Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel CohnNick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

byRachel Cohn, David Levithan

Paperback | August 28, 2007

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The New York Times bestselling he-said/she-said rock n’ roll romance that inspired the motion picture starring Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) and Kat Dennings (Thor, TV’s 2 Broke Girls)!

"I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?"

Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart. Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. They have nothing in common except for their taste in music, until a chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming a first date that could change both their lives.

Co-written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story that reminds you how you can never be sure where the night will take you…

From the Hardcover edition.
Rachel Cohn is the author of critically-acclaimed YA novels Shrimp, Pop Princess, Gingerbread, and middle-grade novel The Steps. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Manhattan. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is Rachel's first book for Knopf.David Levithan is a children's book editor in New York City. The autho...
Title:Nick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.56 × 0.44 inPublished:August 28, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375835334

ISBN - 13:9780375835339

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's just okay I had high hopes going into this book but the books seemed to fall short of them . The romance was cute and all of the references to different musical artists was great. Yet the number of times the characters said the F-word was a little ridiculous and got annoying pretty quickly.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quick read A good quick read. I watched the movie before reading the book and I still really enjoyed it. I felt like I was literally in NYC reading this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites The characters are flawless, the plot is exciting, and it's a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!! You need to read this book to fall in love with nick and Norah. These authors are a match made in heaven, And I recommend every book they have together. Read the book before you watch the movie!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant! This book is amazing. The plot, the characters, the events, the writing-everything. I fell in love with Nick and Norah, and felt like I was right there alongside them. The writing is fantastic, and the feelings and confusion they experience all fits with the characters. I love Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist, and everything-everything-about it. Just read this book. Seriously, all thats left to do is to go out and buy it and read it. Its freaking fantastic.
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F---ing Amazing This book is amazing and a relatively quick read. I read it in about 4 hours on a slow day at work. I loved the chemistry between the characters and the emotions that the book went through. Nervous to see how the movie measures up to it though...
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! This was a really quick read--just two hours or so--but a good one, too. I went into it pretty doubtful but it was fun, funny, and really cute! I probably won't watch the movie (judging from the trailer, they've changed a lot) but the book is worth a read. Pick it up from a library, or maybe if you see it on sale. The characters were all really well-developed, and funnily enough, I actually liked Tris quite a lot. And Norah--Norah was hilarious!--and Nick, too. Good read!
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! Fantastical rendition of two teens beginning something new in a chaotic world. The characters are completely believable and intelligent. This adventure of two people, one night, and a drunken best friend opens the world of teenage angst in a complete realistic fashion. It was like reliving everything I've felt from age ten to age twenty in 183 pages.
Date published: 2008-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book was recommended by a number of customers and friends and it was just delightful. The swearing was a bit gratuitous in my opinion, but understandable. A great he said she said story, about a night that I think everyone wishes they could experience.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done! I really liked this book! I thought it was just a wonderful example of not just teen love, but those awkward transitional moments between relationships, between what was and realizing that you're worth much more than that. A lot of cute musical references and modern teen verbiage, but it really doesn't dissuade the reader from the intensity of the two characters. It's fantastic to read it from both their view points... giving you the urge to smack them both and just say "Talk to each other!!" When the authors get to the point where Nick and Norah try to take that relationship to the next level, I was almost disappointed. I didn't want the story (the relationship?) to end on that note, thus sort of invalidating everything that had happened up to that point. It was handled so well, so comically, and in exactly the right direction, though, that I, as the reader, felt entirely vindicated.
Date published: 2008-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely for an Older teen I liked this book - a story of the one crazy night Nick and Norah meet in a club in New York City. A story of music and exes and screwed up relationships and attraction. It was a quick read and I want to read the author's next collaboration. I didn't like it as much as the Gingerbread series though. And it is definitely high school teenagers.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It. That's my two word review. My three word review: Read it now.
Date published: 2008-01-19

Read from the Book

1. NICKI find Dev at the bar, talking to a guy our age who looks familiar in that Type kind of way. When I get to where they’re standing, I’m introduced as “the bass god, Nick,” and he’s introduced as “Hunter from Hunter.” Dev thanks me for being equipment bitch, and from the way the conversation doesn’t continue from there I know I’m interrupting. If it was Thom, my agitation would probably be noticed. But Dev needs you to spell emotions out for him, and right now I’m not in the mood. So I just tell him where I left the stuff and pretend I’m going off to search for a clear spot on the bar to summon the bartender from. And once I’m pretending that’s the truth, I figure it might as well be the truth. I still can’t see Tris, and there’s a small part of me that’s wondering if it was even her in the crowd. Maybe it was someone who looked like Tris, which would explain the guy who didn’t look like anybody.Are You Randy? stop playing their instruments one by one, until the lead singer croons a final, a cappella note. I wish for their sake I could say the club falls into silence at this, but in truth the air is one-half conversation. Still, that’s better than average, and the band gets a lunge of applause and cheers. I clap, too, and notice that the girl next to me puts two fingers in her mouth to whistle old-fashioned style. The sound is clear and spirited, and makes me think of Little League. The girl is dressed in a flannel shirt, and I can’t tell whether that’s because she’s trying to bring back the only fashion style of the past fifty years that hasn’t been brought back or whether it’s because the shirt is as damn comfortable as it looks. She has very pale skin and a haircut that reads private school even though she’s messed it up to try to hide it. The next band opened for Le Tigre on their last tour, and I figure this girl’s here to see them. If I was a different kind of guy, I might try to strike up a friendly conversation, just to be friends. But I feel that if I talk to someone else right now, all I’ll be able to do is unload.Thom and Scot would probably be ready to go if I wanted them to, but I’m pretty sure Dev hasn’t figured out yet whether he’s coming back with us or not, and I’d be an asshole to put him on the spot and ask. So I’m stuck and I know it, and that’s when I look to my right and see Tris and her new guy approaching the beer-spilled bar to order another round of whatever I’m not having. It’s definitely her, and I’m definitely fucked, because the between-band rush is pressing toward me now and if I try to leave, I’ll have to push my way out, and if I have to push my way out, she’ll see me making an escape and she’ll know for sure that I can’t take it, and even if that’s the goddamn truth I don’t want her to have actual proof. She is looking so hot and I am feeling so cold and the guy she’s with has his hand on her arm in a way that a gay friend would never, ever think of, and I guess that’s my own proof. I am the old model and this is the new model and I could crash out a year’s worth of time on my bass and nothing, absolutely nothing, would change.She sees me. She can’t fake surprise at seeing me here, because of course she fucking 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?” 2. NORAHRandy from Are You Randy? insists the bassist from the queercore band is a ’mo, but I told him No, the guy is straight. Whether or not he’s responsible for his band’s shit lyrics (Fuck the Man / Fuck the Man—what’s that trite crap?), I have no idea, but he’s ‘no ’mo. Trust me. There are certain things a girl just knows, like that a fourth minute on a punk song is a bad, bad idea, or that no way does a Jersey-boy bassist with Astor Place hair who wears torn-up, bleach-stained black jeans and a faded black T-shirt with orange lettering that says When I say Jesus, you say Christ, swing down boy-boy alley; he’s working the ironic punk boy–Johnny Cash angle too hard to be a ’mo. Maybe he’s a little emo, I told Randy, but just because he doesn’t look like a Whitesnake-relic-reject like all of your band, does not automatically mean the guy’s gay.The incidental fact of his straightness doesn’t mean I want to be NoMo’s five-minute girlfriend, like I’m some 7-Eleven quick stop on his slut train. Only because I am the one loser here who hasn’t lost all her senses to beer, dope, or hormones do I have the sense to hold back my original instinct—to yell back “FUCK, NO!” in response to NoMo’s question.I have to think about Caroline. I always have to think about Caroline.I noticed NoMo loading equipment after his band’s set while his bandmates abandoned him to score some action. I understand that scene. I am that scene, cleaning up everyone else’s mess.NoMo dresses so bad—he has to be from Jersey. And if Jersey Boy is equipment bitch, he has a van. The van’s probably a piece of scrap metal with a leaking carburetor that as likely as not will pop a tire or run out of gas in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel, but it’s a risk I have to take. Somebody’s got to get Caroline home. She’s too drunk to risk taking her on the bus. She’s also so drunk she’ll go home with Randy if I’m not there to take her back to my house where she can sleep it off. Groupie bitch. If I didn’t love her so much, I’d kill her.From behind him I don't see Caroline but I do see that stupid bitch, Tris, rhymes with bris, cuz that's what she'll do to a guy, rip apart his piece. She's doing her Tris strut with her big boobs sticking out in front of her, wiggling her ass in that way that gets the instant attention of every dumb schmo in her wake, even the gay boys, who seem to be highly represented here tonight, NoMo notwithstanding. She's coming right toward me. No No NOOOOOOOOOOO. How did she find out Caroline and I would be here tonight? Does she have lookouts with text pagers set up every place Caroline and I go on a Saturday night, or what?Boyfriend to the rescue! 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.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Electric, sexy . . . and genuinely poignant, this is a compelling story of the risks and thrills of burgeoning intimacy." - The Bulletin, Starred