Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375846144
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Edition description: Moive-Tie In
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 750,515
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.45(d)
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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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Random House

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
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ISBN: 0375935312

Chapter One

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 twofingers 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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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.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sweet and funny and very cool! Nick is the straight bassist in a queercore punk band, and when he catches sight of the ex-girlfriend who shattered his heart, he asks a stranger if she'll pretend to be his girlfriend for five minutes in an attempt to make the ex jealous. Norah's completely annoyed that once again she's forced to play mother hen to her best friend, sloppy drunk again, so when this adorable bassist asks her to be his five-minute girlfriend, she sees a chance to get her friend home - the bassist/stagehand *must* have a van, right?These two older teens (Norah's just graduated from high school, Nick's 19ish) end up spending the evening together, wandering around New York City, getting to know one another, and slowly getting over their respective exes as they start falling for each other. This punk rock novel, peppered with a generous helping of off-color language and frank mentions of sex, wanders from a small music club to a strip club to New York diners, and is a fantastically musical read about falling in love. Highly Recommended!!Nov 2010: We read this for my teen book group at the library. I was understandably nervous about this one, as I have a couple younger teens in the group, and the book includes a LOT of cussing (in one memorable chapter, one narrated by Nick, he uses the f-word 25 times in a little over two paragraphs) and many mentions of sex. There is one almost sexual encounter (oral sex interrupted by a couple of adults), but it seems that the younger teens just sort of...skipped that scene.Overall, the group really enjoyed the book (they all gave it ratings of 8 out of 10 and up). We talked about how realistic Nick and Norah's emotional journey's were. Some felt that their getting over their exes and falling for someone new in one night was unrealistic - a bit too fast - while others argued that perhaps they truly were over their exes but hadn't realized it yet. They simply needed to start crushing on someone new to realize that those feelings for their exes were in the past.Quite a few of the teens felt the language was too much. Most of them said they don't hear other teens using such strong language, though one teen said it didn't seem unusual to him. (I, too, wasn't surprised by the language - I have a group of friends who still talk like this on nights out - they were also heavily into the punk rock scene as teenagers, so perhaps it is a 'cultural' thing.)We also all really enjoyed the humor of the novel and the supporting characters, though in looking back, all really seemed to focus on was the emotion of the book. The changes in both Nick's and Norah's emotional states in the beginning vs. the ending - an ending which, in at least one case, was very disappointing - and the frustration both feel throughout their night. It was pointed out that the music of the book - the music Nick's band plays, the music the characters listen to, the discussion they have about favorites, and the playlists mentioned - is almost like the third main character of the book, and when asked for the one song that would be on their own life's playlist, I got an overwhelming response. They eventually wore me down, letting them each choose three songs. I put the list together on a Facebook notes page, and completely enjoyed listening to all their choices.
stubbyfingers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so turned off by the first 2-3 pages of this book that I nearly stopped right there and took it back to the library. I originally decided to read this because I saw that they're making a movie out of it starring that funny-looking kid from "Juno" and I wanted to check out what it was about. But I thought this was an awful example for kids! I know as a teenager I would have been mad at anybody who suggested that reading a book like this would loosen my morals, but I was still upset while reading this. It suggested that all high school kids go to clubs, get drunk and "hook up," as the authors euphemistically refer to having sex. Not only do they have sex, but they do it straight/gay/oral/whatever and they don't stop to think about protection. Maybe I'm just too old fashioned, but in my mind teenagers shouldn't be having sex. Or drinking. Or going out to clubs all night without (or even with, really) their parents' knowledge. And now to really make myself sound like a prude--did they really have to use all those swear words in this book? Rare was the sentence that did not contain the 'F' word, and those that didn't probably had an alternative.All right, so let's say I didn't mind the loose morals and the foul language--what did I think of the book then? I liked the format of the book. I thought it was fun to tell a love story alternating points of view from the boy and the girl with a different author writing each point of view. But this wasn't a love story. This was a lust story. It tried to pass itself off as deep, but it just wasn't. I have to say I enjoyed it more as the story progressed, but it just didn't do it for me. It did have one quote I liked though. Nick is telling Tony, the transvestite Playboy bunny bouncer at a club they're in, that he's not sure he's ready to be dating Norah. Tony responds, "There's no such thing as ready. There's only willing."
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have so much to say about this book that I don't know where to begin. Possibly my initial reaction, which was something like 'where the hell was this book my whole life?' But there's more to it than that. Cohn and Levithan's fast paced novel is one of those few books that I just can't put down. Not only because it's so good that I want to find out what happens, but because it's just that good. It draws you in because it is so full of everything. It's a little cliche, but this book just means so much. It's at a hurried pace, but that doesn't detract from the book and nor do you feel like you're playing catch up. You're in the story and you feel part of it. You want Nick and Norah to work out, you want things to happen and you want all these things to go wrong because it's just more fun that way. The book is an exceptional piece of fiction and I just simply adore it.
agentnica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist tells the whirlwind story of how Nick and Nora, who narrate the story in alternating chapters, came to meet and, well, fall in love. I read this one because I loved Cohn/Levithan's collaboration on Lily & Dash's Book of Dares, so I knew what I was getting into, and I wasn't disappointed. Though you sometimes feel like these kids talk and act a little older than they are (17/18), you fall in love with them so easily that, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. Though the story only takes place over the course of one crazy night, you really get a feel for who these people are--and who they may want to be one day. I flew through the book and never wanted to put it down. I recommend it for anyone who's read any of the other books my Levithan/Cohn, or anyone who is looking for a fun, but insightful, YA-romp!I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for plausibility. Though I've never had an insane night in NYC like Nick and Norah, you do sometimes wonder how they find themselves in certain situations; sometimes, it did feel like a bit of a stretch. But that was the only thing that distracted me (albeit not too badly) at all.
dpappas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't come into reading this book with any expectations at all. I thought the first half of the book was only ok. The second half was definitely much better. I don't see anything really that special in this book but I don't regret reading it. I would recommend this to teens.
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read that will suck you in, take the breath out of you, & leave you gasping. Nick & Norah, connected loosely by their ex-'s, meet at a club one night. Nick, in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, asks Norah to be his 5-minute girlfriend, they share a haphazard but luscious kiss, and things take off from there. The story takes place all in the span of a few hours, but it's action-packed & engaging.I loved the chemistry between these two characters: the romantic tension and the foreplay-type physical stuff. I'm not sure how appealing it would be from a male perspective, but to a female, it was spot on and made me squirm.It wasn't flawless, though. The F-bomb was used excessively -- very excessively, as in on almost every page, & often numerous times in succession. I could've done without that. And although I enjoyed the quick slapstick wit of both characters, Norah's self-serving attitude was a little annoying at times. These characters were supposedly in their late teens, but it really read more like a 20-somethings novel & would've been somewhat more believable had the characters been in that age group.I've not seen the movie based on this book, but could totally picture this as a younger John Cusack-casted movie, even though he's not in this one at all. I'll be adding it to my "to be seen" movie list.
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Description: Nick was just dumped by the only girl he's ever loved. Norah is in the middle of the end of her on-off relationship. One night at a club, Nick turns to Norah and says, "Will you be my girlfriend for the next five minutes?" Her answer leads them on a night of crazy adventure that has the potential to change both of them.My thoughts: I think this story starts out with a really cute idea. A chance encounter leads to one of those magical, mythical nights we all dream of having (no, not THAT kind.. you have a dirty mind). And maybe more. Unfortunately, a story like that really requires you to connect to the characters, and I had a hard time liking Nick and Norah. They're kind of whiny/angsty. Biggest pet peeve with this book? The language. Ok, people, I understand that you're into the music scene and you're rebelling against your parents and all that crap. But does every other word have to be a variation on the f-word? There are other adjectives, verbs, and even exclaimations available in the English language... let's see some creativity, please.The good news is that I think this book is one of those cases where my reaction is more of a personal taste issue than a qualitative judgement. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist has a cool concept, and it's very well written. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't. It's all about personality chemistry. So I encourage you to try it. Let me know what you think.
jennmainwaring on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I had seen the movie was coming out soon, and because I had heard some good reviews.I liked it. There are some really great quotes that you can't help but read over and over. That said, I think this might be one of those times out of a million where I actually prefer the movie, which I saw after reading the book.While I consider myself kind of a music snob, these two take it to a whole new level. I can understand how they relate to each other through music, and can spend the time critiquing the music in their snotty way, because that's their thing. However, I wonder how many imitation music snobs will spawn from this story. I've already seen a few.While the book almost makes fun of Tris for being a music fan poser (eg: becoming obsessed with Where's Fluffy after Nick introduces them to her, as if she's "discovered" them and is now so scene), I can see how more teenagers, wanting to be different, would suddenly claim to be Fugazi fans after reading this book, relying on Nick and Norah's quotes to spout off when talking about music.Otherwise, it was kind of refreshing to read a book where the author and characters are not just familiar with bands I've liked and listened to, but can actually talk about it and make me think.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nick has recently been dumped by his girlfriend Triss, the love of his life. What he didn't know was she had been cheating on him with many different guys. Norah on the other hand broke up with her boyfriend when he went to work on a kibbutz. He always called her frigid and made her feel like crap. They meet one night in a club after Nick's band has finished playing and when Triss shows up they pretend to be together to get her to leave them alone. They have instant chemsitry and begin an adventure around Manhattan.Norha's ex boyfriend shows up, Nick's band mates get in the way and can either of them either really get past Triss. They both have their own baggage, but a journey though music and the city eventually opens their eyes. tMy problem with this was that it went on too long. The story finished about 50 pages before the end of the book, but it kept dragging on and on and on some more. The language was pretty bad and it was quite explicit in places so it may offend some people and not recommended for younger teens, but it sounded quite authentic to me personally.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An edgy story of love gone wrong and love gone right, told from two points of view.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Musical soulmates. What a beautiful idea. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. I love Cohn's writing ("Gingerbread" is one of my faves), and this book is no exception. The overly-caffeinated writing style, filled with teen wit, angst, love, hate and everything in between, makes "Nick and Norah..." is a must-read for those that enjoy books about teens. Cohn and Levithan make for a great writing duo. By alternating chapters from each characters' perspective, they do a good job of giving each one distinct personalities that end up forming a beautiful friendship.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nick and Norah both end up in a Manhattan punk rock night club and see their ex's, this mutual need for a new date causes them to spend an adventure filled night in New York. Nick, Norah, and the rest of the characters are easy to relate to because of the development and detail given to them throughout the book. The plot flows smoothly to a high point that keeps the readers attention to the very end of the book. The New York setting is perfect for the adventure that Nick and Norah go on to get to know one another better. This book would be great in a young adult or teen section in a public library. The content of the book is more adult and would be a good book for teens that want to start reading more adult themes.
nomnom93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie first and I couldnt bare to read the book. the movie was terrible. The book starts off okay but do not dare reading on. Just not worth it. 1 star