Book Reviews

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan



Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts.

When Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy, he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes.

Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees.

What follows is a sexy, funny, rollar coaster of a story of a first date over one very long night in New York.


Nick’s a guitar player in a punk band that is currently called The Fuck Off’s (their band name changes nearly everyday)
He’s nursing a broken heart and he sees Tris at the gig… with her brand new ‘boyfriend’.

Then there’s Norah. She’s trying to get over the evil ex and then Nick comes over to her and asks her to be his girlfriend for a while five minutes.

When Norah realises he’s the one who had his heart broken by Tris. She agrees and kisses him just as they are on their way over.

What happens after that… well… Norah needs a ride home for her drunk friend whose currently necking the front man of Are You Randy?

Nicks other band mates Dev and Thom, the gay ones of the group,  have their own things they want to do tonight. Dev’s hooked up with Hunter and Thom’s all set to go home with his boyfriend.

So Thom sets up an idea. Norah takes Nick out for the rest of the night, and they’ll take home her drunk friend Caroline.

Sounds like a plan. Til Norah sees her ex Tal. Who tells Nick “I hope you have better luck than I did”

With the pair now in Nick’s Yugo, Nick and Norah set off on an epic night out in New York.

Go to a bar to see men dressed up as Nuns?

Secret gig for their favourite punk band Where’s Fluffy?


Jump Nick in the bar then run away?

End up having food together once Nick finally tracks Norah down?

End up nearly giving Nick a blow job in the Marriot Hotel and get caught by an old couple?

Could seriously end up falling in love with each other?

This book.
Oh god I loved it from the beginning.
Nick and Norah are so alike its unbelievable.

They were such strong characters. And really really liked to swear alot. Especially Norah!

I just loved that in 24 hours these two people grew together, how they realised just how much they liked each other and how they could seriously end up falling for each other.

It was such a rollercoaster ride of a night. Even though Nick is, at the beginning, nursing a broken heart. Its Norah whose letting what happened still rule her life. With Tal and her best friend saying she’s “Frigid” (even though she lost her virginity to Tal) shes determined to show Nick that she’s not. But that doesn’t go to plan at her first attempt. So she runs away. Which seems to be her thing. But in order to get over Tal and the past, she has to let go, move forward.

Norah is such a sarcastic character and will say whats on her mind. I honestly loved her instantly. She’s different to other female book characters, which is why she was such a hit with me.

Then there’s Nick who I loved right away too. He was a different kind of book boy too.

They were both awkward characters and thats what made them likable. Especially when you can relate to the awkwardness at times.

The book was uplifting, taking you away from normal life and into this whirlwind of a 24 hour date between two people.

Go read it!

5 out of 5 stars


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