Book Reviews

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan



Naomi ♥ Ely
And she’s kinda in love with him.

Ely ♥ Naomi
But he prefers to be in love with boys.

Naomi and Ely have been friends forever. Best friends. Soul mates. And just to be sure, they’ve created a NO KISS LIST – their list of people who are absolutely off-kissing-limits for both of them.

And this works fine – until Bruce.

Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But then Ely kisses Bruce – and the resulting fallout is going to shake up the world!

This book!

Naomi and Ely… BFF’s since forever. They love each other except Naomi is more In love with Ely than he is with her.
Then there’s Bruce. Naomi’s boyfriend, who one night while waiting for her, he goes into Ely’s apartment to wait for her. Except things don’t go as they both thought and Ely kisses Bruce.

Ely of course tells Naomi who thinks he’s being his usual self and just responds with “whatever”

Bruce has to decide who he wants to be with and ends up choosing Ely!
Who puts Bruce in his closet because Naomi is banging on the front door ready to go out and Ely doesn’t want her to get hurt.

But Naomi does find out.

And suddenly its the end of Ely and Naomi.

Its worse than a breakup because this… this is like losing a part of their souls. But Naomi can’t forgive Ely. And Ely is angry at Naomi for not talking to him, so he flaunts his relationship with Bruce.

But without each other, the are lost.

But who is going to make the first move? And will things be the same again if they do become friends again?

I could understand and sympathise with both Ely and Naomi in this book.

Naomi: yes she knows Ely is gay but shes in love with him. She’s waiting for him to be her first and for him to realise that he’s not actually gay, it was just a phase and they’ll be married with a house and kids and live happily ever after.

Ely: he loves Naomi but he likes boys. Loves boys really and he does like Bruce so he kisses him. Not realising the implications. He wants Naomi in his life but only as a friend and he cant see that he’s hurting her by the way he acts (they’ve had drunken kisses, they kissed when they were younger and he showed her his when she showed him hers) but that doesn’t mean anything. Because he’s gay and doesn’t want Naomi like that.

Then the fall out…

I can see why Naomi initiated the fallout. The boy she loves is in love… but not with her and it hurts. So whats easier than stopping all interaction together? Plus Bruce was her boyfriend first. All of her trust in Ely has gone.

Its easier for Ely not to talk to Naomi because that means he can get to know Bruce better. And anyway she’ll snap out of it and talk to him once she’s over it but the longer it goes on, the longer he gives up hope. So he gets on with his life.

The giving the stuff back scene was heart tugging.  He kept the stuff that meant everything to him and gave her back the meaningless stuff; her tampons etc. And Naomi keeps all the important things too. But Ely crying and pleading with Naomi was heartbreaking 😥

Without each other they mess things up. And the people In the middle are stuck in the conflict.
Naomi wants to move on from Ely with the hot doorman in their building Gabriel but she’s locked her heart up.

I felt for the both of them. I understood Naomi and I understood Ely and I just wanted the friendship back together! They were both hurting and miserable and it took a revelation from Naomi to fix it.

But even though it ended okay there are things I need to know:

1. What hapoened with her and Gabriel??

2. Did they sell the apartment?

3. Did Naomi and her mom move? If so where to?

4. Even though their friendship was fixed, did they get back to being them again? Or did they stay in touch and realise that it was better that way??


These bittersweet endings… DAMN YOU!

The only thing that made me give this book a 4/5 was the different POV’s. I think the POV’s of just Naomi, Ely and Bruce would have been better instead of having them mixed In with others.

Overall though I loved it 🙂


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