Monday, April 9, 2012

review : nick & norah's infinite playlist

only one word can describe this: SQUEEE!!!

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist // Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
YA Contemporary // Random House // 2006 // 183 pages

This short contemporary YA novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was pretty darn good. It felt so incredibly real - Nick and Norah were real people to me. Like I could fly back to New York right now and if I went to just the right nightclub I would find a dozen Nicks and Norahs. N&NIP is contemporary YA at its best. The writing was funny and lucid (both Rachel's and David's), the characterisation was extremely well done, and although I did see the movie first and loved it, the book is much, much better. For example, after reading the book I had extreme difficulty imagining Michael Cera as Nick. 

I found myself wishing I was friends with Nick and Norah. And have friends like the friends they have. I found myself wanting to be in the same room as them, the same club, or the same diner. Now, even weeks after experiencing this story I still feel like I'm merely two long flights and one taxi ride away from stalking them as they sit in a Ukrainian restaurant in East Village together at stupid o'clock in the morning. 

The musicality lit the story alive for me. Music is a big part of how I identify myself and people in general, and to form relationships over it is a spectacular thing. It's signing yourself up for songs that stick to memories that stick in your head and heart 'til you grow old and die. You can be deaf and play music in your head for eternity. You don't need a brain or even ears to hear it. Only a soul. 
This novel taps into that idea, at least it does for me, and for me it can't get much more beautiful than that. 


Sophie said...

Oh I really, I must read this. Right up my alley. I am kind of a music junkie and (clearly) love books, so wow. Match made in book heaven.
i haven't heard of either the book or the movie, both sound interesting (love Michael Cera) overall great review. Sold.

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Unknown said...

I've been dying to read this book for just about forever, or at least it seems like that. I started to watch the movie, but when my friend told me it was a book I turned it off because I didn't want to ruin the book...
Thanks for the great review! (:

Chey said...

Great review! I remember picking this book up on a whim just before the movie came out. Needless to say, I loved it and ended up loving the other books they've written together as well. :)