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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 first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be-and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you-ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

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Customer Reviews:

  • the best book ive ever read
    personally this book captured the true reality of being a teenager. from the cursing, so the temptation of the opposite sex. i thought this book was fascinating, and i never wanted to put it down. i loved how i got to see through both nick and norahs eyes. ive read it more than once scince ive bought it and i have recomended it to all of my friends, who also loved it....more info
  • Great read...

    I read this book because I hate seeing movies that are based on books without first reading the book.

    I liked it a lot. It was an easy read, it flowed well and I was interested enough to read it in one sitting. Some bits dragged, but overall, I would give it to friends to read....more info
  • Seamless. Just...seamless.
    This book is fantastic. It takes place over a remarkably short period of time, but I was emotionally exhausted (and satisfied) at the end. All of the feelings that come along with starting a new relationship (and whether or not to do so, and how to get past the last one) are encompassed in this book with nod-inducing honesty. I wanted to talk to Nick and Norah, to tell them, "I know exactly what you mean! I remember that feeling all too well!" I reveled in their successes, I cringed at their embarrassing mistakes, my heart fluttered at their flirting and dropped at their separations. It was wonderful to experience courtship all over again.

    I was terribly impressed with how well the two writers played off of one another's passages. Rachel and David created Norah and Nick as individuals, yet they managed to intertwine their characters smoothly and effortlessly. I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this book, more than I have in a long time.

    And the music! I'd almost forgotten. This book exudes an appreciation for music of all forms, live and recorded, spontaneous and oft-rehearsed, record deals and mix CDs, that was refreshing to a music-lover like myself. I have never read a better description of a live concert audience. Thanks to both authors for appealing to all of your readers' senses. Your work in this book was incredible! ...more info
  • Fun to relive first love
    I really liked getting to know Nick and Norah and watch as their relationship slowly began unfolding. Although the entire book takes place in just one evening, I didn't feel that the story was drawn out or boring. It was a fun reliving of those first few moments of "first love" -- that warm feeling that hits you like a sudden rain shower (in fact, the rain storm scene was one of my favorites). A quick, interesting read....more info
  • MUSIC and LOVE
    NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST is pretty much the best book ever!!!! Why you may ask? Well let me explain...

    Norah meets Nick at a club in downtown Manhattan and vise versa. Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes to get back at his ex who broke his heart. Five minutes turns into the whole night as they go around Manhattan together. I don't want to ruin the plot for you but the ending is really sweet...and the whole book is.

    David Levithan and Rachel Cohn really capture the essence of love and lust and all of the feelings in between.

    I recommend this book for anyone who has ever thought that love at first sight was impossible because this book makes me believe it aside from Romeo and Juliet of course......more info
  • Courtesy of Teens Read Too
    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 same types of things went on there that go on in New York.

    2) This book is full of cursing. Right! And if you haven't heard a lot of curse words (do I really need to spell them out?), especially from the mouths of teens, in the last twenty years or so, I'm guessing you live on a commune somewhere in the middle of Utah.

    3) This book only covers one night. Right again! And oh, what a night it is! One night, filled with all the ups, downs, and sideways that being a teen in todays world brings.

    Now that we've got that out of the way, we can concentrate on the story. It's about Nick, a bassist for a band with an ever-changing name, who recently had his heart broken by a b***h named Tris. It's about Norah, an uber-complicated girl with more issues than The National Enquirer, who not too long ago had her virginity broken by Tal. And then there's Caroline, and Jessie, and Uncle Lou, not to mention Dev and Thom, and Randy from Are You Randy?, and Hunter from Hunter. There's beer, and there's drugs, and there's sex, although none of it is Nick or Norah's.

    There's heartbreak, and devastation, and lust, and forgiveness, and acceptance. There's parents to deal with, and friends to attempt to deal with, and a boy and a girl who wish that, just once, they could be themselves and not deal at all. There's a love story, and a song about a girl on a street in the middle of the night, and a band that just might make it big, and a car that won't start, and a subway ride that requires jumping the turnstyle.

    There's love, and anger, and disappointment, and desperation, and redemption. There's life, and then there's Nick and Norah. There's a story here, and you need to read it.
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  • Recycled
    I have read both Gingerbread and Boy Meets Boy and completely enjoyed them both tremendously. I had a hard time enjoying this book. First, the character of Norah is insecure to the point of being annoying. Second, Nick's character was not fully developed and I felt little attachment to him as a reader. Third, some of the minor characters were complete cliches--the party hard cute gay boy, the promiscuous friend etc...Also, the ending (I will not spoil it for people who wish to read the book) is completely a cheat. Not because of the end, but how cunning Nick's acts towards Norah. You don't want or believe that these two belong together....more info
  • Awesome concept!!
    I read this book in two days because I wanted to watch the movie, which my husband had rented. I had been wanting to read this book for awhile. i thought the concept of two YA writers taking turns writing each chapter was very interesting. I had never read either of their writing before and really liked both Levithan and Cohn's writing a lot.
    Basically, the whole book is one night. It's the night that Nick and Norah meet after Nick's band plays in a bar. Nick is still missing his Ex, Tris, who is just a total jerk, but it takes him a while to learn this. She is at the show too, and together Nick and Norah make her jealous of him moving on away from her, despite the fact he had still been making her mix c.d.s'(which Norah has heard every one of and loves them!)
    They end up having a whirlwind night together that involves their ex's, lots of kissing, and lots of talk of their musical tastes, which are very similar. It sort of brings them together, seeing as they are out seeing bands and are on a rampage to see a band called 'where's fluffy?'
    Like every other book turned movie, I liked the book better. It was an easy read and I liked the characters of Nick and Norah, they seemed very down to earth in a crazy world. ...more info
  • Already my favorite YA novel of 2006
    Rich in NYC atmosphere, luscious kissing, and a spot-on sense of how it feels to be _in_ the music, two smart and vulnerable teens find and reach each other over a single long night....more info
    NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST has such a pounding and infectious beat that it's as if a mp3-saturated microchip were implanted in the book. From the instant you crack open the cover, screams of loud, moaning guitar come slicing through your synapses, to be followed immediately by a vocalist's machine-gun rapid rant caressing your face. And then, when you succeed in getting your eyes back into focus for a moment, you realize you're hovering slightly above a tightly packed, pulsing crowd and that something's compelling you to focus on the goings-on taking place in one little corner of the evening's virtual insanity.

    There they are: Two young, complete strangers who in the same moment of desperation and fortuitous fate are attempting to avoid the very same person and are about to send their parallel universes irretrievably crashing into each other.

    "All the tables have been shoved aside now.
    "Fuse: lit.
    "Fuse: burning.

    And, so, the evening -- and the story -- begins.


    "She sees me. She can't fake surprise at seeing me here, because of course she f---ing knew I'd be here. So she does a little smile thing and whispers something to the new model and I can tell just from her expression that after they get their now-being-poured drinks they are going to come over and say hello and good show and--could she be so stupid and cruel?--how are you doing? And I can't stand the thought of it. I see it all unfolding and I know I have to do something--anything--to stop it.
    "So I, this random bassist in an average queercore band, turn to this girl in flannel who I don't even know and say:
    " 'I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?' "


    "I answer NoMo's question by putting my hand around his neck and pulling his face down to mine. God, I would do anything to avoid Tris recognizing me and trying to talk to me."

    "I've just seen a face I can't forget the time or place where we just met
    She's just the girl for me and I want all the world to see we've met
    Mm mm mm mm mm mm
    Had it been another day I might have looked the other way
    And I'd have never been aware, but as it is I'll dream of her tonight
    La la la la la la."
    --Lennon and McCartney, "I've Just Seen A Face"

    If it weren't for what she so erroneously spews about how the Beatles are completely overrated, Norah Silverberg would easily be contending for my favorite female character for 2006. And after reading and rereading NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, Norah Silverberg has become such a part of my reality that I'm illogically wishing she actually reads this so that I can bring her down a notch by snapping back about how overrated SHE is.

    "I extract my wrist from his grip. But for some reason, instead of walking away, I pause for a moment and return my hand to his face, caressing his cheek, drawing light circles on his jaw with my index finger.
    "I tell him, 'You poor schmuck.' "

    The fact is that I'd been aware for quite a while that these two YA authors whom I've long adored individually had been collaborating on a project together, but only in my dreams could I have imagined that the fruits of that shared labor would morph into the unforgettable evening-long, sensual, thrillingly adventurous, utterly charming and sweet, head-bangingly lyrical story that has our students passing a precious advance copy from one to another to another and begging us to organize a trip down to the City when the David and Rachel tour passes through SF in June.

    Tune into NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, or be way sorry you missed it.

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  • A crazy ride of a novel

    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 City. Nick is "the nonqueer bassist in a queercore band who is filling the room with undertone" as his band tears through their set. His life is seeming pretty great when Tris, The Ex, walks into the club. That's where Norah comes in.

    Norah is "the daughter of an Englewood Cliffs-livin', fat-cat record company CEO" who happens to be in the right place at the exact time that Nick really needs a five-minute girlfriend. That also happens to be right when Norah needs to get a ride for her friend.

    So it all kind of works out. It also sets the stage for the novel: a first date that makes it through the club scene in New York, a date where everything goes wrong (or maybe it goes right), a date that goes on and on-in a good way, mostly.

    In other words, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" is a fast story. Events jump around and the prose moves just as quickly. Cohn and Levithan keep up this speed with their narratives (Nick and Norah get alternating chapters) which have the verve appropriate to a hip, teen novel.

    Because this book really is firmly grounded in the Young Adult genre. Older readers who have an interest in music (or the upcoming movie) might be interested but the novel is very centered on teen concerns and interests. None of which is a bad thing since this is a YA novel.

    The narrative here is really tight. Cohn and Levithan do a great job keeping the story coherent as they alternate chapters without getting redundant. I really like the style here. The duel narratives overlap enough that readers get to see key events from Nick and Norah's point of view. This technique helps to give a fuller version of the story as well as humorously showing how differently two people can see the exact same thing.

    My only qualm with the novel is the language. There is a lot of cursing. That doesn't bother me ideologically, but it does start to seem over the top. About two thirds into the novel I started to wonder if anyone could really curse that much in day-to-day conversation (Norah is a self-proclaimed "potty mouth" to be fair), but maybe I just hung out with a different kind of set when I was younger.

    "Nick and Norah's Playlist" is a crazy ride of a novel. It has music, borscht, romance, and some great dialogue. Readers familiar with Levithan's other novels ("Boy Meets Boy" to name one) will recognize his frank writing style here. I haven't read any of Cohn's other novels ("Gingerbread" to name one) but she's definitely on my watch list now.
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  • cute
    This is a sweet book told in alternating chapters from Nick and Norah's points of view. Both are realing from recent heartache and meet by accident at a punk concert. Nick and Norah end up spending a crazy night together dating/not-dating, running/not-running and there is a great view of the life of an older teen in the city.
    The best elements in this book are the musical references and the dialog. I actually went around looking up bands while I was reading this and found a new one that I love.
    Fast read, good romantic comedy and great music!...more info
  • Fun Although the Language Suffers Slightly
    The Young Adult genre is a fascinating one. In one respect, while it is aimed at younger audiences, some tackle some pretty mature issues. On the other hand, there are some books that rather than tell a story, you get the feeling the authors are trying too hard to understand the youth, or trying too hard to be cool. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist falls somewhere in that category. The story itself is good, but like so many other Young Adult Novels out there, it has a tendency to get so caught up in trying to "relate" that a lot of it comes off as being more juvenile than it should, and the characters come off as being a bit more unbelievable.

    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist centers on the title characters. Nick is the straight bassist in a Queercore band, and he's just gotten out of a relationship with a girl named Triss and as luck would have it, she happens to be at one of the bands shows. In an attempt to show he's moving on with his love life (even though he hasn't) he finds a random girl to pretend to be his girlfriend for at least five minutes. That girl turns out to be Norah and unfortunately for Nick... she knows Triss. It also turns out that Norah has her own problems from an ex-boyfriend of her own. The two then end up spending the entire night together in New York City, getting to know one another and learning how to move on from past experiences.

    The book has a lot of good themes and things to say about love that is lost and love that is found. Unfortunately some of its prose and character interactions aren't fantastic. It's a crafty novel with a good story going behind it. For the most part Nick and Norah and the people they associate with are good characters. You'll really come to like and admire them. It's also interesting that the story is told from both of the main characters point of view. You'll get to know what Nick is thinking as well as what Norah is thinking. It helps to develop both characters even more.

    If anything Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist only suffers from simply having a little too much internal dialog. It can move the story along, but for the most part there are times when the internal thoughts of Nick and Norah can drag on for long stretches at a time. Some even go off on tangents that don't add much to the story or the character development. There are some funny moments, but for the most part it's almost as though the authors are trying harder than they need to to "be cool." It makes the story a little less enjoyable at certain moments.

    Another issue with the book to a slightly smaller degree is the language of these internal thoughts and the dialog in general. We all know that teenagers swear a lot, but in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist there's quite a bit here. It wouldn't be quite as bad if it came off as natural and believable. But much of it doesn't. A lot of it comes off almost like young middle school students

    The language might take away from the story in some spots, but it doesn't stop the story from being enjoyable overall. You'll more than likely settle into the language overall and enjoy the story, but it's hard to sit back and tolerate it all when it doesn't make sense at certain spots. ...more info
  • Wonderfully written and fun to read
    We anchor memories to music without even trying. Certain songs propel us out of the current moment to another time and place; sometimes for good, sometimes...not-so-good. But it's rare when we're conscious enough to pay attention and see each moment as a note, each event as a song, each connection with another person as a soundtrack. And if we're lucky, something --- or someone --- forces us to tune in and know when it's time to jam along with where the music is taking us.

    In NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan introduce us to Nick O'Leary and Norah Silverberg, two teens whose lives revolve around music to such an extent that it becomes the compass that guides their direction. Nick, the straight bass player in a self-described queercore band, spots his most recent ex-girlfriend with a new guy and, in an effort to make her jealous, asks the first girl he sees to pretend to be with him for five minutes. Enter Norah, the straight-laced, ambiguously neurotic daughter of a music industry executive who is only too happy to join the charade (she knows Nick's ex and relishes the thought of her reaction when the ex sees Norah kissing Nick).

    This simple "five-minute date" serves as the springboard that takes the couple around New York City on an intense Saturday all-nighter filled with exes, secret concerts, shared favorites, borscht, and an overriding (if also elusive) sense that Nick and Norah might actually be able to defy the odds and make a meaningful connection. The story hits all the right notes in capturing the first date experience --- the awkwardness of not wanting to come on too strong, the sense of urgency when perfect moments sync up and your conversation is a natural extension of your personality rather than a fusillade of "errrs" and "umms." There is discomfort in this recognition; there is also sympathy and relief in knowing that we are never weirder than anyone else.

    The book is told from Nick's and Norah's alternating points of views (Levithan writing Nick's chapters, Cohn writing Norah's) in a way that allows for each to become a fully realized character while meshing seamlessly into a strong narrative. Each writer is at the top of their game, showcasing the writing hallmarks that have earned each praise in their individual careers. Levithan imbues Nick with introspection and optimism while Cohn crafts a Norah who juggles self-doubt and unyielding confidence with a precision rarely seen outside the circus. Just as Nick and Norah fall into a conversational rhythm that suggests they've known each other for years, Cohn and Levithan's natural propinquity shines through to make for an engrossing read. If the book has any shortcomings, it comes from what might be perceived as a lengthy denouement. But by that point, you're happily along for the ride and dying to see what comes of their on/off/whatever attraction to one another.

    NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST lays down a beat that drives you from cover to cover and invites you to pay attention to the soundtrack that envelops your own life: it's the best way to tell who's there to sing back-up and who's up for a duet.

    --- Reviewed by Brian Farrey ( info
  • Lovin' the Playlist
    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, I just finished reading it not too long ago. David Levithan is one of my favorite authors and he does very good on this book too! I'm a first timer for Rachel Cohn but I loved her style of writing as well.
    The book starts out with Nick. He is on this stage playing in some queercore rock band. Everything is going great. The beat moves through him, everyone is cheering and dancing, and then.....he sees his ex girlfriend, the one that 6 weeks earlier broke his heart, stepped on it, and then ran over it with a car. The only thing that can throw him off more..although he doesn't see him right away, there is a guy with her. She is SUCH a female dog at times.
    Nora is on the sidelines watching her best friend hang out with random guy #500000 and out of nowhere this boy (Nick) asks her to be is girlfriend for 10 minutes. She kisses him.
    I know...HOTT! Lol, the story goes on from there. Nick and Nora have one night that seems to change who they are forever. That's the book....their first night together. They go through all kinds of jumps and hurdles. From drag queens to arguing to hotels. This story goes in every direction and I love it. I don't see how anyone wouldn't. It's definetly a MUST READ for anyone that is looking for a good book that will keep you guessing through every chapter....more info
  • A Book for Everyone Who Has Ever Fallen in Love
    This book is great! Yes, it's set in the late night music/club scene in New York. But that's not what it's about. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is about what it feels like to meet that special someone, and be interested right away, while having doubts, and baggage, and difficulties that get in the way. All compressed into a zany time period of one very long night. It reminded me a little bit of the movie Dazed and Confused, and I can totally see it working as a movie.

    Through the alternating chapters, we explore this falling in love from both sides. We see each person's doubts, and how the other is perceiving him or her at the same time. It's a bit confusing sometimes - I had to stop and think "who's talking now?", because both narratives are written in the first person. But mostly it works.

    I wouldn't recommend this title for younger kids, or for people who are easily offended by profanity or sex. The "f" word features very prominently, and there are some pretty overt (though not not unduly graphic) sexual references. And yet, if you can get past that, the two main characters are actually quite straight-laced. They don't drink, they don't do drugs, and they both want stable, monogamous relationships. I think that the language is the authors' way of keeping Nick and Norah, especially Nick, from being too good to be true.

    There's poetry in some of the text, too. And not just when Nick or Norah is thinking about song lyrics. Here is an early throwaway line describing Nick shifting gears from performer to person taking down band equipment: "I go from chords to cords, amped to amps." And here's Norah, musing on her own upbringing:

    "My parents have also done me the misfortune of being happily married for a quarter century, which no doubt dooms my own prospects of ever experiencing true love. Gold is not struck twice."

    I love that. "Gold is not struck twice." There's also David's description of moving through the crowd at a club, holding Norah's hand:

    "The crowd is pressing in on us and the bassline is revealing everything and we are two people who are part of a lot more people, and at the same time we're our own part. There isn't loneliness, only this intense twoliness."

    I love that, too. "Twoliness." The language aside, what makes this book special is the way that the authors are able to capture those feelings and insecurities that teenagers have when they first fall for each other, especially the feeling of euphoria. I could cite dozens of examples. But I'll limit myself to three:

    "Nick stands up and offers me his hand. I have no idea what he wants, but what the hell, I take his hand anyway, and he pulls me up on my feet, then presses against me for a slow dance and it's like we're in a dream where he's Christopher Plummer and I'm Julie Andrews and we're dancing on the marble floor of an Austrian terrace garden. (Norah, page 55)"

    "If Caroline was here, she'd give me her Patience, Grasshopper speech. But she's not, and I am left to wonder on my own: How does this work, the getting to know a new guy without revealing too much desperation for his undivided attention? (Norah, page 68)"

    "No--when the rain falls you just let it fall and you grin like a madman and you dance with it, because if you can make yourself happy in the rain then you're doing pretty alright in life. (Nick, page 156)"

    While most aren't as fully fleshed out as Nick and Norah, several of the other characters are intriguing. Tris, Nick's painfully recent ex-girlfriend, turns out to be more multi-dimensional than she seems at first. Norah's dad is a high-powered record executive, but also reveals himself to be a caring father and loving husband. There's also a cross-dressing Playboy bunny/bouncer and a gay playboy band member who each offer words of wisdom to Nick. One thing that I really like about this book is the way that the sexuality of the gay and cross-dressing characters is treated completely matter-of-factly by both Nick and Norah.

    So, here's what I have to say about Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. It doesn't matter if you're not into music, or you aren't interested in the New York club scene. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, gay or straight. If you've ever met someone and been interested in them from the first glance, or if you've ever wondered what it would be like to meet someone and click right away, you should read this book. It's a perfect read for young adults. And for the censors who might fear that the language in the book will be a bad influence on kids, I say, "they have heard these words before." And maybe the straight-laced, non-drinking Nick and Norah, high on meeting each other, will have a positive influence instead.

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  • Good Concept, Weak Execution
    Though I'm long removed from being a teenager, I nonetheless like to read fiction about teenagers from time to time, in a probably misguided attempt to keep an aging finger on the pulse of today's kids. I picked this one up largely on the recommendation of a coworker, as well as the quasi-punk rock setting. Conceptually, the book is a winner, unfortunately it stumbles wildly in the execution, making it hard to recommend as a worthwhile read. Set in Manhattan, the story follows two teenagers for one wild and crazy night in which they meet, struggle to connect, and ultimately seem to fall in love.

    The story is narrated in alternating chapters by the titular protagonists, each of whom was ostensibly written by one of the book's coauthors. This is a neat gimmick (if not a groundbreaking one) that helps to maintain a sense of narrative momentum. Any time I was near getting bored with Norah, Nick would take over and provide a fresh perspective for a while (and vice versa). However, a flaw in the execution of this is that Nick and Norah sound awfully similar to each other. Their narrative voices are just too similar: witty, wisecracking, profanity-laden hipster teenspeak, overlaid with a heavy dose of female insecurity for Norah and male cluelessness for Nick. These latter characteristics are a another problem in execution -- Nick and Norah, for all their banter and underground scene cred, are very generic teen characters, and not particularly interesting.

    That said, their struggle to connect is well told and felt real. After a moment of chance and impetuousness throws them together, they both spend the rest of the night struggling to shake off the albatross of their recent failed relationships. I especially like how Nick's misconception of his relationship with his ex has led him down a dead-end emotional path that in the end, only the ex herself can explain. Similarly, Norah's relationship with an older guy will strike a chord with any guy who's ever been baffled with why a cool girl would be together with a complete tool. Unfortunately, these sparkling moments are often overshadowed by the book's many other problems.

    Notable among these is the ridiculous prevalence of cursing throughout the book. Now, I curse like a sailor, and always have -- but the level of cursing here just felt overdone (not unlike a Kevin Smith movie). Nick and Norah are supposed to be smart, witty kids, and in my experience teens like that have generally evolved out of that kind of unreflective language. Some level of profanity would be realistic, but the deluge here just calls too much attention to itself. Similarly, the girls call each other "b****" constantly, which felt more junior high circa 1986 than anything else. The whole punk setting felt far more cute and adorable than authentic (speaking as someone who grew up in that world). Other things don't make sense, such as Norah's insecurity that Nick is only interested in her because her father is a big time music producer. In what world do bassists in queercore bands give two cents about getting a connection to some mainstream music dude? She would know that, and thus her fear comes across as a poorly conceived plot device.

    By the latter stages of the book I was reduced to waiting for the standard teen movie finale -- the girl must overcome her insecurity, the guy his cluelessness, and they can drive off into the sunrise together. And that's pretty much what happens, so for all the pretensions to alt culture indie cred, the story winds up being pretty formulaic....more info