Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375835339
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 102,511
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 author lives in NYC; Hoboken, NJ.

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I 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?”

Randy 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.

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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 361 reviews.
TeenReaderIL More than 1 year ago
I read the book about three months before the movie came out. I laughed, cried and everything in between. Trust me this book has a little bit of everything. After Nick gets off stage he spots his ex-girlfriend, desperate to look like everything is cool he asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. Norah says okay just to make his ex (her enemy) jealous. Five minutes leads anywhere from a drunk best friend to stealing a named jacket.
This book is very...realistic in a way because something like that could very well happen in real life but at the same time it isnt something that you see every day. This book portrays a teenager's mind in the works. I dont expect the movie to be half as good.Please rate this review, Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Authors, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, contribute very profound and interesting ideas that invite the reader to question not only their life, but the life of those they affect. I loved how this book made me think of my own personal life in a way that I had never thought of before. But as I felt myself being absorbed into the book, with each profound word and sexual comment I withdrew from the book a little more. I felt that both the obscene words and sexual situations did nothing to add to the sheer brilliance of the book. If anything, they took away from the overall message and credibility.
This book is an amazing love story between two teenagers who come to meet together at a concert by accident. Through one night, they find themselves slipping into each other as their love grows.
But, at an age of 15, even I felt myself uncomfortable from some of the situations in the book. They were completely unnecessary in developing the overall message of this book.
However, well written, I encourage other teenagers to read this book, but be cautious as you read it in the company of your family and be cautious with who you share it with.
Age 16 and Up.
TRodriguez611 More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book weave you around the the beautiful city of New York City, but it also describes the story of two music soul mates that finally meet. The book easily relates to teenagers, especially who love eclectic music. The back and forth chapter of narration from Nick and Norah's perspective, shows the insecurities and doubts when your starting a relationship. I loved this book and truly would recommend it to all and everyone.
according-to-vic More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for teenagers to read. It is very different than what you normally see in books. There are parts that dragged on a bit, but it was not so bad that it was a huge bother. My favorite thing about the book is that you get both sides of the story. I love that it jumps back and forth between Nick's and Norah's points of view. If you have already seen the movie please do not base this book on some expectatioj you may have gotten from the movie. The book is much better and the movie was actually somewhat disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors' writing styles are completely on point. They made the book so realistic and loveable, i couldn't put it down. The storyline and writing is so original and refreshing, and i found so many connections between norah's character and myself. The peek into the innerworkings of nick and norah's teenage minds is very real, and i found myself reading this over and over again. This has quickly become one of my alltime favorite reads, and i highly recomment it. A full five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in 1 day. I didn't quite understand it since I rushed through it so I decided to read it again. When I read it again, I also finished it within a day and I understood it more. I love the book. I really do. The ending, however, seemed to be rushed. I understand that it had to end somehow but you could tell the ending was rushed. The ending was terrible but everything else was pretty good. I really liked how it was written in Nick and Norah's point of view so the readers would know each character's point of view without the book being written in third person. Again, good story but bad ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. I originally read this book after loving the film, and the book is even better. The story is well-paced and effectively captures the feelings of the given moment. The back-and-forth writing style of Cohn and Levithan adds a level of depth and uniqueness to both Nick & Norah. I absolute reccomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how it was hopelessly romantic in a cute way but not too cheesey. It was sorta akward being in thougghts like that watching the movie you cant hear the thougghts. So it was better than the movie.
mkmtt More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie...and disliked it. I saw the book and was like the book is probably better than the movie. But jeez the book was sort of funny...but to me it was just way too unrealistic, and too much happens to fast. But maybe thats the point? Idk.. good luck maybe you will actually enjoy it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo amazing. It was a little short but it was funny and the characters are so loveable. It isn't like most books written for teenagers, you could actually see this happening to someone even though it might be a little over the top.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is Amazing!!!!When i read it i could not put it down!!!!I literally brought it everywhere!!!I Love every single thing about this book!!It was the second cohn book i have read!!Everything in this book is so unexpected!!!I didnt want it to end!!!I cant wait to see the movie!!!!If you havent read this...GO GET IT!!!!ITS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely fell in love with this book. it gave me a feel of reality. the whole story was like an incredible song that you can't stop listening to. yes, it may have some vulgar words, but thats just your average teenager. i think its great how it is written in both the girl & the guy perspective. it relates to both guys and girls. although, i wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone other than teenagers. unless you're like, a nosy parent who whats to know what goes through your teen's mind, then go for it.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I've wanted to read Nick & Norah for quite awhile now. Pretty much since I found out it was going to be a movie...which since the movie came out in 2008 means it's been on my TBR list for a long time. I'm one of those who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, so I have yet to see the film adaptation. I enjoyed the book, it took me a bit to really get into it, but once I did I was hooked. I like the way the romance is coming fast, but also slow. I think it's interesting that they were both trying to get over someone who wasn't good for them and how letting themselves open up to the chance of another relationship was something that they were both hesitant about. I also like the alternate POV style of writing so we can see what's going on in each of their heads at pivotal moments in the story. There is a lot of cussing and some inappropriate behavior in this book for teens under 16 or so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great movie - because movies are in three dimensions. But movies don't get inside and let you hear every word of thoughts & feelings. So yeah, love the book too. Couldn't stop till had read the whole thing. Don't let them tell you love is for grown ups. It isn't. It's for when you're young. You'll never have those same intensity of feelings, and you won't get ever transformed as when you find your soulmate. There may be more than one out there for you. But you can only really have one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this a few years ago and I reread it again this week and I love it even more
Angelina_S More than 1 year ago
All about a night shared in New York City between two teenagers, Nick and Norah, this book tells an awesome story of finding your musical soul mate and accidentally falling in love. Every chapter is a different hour, minute and second of this seemingly never-ending night and getting inside both main characters heads makes you really understand and see firsthand how asking the stranger next to you to do you a huge favor can be one of the best choices of your life. The night starts when Nick sees his ex girlfriend walk into a club with a new guy. Trying not to seem horribly alone and wallowing in despair after what said ex girlfriend did to him, he turns to this cute stranger next to him, Norah, and asks her to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Norah, also knowing this ex but not exactly knowing Nick, agrees and pulls Nick in for a kiss instead of giving him a real answer. This one moment starts their night long adventure, filled with moments teenagers of the indie rock scene can relate to and a love story most people could only dream of. Nick and Norah explore all of New York City sharing music interests, going to secret performances of their favorite band Where’s Fluffy? And falling in love with each other as the night goes on. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan did such a good job writing this book, and honestly I couldn’t put it down. Following Nick and Norah through their adventures was like rooting for your favorite couple on a reality TV show, and when a chapter ended, I found myself immediately going into the next one, eager to know more about this incredibly perfect love story. This book is almost nothing like other teenage love stories I’ve read and if I could fall in love in one night with a boy in some band playing in New York City, I’d want it to be exactly like this. Perfect for kids aged 14-18, the realistic and loveable storytelling of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan makes Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist a must read for anyone into underground bands, the night life of being a part of a secret music scene, and a love story most people wish was theirs.  
CCarstens More than 1 year ago
In the book "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, one of the main characters is Nick. Nick is in a band  and isn't that shy, at all. The other main character is Norah, she is a little shy and not that anti-social. The story mostly takes place in a club where all the high school kids hang out. Norah wasn't so happy to be there, because she had to take care of her friend who is always hung over. While Nick was playing his guitar up on stage with his band he saw the girl who dumped him walk in. With a new guy! What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes? That girl, was Norah. Norah didn't like his ex-girlfriend. When she turned around to see Nick and his new girlfriend, they kissed. With that one unexpected kiss, the five minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the "first date". After his ex-girlfriend left Nick and Norah went outside to his car. Nick had to give her a ride home, since she said yes to the five minute girlfriend thing. Nick's car wouldn't start, but luckily his bands van was there. The boys were happy to give the van to Nick, since they knew what was going on. Nick and Norah were more than just a five minute couple. They were endless. I liked this book because it would go from Nick's mind to Norah's mind. In my opinion, I like when it does that so I know what both characters are thinking, and I know whose talking the whole time. I would recommend this book to others if they like first person persona because of how the chapters go. Also, if you really like romance novels I would recommend this book because it goes through and endless night of falling in and out of love. Nick and Norah share the kind of night you want to never end.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I very vaguely remember watching the movie that’s based on this book five or six years ago. I think that I liked it, but I really can’t be too sure. My total inability to remember whether or not I enjoyed the movie was what prompted me to add this book to my to-read list whenever I came across it on Goodreads. This book felt so mediocre to me. The story was fine enough, but nothing about the book stood out for me. It was just okay. Maybe I’m strange, but I generally prefer to have stronger feelings towards a book, whether they are good or bad. Feeling so indifferent is weird. It certainly didn’t feel me with the urge to rewatch the movie, so I’m thinking that’s more negative than positive. While the book is pretty short (~180 pages), it felt so boring at times. When it comes to reading something so short, I would expect everything to be vital to the story. It didn’t feel like that here. I feel like I could have skimmed the book and walked away with the same impact a full read through gave me. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Jayvee_27Misfit More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Hands down to David Levithan and Rachel Cohn for a wonderful collaboration of another HE SAID/ SHE SAID type of novel. I like it when characters have their own perspectives in a book or a point of view for those who understand that better. It gives us a better sense of the characters' selves,  the background of their lives, why they turned out like that.  What's wonderful about the way they wrote each point of view, is that their back stories are glimpsed, but is enough to give the readers a sense of kinship. And it is just a 183 page novel! I think for something so short, it delivered well. Now let's talk characters. Nick is the awkward, lanky guy, who plays bass and is trying to avoid his ex-girlfriend because he's ultra- sensitive and wants to move on but has a hard time doing it. He's adorable! I dunno. At first, you'd find it annoying that he's actually so obsessed with the thought of his ex but then you'd understand afterwards and you'd cheer him on anyway when it came to Norah Then, there's Norah. The cute, slap in your face, insensitive chick, who just wants to be loved like most people, but is afraid that the relationship she might enter again, may lead to her once failed relationship. I really love Norah and her wild imagination and how she really wants to have a good relationship with Nick. One thing that concerned me about the book is the language. Though the writing style is something I commend, censorship for kids who may have had the time to grab this from a bookshelf, may be necessary. I don't really mind the use of curse words that may have dominated an entire page, lets say, page 95???  But in all goodness of writing and story wise, NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, is the one of the most, fun, well-rounded books I've read. Decent? I'm old enough to take it... Warning: Children of the universe, you may wanna consider finding another YA to read, unless you're 15 or 18, you're good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in less than 36 hours
ChubbyRunaway More than 1 year ago
Great read. Great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago