A Novel Idea [NOOK Book]

Overview

Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning...
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A Novel Idea

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Overview

Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be bookish, but there are also a few hotties! Most noteworthy: sweet, literary James. He's like a modern Jane Austen hero.... Only, how to snag him?

Ever the romantic heroine, Norah devises a secret plan. And if it works, Norah may just find her "Happily Ever After" love story. The End.
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Editorial Reviews

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This newest entry in the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies line is sure to please. After being told by her guidance counselor that she needs extracurricular activities for her college applications, Norah Bloom decides to start a book group with her friends, Audre and Scott. Audre has a crush on Griffin, an employee at The Book Nook where the group will meet; Scott has sworn off love as he has just broken up with his boyfriend; and Norah has as much luck with romance as she has had with extracurricular activities--so all three are able to give the group lots of their time. Norah, as the leader, is at once excited and nervous about her role. She does, after all, have a reputation of being quite the discerning reader and is now at risk of everyone discovering her "dirty" secret--she has a serious thing for cheesy romance novels. When she is surprisingly attracted to one of the boys in the group, she devises a plan using plots from the newest purchase for her romance addiction to attract his attention. Secret crushes, altered personalities, subtle humor, and one allusive author all add up to pure fun. Readers will enjoy the references to known books and authors throughout. A must have for libraries where this line is already popular or for those looking for a light-on-the-sex-talk fun romance for their collections. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 234p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
School Library Journal
Gr 7-11-When Norah's guidance counselor informs her that she needs more extracurriculars to strengthen her college r sum , she starts a book club at a local independent bookstore. Along with her two best friends, several interesting high school students from different backgrounds join the group, and Norah becomes attracted to James. From that point on, her focus is less on literature and more on how to grab his attention. Taking cues from her favorite romance writer, she sets up various scenarios that inevitably go awry. For example, she writes herself a love letter, planning to let it flutter down and land at James's feet during a party, letting him know that other boys are interested in her. Instead, the note lands near James's friend, who embarrasses her by reading it aloud. Ultimately, Norah discovers that James has read the same romance novel and has watched her plotting with rapt attention. He also shares her feelings. Norah's voice is quick-witted and strong and conveys the lack of confidence that many teens experience. The book's urban setting, in Brooklyn's Park Slope, comes through clearly, and Friedman's references to numerous popular-culture icons will grab the teen crowd's attention. Recommend this light read to fans of Janette Rallison's All's Fair in Love, War, and High School (Walker, 2003).-Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120583
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Romantic Comedies Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 455,886
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 243 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    Dissappointing

    I love a good romance and this book just did not have it! After 1 conversation at a party (which the reader is not a part of), Norah was in love!? All the reader mainly hears is Norah's saying "we talked, it was great, I'm in love". Seriously!??

    Then Norah tries to get the guy to like her by making him jealous. It wasn't even cute. Everything she did was just lie and decieve and make a big fool of herself. It was also annoying that her friends supported her ideas. I actually found myself hoping that she wouldn't get the guy!

    Normally, I can finish a good book in a day. This took me a week and the only reason I finished it is because I paid for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    What in the world ...

    The beginning was good, I was really getting into the story. But I don't get why Norah would take an idea right out of a book. And it was kind of cheesy how the guy of her dreams just happened to read romances and catch onto her plan. And when the two main characters finally got together, I was feeling like, 'What the heck ...' because it just happened out of nowhere. After all the good reviews I read about this book, I guess I was just a little disappointed. No, make that VERY disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Not such a Novel Idea

    Now I'm a sucker for a good romance novel, but this book was lacking something... romance! Norah and James didn't spen enough time together to fall in love, or even like for that matter. All we know is they share alot of interests, but just because you like the same book as someone doesn't mean they're your soul mate. The ending wasn't nearly romantic enough and when the two characters got together, I didn't feel like saying, 'You go girl, get your man!' It was just like, 'Um, okay.' This novel was sadly dissapointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    wonderful

    I really enjoyed this humorous look at romance novels first kisses and high school and keeping secrets worth the read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Cutest fluff read ever

    Thus book is just too adorable omg its perfect fir that dose of cute oh love it really out there in that classic but not cliche way that nivels nowadays either have to much of or not enough the sweetest read that i Totally relate to {^•^}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Amazing

    I love the book, couldn't put it down once i bought it. I loved how Norah referred to a book to get James. This is a good read for teens that love romance/comedy books.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    All Time Favorite!

    I have read almost all of the Ro-Com series books and this is my favorite! I love it because it is a romantic comedy book about romance and books! This book isn't one of the predictable books with a plot used in most romances. It is very original and you will end up falling in love with the characters, too! I give it a 11/10 and recomend it.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    By starting a book club, Norah hopes it'll help get into the college of her choice, that is, maybe it'll take some time after meeting the members and James.

    When Jane realizes that she has a crush on James, she decides to try to make him jealous with help from a romance book. Will it work or will it just create disaster? It seemed it went by quickly. These books are good, not that great but not bad. Perfect for reading either on a rainy day or in a day. Still, I recommend it if you like romantic comedy type books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Brilliant

    This book ia amazing its so funny and cute! I love how Norah tries so hard to get James!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    So SMART... wish I could make a book group!

    Most definitely something every boyfriendless girl wishes she could do! A Nocel Idea was an outstanding read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    The best!!!!

    This book is awsome 'cus it's hillarious and romantic. Norah is just the perfect character. I love this book so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    Page-Turner Much?!!!

    Fact: I¿m not that much into romance novels (okay so I¿ve read other Aimee Friedman¿s and been caught with the occasional Jane Austen), but I¿d be classified as a fantasy lover. Fact: I cannot stand cheesy girl-goes-to-all-lengths-to-get-the-guy novels. Yuck. Fact: I am not that interested in realistic fiction novels. Fact: A Novel Idea has all of these. Fact: It was all my parents could do to make me stop reading this book and come to dinner. I was hooked! From the first sentence (¿I¿m not a hopeless romantic.¿) To the last sentence (¿Because boys are boys, and books are books, and, in the end, it¿s best to have a little bit of both.¿) I could not put the book down. This book is all about 15-year-old Norah who starts a book club for an extracurricular so she can get into college. Little does she know that the book club will hold the secrets to love, war, jealousy, boys, and a whole lot of books. When a strange boy that shares Norah¿s love for literature joins the book club, Norah finds herself hopelessly falling for him. At her best friend¿s urging (¿Or tell him you like him. Anything! Be proactive, baby.¿ Page 92) Norah comes up with a scheme to get the guy- an exact replica of the plan the heroine in Norah¿s favorite romance novel, To Catch a Duke, uses to get her guy. It involves making her seem like the most wanted girl in town. But will it work? I loved the ending and how she follows her dreams and I would totally recommend it to any one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    Novel!

    Norah is just not my kind of person, I'm nothing like her, and frankly, I don't like people like her, who ar so shy that it controls their life. The storyline was good but, the main character just made me not enjoy the book very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book was outstanding, i couldnt put the book down, i loved the action and how she followed her dreams, it was amazing. if u havnt read this UR MISSING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Cheesy but heartwarming

    'I'm not a hopeless romantic' as said in the book but this book, although can be cheesy at some points, is another romantic comedy that keeps the page turning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    pretty juice-ay

    good books, easy read. not that difficult but interesting. love the end. soo cute! good break. have to admit, couldn't put it down. mmm... enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    very good book

    this was an outstanding book the best ive ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    REALLY GOOD!

    I really like this book cause there's love triangles, puzzles, humor, and a cheesy happily ever after everything a romantic comedy needs. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    A Great book for teens

    I thought this book was outstanding because it was realistic and understandable.It was excellent. it was wonderful I've read it 4 times. The book has great characters and a great love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    So-so romance

    Well the premise sounded standardly romantic and it did prove to be a good summer read... Though the characters often left you feeling something was lacking and the story seemed to stem from another book idea that caused the romance to shrivel up at points. Overall it was an ok novel but I would suggest borrowing not buying.

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