A note from Headbuzzer: Our friends over at Everyday eBook reviewed one of our favorite books, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist! We've cross posted the article here, but you can read the original review here!
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist:
Loved the Movie? You'll Love the Book More
by Erin Korenko
The book is always better than the movie. (Okay, maybe not always but it usually is.) I don't know why it took me so long to read Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. I really loved the movie so I think I was worried it would taint my memory if the book didn't live up to expectations (or even made the movie pale in comparison). Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the book had everything I loved about the movie and more. Set against the backdrop of New York City, teenagers Nick and Norah spend one adventure-filled night chasing the elusive band "Where's Fluffy?" Their search takes them all over the city as they avoid their exes, deal with drunken best friends, and even fall in love.
Told in alternating points of view from two different authors, this book seems personal and intimate, yet fast-paced and full of adrenaline. The dual points of view are a fun way to see how words and actions can be misinterpreted despite the best of intentions. You can't help but fall in love with each character, flaws and all. Nick is the quintessential Emo kid. His outlandish statements about the state of his broken heart made me want to smack him and give him a hug at the same time. Norah is so incredibly neurotic and paranoid that I … well, actually I saw a lot of myself in Norah so that's probably why I loved her so much. Their chemistry and witty dialogue really lives up to their predecessors, Nick and Nora of The Thin Man.
What I loved most about the book compared to the movie (sorry, I can't separate the two, though I know I should. I think it'd be the other way around if I read the book first): Tris. In the movie she's a throwaway one-dimensional character. She's just the girl in the way of Nick and Norah's relationship. Yet, in the book there's so much more to her and you see why she makes the choices she does. It's a great peek at the dynamics of female relationships and what girls will do to "fit in."
As the story unfolds, I found myself not really interested in finding the mysterious band. I just enjoyed watching two broken people fall in love page by page. The evolution of Nick and Norah's relationship may seem to happen fast since the entire book spans just one night, but that's the thing about New York. One night can feel like more like a month and sometimes one night is all it takes to really connect with someone.
If you've seen the movie, definitely read the book. If you've read the book, give the movie a try. They're similar in spirit and both are infused with frenetic energy full of pop culture, music trivia, and New York tidbits, but both the movie and the book will surprise you in the turns they take with the same story. If you haven't had the pleasure of either, what are you waiting for?
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