after having read the book I can honestly say I never want to see the movie. Michael Cera as Nick? Not a stellar casting decision. Nick O'Leary deserved better. Oh well.

Setting that atrocity of cinema aside for a moment...

This book does have its flaws, the major one being the musical elitism. But if you can look past that, you can see two people who come together under somewhat unusual circums
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Nora
Pane bože! Pane bože! Tyhle slova normálně při psaní nepoužívám (abych byla upřímná, bohužel i já takhle mluvím... ale psát takhle, to je něco úplně jiného), ale tohle... tohle mám tendenci pořád psát! Tahle knížka... no ty brďo! Nikdy jsem si nemyslela, že se toho tolik může udát za jedinou noc a nevyznít to... co já vím... divně... ale... ty jo!

Tahle kniha vypráví o jedné noci dvou lidí. Dvou lidí, kteří za sebou mají svůj vlastní příběh, osud, pocity, zklamání, lásky, nevyřešené účty. Dva li
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Caris
Last Saturday night, my dog and I watched Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. We enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, Max (that's my dog) went through three rawhide chews before the movie was finished. Three! For a two pound dog, that's pretty frigging impressive. I picked up the book the next day.

I read a lot of reviews that said the book was way better than the movie. Lucky for me, I watched the movie first, so my experience was not, and shall not be, spoiled. The book follows the first "date" of a
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SheWunders
Ok, I don’t think I’ve ever read the word f*&k so many times (sheesh), but I like this book for its innovative and true representation of the current teenage mind. I’m sure not all teenagers are like Nick and Norah (I know I wasn’t), but many are the dialog in this books is insightful. It’s written in alternating chapters from Nick & Norah’s POV. It’s great to see what’s going on in their head simultaneously. Whoa to the person who could put up with it in everyday life. Anyway, Nick and ...more
Jennie
Plot: When Nick and Norah meet in a NYC rock club, they have no idea that they are about to embark upon a romantic relationship. Nick just wants a girlfriend for five minutes in order to make his ex jealous, but there's something about Norah that leaves him wanting more after she kisses him in response to his asking for a five minute girlfriend. The two end up spending the night together in NYC and begin to fall for each other.

Evaluation: I have to say that just like Doing It and Forever, sex is
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Shy
The idea that two heartbroken people find love blossoming in one another seems quite sweet and interesting to me. However, the way the book was written with ridiculous amount of profanity in every pages and continuous sexual yearning totally made me cringe. It sounds like the authors were trying too hard to sound cool to the point that they included unnecessary details that did not add anything to the entire story. I had high hope for this book, but was left pretty disappointed.
Aaron Vincent
Feb 15, 2010 Aaron Vincent rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open-minded readers.
Shelves: contemporary-ya
This book was the runner-up for book of the Month of February in one of the groups I am active here in GR. Bridget Jones Diary won the poll but its too chiclit for me. I don't have anything against chiclit, infact I'm curious about Meg Cabot's novels, its just that I saw BJD movie and I was pretty much bored. So being stubborn and everything, I read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist instead.

I am pretty suprised that I really like this novel despite of the prominent usage of curse words, the wor
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rachel
I tried hard to keep a poker face when this book was chosen for my teen book club, but I may have grimaced anyway. Because even though I still like to read teen books, the further away from my teens I get the less I am able to handle teen romance (unless you're talking teenagers named Katniss and Peeta). My brain goes into lockdown LOOK AT THESE STUPID RAGING HORMONES HOW ABOUT SOME LOGIC OR, IDK, HOBBIES mode.

You know what's romantic? Independence. Having a practical tether, even when you're c
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Beth F.
This was an exhausting book to read. It takes place over the course of one epic night where a lot of shit goes down.

--performing live music
--making out in a bar
--fighting with a nasty ex
--jumping a dead car
--moshing
--seeing naked nuns
--having a showdown with another nasty ex
--eating stale oreos
--holding hands
--eating borscht and kielbasa
--girl-on-girl action
--riding on public transportation
--getting caught in a torrential downpour
--making out on a public street
--groping
--making out on an elevat
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Eunice
4.5 of 5 stars

I adore this book very much. The writing, the characters, the place, the music, the humor, everything! It was just so adorable! I find myself wishing the story not to end or just that it was longer. I grew instantly attached with it in just a couple of hours. Haha! ^^

The story all started when Nick, a bassist of an indie band who has been sulking from the break-up with his girlfriend asked Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes upon seeing his ex approaching him with a differe
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Sara ♥
I think I would have given it 2.5 stars, but I did enjoy the journey the two main characters went on... in retrospect though, the language was so gratuitous that I'm bumping it down to 2.

Nick and Norah at a club, where Nick just finished playing a set with his band (he's the bassist). His ex-girlfriend is there with another guy, and he was about to run into them, so spur-of-the-moment-like, he asks Norah (whose name he doesn't even know at this point, but she's standing next to him, so it's ultr
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Liu Zhen
Title: Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Pages: 183
Publisher: May 23rd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Isbn: 0375835318 (isbn13: 9780375835315)
If you ask me what is the worst movie-book ever written, Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist is on my top list. This book is indeed, the most irritating book ever written with the F-word every few sentences throughout the entire book. Not only do I feel disappointed about the book, but I also feel bad for those
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Ally
Dec 14, 2008 Ally rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teens, music fans
Shelves: young-adult
Any music-obsessed geek would find this book to be an entertaining read. I just love how the characters constantly make playlists and match-up songs to their experiences in the book. The little commentaries by Nick, Norah, and friends about bands, like the Cure, and quotes from 80's movies like Heathers, almost jars the reader from believing that these characters are modern teens. You can tell the authors had some pop culture obsessions they had to let loose in their writing.

I usually never do t
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Patrick
I'm sure the movie version will be good, Michael Cera seems to be able to make anything funny, but this book suffered from trying way to hard to be hip and appeal to its young audience. Granted, I'm 11 years removed from legally being able to read Young Adult fiction, but I would have felt condescended to. I agree with a goodreads friend that the overuse of the word "fuck" and "fucking" as an adjective was extremely annoying (even for typically potty-mouthed teens). Something that always bothers ...more
Mags
While Twilight was a psychological nightmare, I found it more tolerable to read than Nick & Norah. I was/am more ashamed of myself when I had wasted time having reached halfway of this book than when I read a few free chapters of Twilight. The Nick and Norah characters—well, to be honest, all the characters—were shallow. Let me summarize the book to those who haven’t read it, from Nick’s POV: “Ex is coming over. Time to protect ego. Find the next girl and have her pretend she’s my new girlfr ...more
Georgia Bell
I may have liked Nick and Norah more if a) I hadn't just read Eleanor and Park and b) if it was a few years back and hipsters hadn't saturated pop culture the way they have now. Nonetheless, Nick and Norah was a clever (sometimes too clever) dual POV story of one long, crazy night. The kind of night where things come together in a way that is rare and wonderful and you know even as it's happening that it's THAT kind of night.

I'll also say that mention of MSCL and Johnny Castle will win me over
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.
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“I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24-7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche or a blow job or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have a feeling that they can’t hide.” 896 likes
“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?...'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That's what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche...or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can't hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.” 865 likes
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