- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 23, 2006)
- ISBN-10: 0375835318
- ISBN-13: 978-0375835315
- List Price: $16.95
- I finished this book on Mar. 29
Nick meets Norah at a bar after his queercore band is done playing. He sees is ex-girlfriend approaching and asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes, to which she replies by kissing him. So, this is like the first chapter, and you know I'm a smitten kitten. Anywho, turns out Norah is just getting over a breakup too, but these two end up spending the night together. They see punk bands, watch a lesbian/tranny burlesque review of The Sound of Music, and make out quite a bit. There is also plenty of hearty cursing, and I am a girl who loves cursing.
The book is written by Levithan and Rachel Cohn, who apparently are buddies, and will be coming out with another book. Why do I not have any friends with which to write books? So unfair. Either way, the book is written in alternating chapters from Nick and Norah's points of view. Levithan wrote Nick's part and Cohn wrote Norah's. Love. It. I like books like this, written from different perspectives, it's neat to get to see the different character's first hand takes on what is going on. Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Boys does this with three main characters, very interesting, but I think I liked it better here. Also, you might remember that the gayest book ever employed this technique between naughty priests.
This book shows us only one whirlwind night between these two. It's what I imagine that Before Sunrise movie was like, only with cool people, and less angst (I totally didn't even see that movie and am currently talking out of my bum). Anyway, check out the saucy cover action, complete with good font choices. There is also a fun website where you can make your own playlist. I feel, unfortunately, that I am not hip enough for that, having not recognized many of the bands mentioned in the book.
All in all it was a tasty treat, a brief love story, a fun read.