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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A must read

Naomi and Ely¿s No Kiss List, written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, details the friendship between Naomi and Ely. Two best friends from New York, who have been living across the hall from each other since they were kids. The novel pulls the reader in from the first...
Naomi and Ely¿s No Kiss List, written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, details the friendship between Naomi and Ely. Two best friends from New York, who have been living across the hall from each other since they were kids. The novel pulls the reader in from the first line, with Naomi saying, ¿I lie all the time.¿ She lies to everyone but Naomi says, ¿mostly, I lie to Ely.¿ This is because she is in love with. She dreams about where they will get married, their house they will live in, and their child. However, the only problem is Ely is gay. This causes problems for them. So in order to keep their friendship from falling apart, Naomi and Ely created the No Kiss List. The No Kiss List is the ¿insurance against a Naomi and Ely breakup.¿ However, when Ely kisses Naomi¿s boyfriend, Bruce the second, their friendship turns upside down. Ely is oblivious to Naomi¿s feelings for him however, thinking that kissing Bruce the second was the reason for their breakup. Although, the real reason is that Naomi finally realizes that her dreams of a romantic relationship with Ely will never come true, which leaves her devastated. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan message of the novel is that soul mates come in many form whether it be romantic or platonic. In addition, they prove that maybe ¿if you¿re lucky---and if you try really hard---there will always be more than one¿ soul mate.

The way David Levithan and Rachel Cohn wrote this novel is interesting because it is written from many different characters such as Naomi, Ely, Robin (male), Robin (female), Bruce the first, Bruce the second, and Kelly. Although many would think this is confusing, it really is not that hard to keep track of. This is because all the character sound so different from one another, and act differently. In addition, the writing style Cohn and Levithan use for each character is different as well. For example when the Naomi is speaking symbols are used sometimes instead of words. Also, I liked how the novel, even though it is written from many perspectives, all discuss Naomi and Ely¿s breakup. However, the authors also incorporate many subplots about the other characters lives and relationships.

I would recommend this novel to at least high school age students. This is because of the expletive language the authors use. However, once you get past the language you see the true beauty of the novel, which is the message of friendship, and accepting people for who they are. This is because it does not matter whether a person gay, straight, or just wears bad clothes, because a person is entitled to their own beliefs.

I really enjoyed this book because it showed that a person could have many soul mates. However, I did not like that the novel never pointed out that you should never lie to yourself about your own feelings, because keeping them hidden can create problems within yourself.

posted by 8114 on December 14, 2008

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Gays are horrible twisted people

No one should read this book. No one

posted by Anonymous on September 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Gays are horrible twisted people

    No one should read this book. No one

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Regretful buy

    The plotbline was very unclear . It alo kept foreshadowing and flashbacking at random times within the chapter. I also didnt like how the stry was being told in different characters point of view for every chapter. This is a great artist and im suprised that i dint enjoy this book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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