2010: 74. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

"The day begins in the middle of the night."

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn

       Here’s our old pal David Leviathan, again co-authoring a book, and here am I again liking his stuff well enough, but preferring the chapters written by his co-author.  Maybe I should accept that he’s just not for me? That’s a little unfair - I liked his portions of both books well enough, I just, in both cases liked his coauthor better, and I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up if I hadn’t seen and enjoyed the film that was made of the book.  The premise is simple - two teenagers meet up and spend a crazy night together, and fall in love.  Leviathan writes the chapters from the boy’s perspective and Cohn from the girl’s.  The book is all about their emotions as they ride out the crazy night together.

       It’s a great young adult book, because it perfectly captures the crazy shifting emotions of young love and being a teenager and figuring out your life, so that while, as a 32 year old mother of two I might find the characters a bit exasperating, I appreciate that a 16 year old would feel every word to be the truth.  My only quibble is that the movie was more a funny comic (if heartfelt romp), and this is more an emotional journey - and, as the aforementioned 32 year old, I’m more in the mood for the sweet comedy than the emo drama.  I don’t usually prefer the movie to the book - but maybe I’d have felt differently if I’d read the book first - or been a 16 year old when I read it.

Categories:  Fiction, YA, Library Book

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