I'll say this about her: Raina Telgemeier knows how to make good comics. I liked this comic when I stumbled across it online a couple of years ago, an...moreI'll say this about her: Raina Telgemeier knows how to make good comics. I liked this comic when I stumbled across it online a couple of years ago, and when she stopped updating it in order to put it together as a Scholastic book I knew I had to pick it up. Raina's story is one about a teenage girl going through what all girls go through in junior high: problems with boys, friends, school, and fitting in, but with the added "bonus" of complicated dental surgery. It sometimes dances on the edge of melodrama, but her lighthearted spirit, positive outlook, and skillfully curved lines keep it from getting maudlin. This would be a really excellent book for young girls, but I think anyone who likes comics would at least appreciate the storytelling in it.(less)
Getting this out right away: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is not directed at me. At 29, I am nearly twice the age of this book’s ideal reader....moreGetting this out right away: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is not directed at me. At 29, I am nearly twice the age of this book’s ideal reader. That being said: I found the book to be incredibly mediocre.
The only reason I picked this book up was that when I was reading about the upcoming movie, I saw a review that said it was “High Fidelity for the iPod Generation”. Oh brother, is it ever NOT. On the surface, maybe: they’re both about people trying to cope with breakups and have music at the heart of them. After that, the similarities quickly vanish.
I won’t go into too much detail: after a gig, Nick sees his ex-girlfriend and asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes to avoid her. Which leads to a crazy night of adventures and moping. I had a really hard time with the moping and the “too cool” attitude of the main characters sometimes, but I wrote it off as not being a teenager any more so I tried not to let it bother me. What I couldn’t get past, though, was the writing. Authors David Levithan and Rachel Cohn traded off for each chapter; Levithan writing Nick’s chapters and Cohn writing Norah’s. That was actually a really interesting idea, and it made for interesting reading when you tried to analyze how they fit together. I liked Cohn’s style, and might even consider tracking down some of her other work, but Levithan’s writing just kept grating on me, so much so that I tried just skipping Nick’s chapters for a while (which didn’t work).
Overall, this wasn’t a terrible book, so it wasn’t an ordeal to finish, but I really didn’t like it either. A reader ten or fifteen years younger would probably dig it, though.(less)