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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  75,065 ratings  ·  4,629 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Morgue the book is infinitesimally superior to the movie. while most book-to-movie adaptations fall short of expectation, I find that this particular example…morethe book is infinitesimally superior to the movie. while most book-to-movie adaptations fall short of expectation, I find that this particular example shouldn't even be referred to as such. (less)
Izzy Burgess Yes, it was. Her parents saw Caroline as the perfect portrayal of what the daughter of a record executive would be like, and that's why they love her.…moreYes, it was. Her parents saw Caroline as the perfect portrayal of what the daughter of a record executive would be like, and that's why they love her. But that thing doesn't seem to effect Norah, or at least it doesn't effect her friendship with Caroline. (less)

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Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: me, age 14
Recommended to unknown 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
Jun 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-boy-pov, music
I have yet to read a David Levithan book that doesn’t move me. I ADORE his writing style. I also ADORE his mind. The way he thinks, the way his characters think. It’s very curious. They often do the unexpected.

Honestly, this wouldn’t have worked if it had been written by somebody else. The faking-you-have-a-girlfriend thing is so overdone I would have cried of exasperation if it had been what this book was all about.

Luckily it’s not. By the way, Rachel Cohn does a good job of writing Norah’s cha
May 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
*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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for

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
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
John Winston
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is probably the worst book I’ve read to date, and I wouldn’t post this review if I thought it would have a negative impact on the authors’ careers. But it won’t so here goes. There’s absolutely no character development here, none. The love story never really gets started (or I probably had something else in mind for a story).

We stay in Norah’s mind soooo much it feels claustrophobic, and trust me, that’s not a mind you want to be in for too long. The F bomb is dropped on almost every page
Carlos De Eguiluz
Antes que nada, me gustaría disculparme por haber estado tan perdido de esta red, por no haber leído lo suficiente y también por no estar ahí para recomendarles libros. La única excusa que creo que es valida para justificar mi ausencia es el hecho de que "The Vampire Diaries" terminó; y aunque no era la mejor serie del mundo, fue una gran e importante parte de mi vida desde que la empecé por allá del 2010. Como se imaginarán, quedé devastado por un tiempo luego de ver el último capítulo, sin emb ...more
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.
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?
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, blog
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
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen
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
Jahanzaib Asim
Aug 25, 2016 rated it did not like it

Someone: What's your least favorite book?
Me: *has flashbacks of gagging while reading this book*

Lia  (a paper pigeon)
Read this back in high school. All the music and the love got me completely obsessed.
And don't even let me start on the huge girl crush I had on Tris, please.

I'm still not over how disastrously awful the movie adaptation was, though, especially the cast choices.
They casted Michael Cera as Nick.
I'll never not be mad about it.
Emma (Miss Print)
Oct 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Sara Santos
it was an okay book, nothing special...
Please note that I did not give this book any stars. I rounded up to one star on Goodreads.

I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Insta-love square.

This is going to be a bit ranty so I apologize in advance. I loathed this book. From beginning to end. I can't believe that a movie that I enjoyed spun off from this source material. I think at one time I wonder how many times Nick said the "f" word and decided I was too lazy to do a search via my Kindle because I just wanted this book to be over.
Anthony Chavez
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Francisca Viegas
We are graced, and we are together, and the twoliness is trumping the loneliness and the doubt and the fear.

I actually liked this a lot. I had a minor issue with it, but other than that it was a fun and short read. I've come to expect great things from David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Their characters are always so real and believable, and the struggles we read about are things most of us have actually been through and therefore can totally relate to.

The worst:
♫ The language in this is way too
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
alexandra ling
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
3.75/5 ★

i've been in a slump these past few months so managing to finish this novel in less than 24 hours is a huge shocker. which is to say, i thoroughly enjoyed NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST. i didn't realize but i needed something light, fun, carefree, and cliché. this was exactly that.

this book was short and addictive. i loved the predictable situations and unique characters. although i didn't find anything deliberately special about this novel, i'm very grateful to have picked it up
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly this was a fun quirky read.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loathed
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
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
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
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
This book was such a disappointment for me.

The characters seem overly quirky, like something out of John Green novel (which isn't a positive for me, sorry). There's just nothing special about this book. It's yet another addition to the aggressively heterosexual, aggressively quirky genre, which shocked me coming from David Levithan.

This genre works when the characters and realities of life truly shine through, in books like Perks Of Being A Wallflower and some of David Levithan's other books.
3.25 stars! // I actually quite enjoyed this read - it was entertaining, fun, cute, humorous, fast-paced, and the characters were really likable. It wasn't amazing (in my opinion), or a new favorite of mine or anything, but I liked it! Definitely worth the read, since it's also very, very short.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yaliterature
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
"I don't know how the world broke. And I don't know if there's a God who can help us fix it. But the fact that the world is broken--I absolutely believe that. Just look around us. Every minute--every single second--there are a million things you could be thinking about. A million things you could be worrying about.

Our world--don't you just feel we're becoming more and more fragmented? I used to think that when I get older, the world would make so much more sense. But you know what? The older I g
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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.
“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.” 1034 likes
“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.” 976 likes
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