Thursday, December 27, 2007

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844409
  • List Price: $16.99
  • I finished this book on Dec. 24
So, okay: this is the new to me book from David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, who wrote Nick and Norah and who fucking rock. I was very excited when this came in at my library right before Christmas. Also: remember last spring when I went to that young adult book fair and I saw Mr. Levithan speak? He read a chapter of this then, saying that he probly shouldn't because it wasn't published yet etc. and he read it substituting the word "frock" for "fuck" which is also awesome. So, yeah, I lurve him.
Anyway, try this on for size: Naomi and Ely are these hot toddies living in NYC and they have been best friends/soul mates for just about ever. Except, Naomi is in love with Ely who is gay (insert Nelson Muntz Ha Ha here). Anywho, the pair have a No Kiss List in place to ensure against a N and E breakup, which includes a few random hotties they both know. Naomi is currently dating Bruce the Second (cause he's the second boy she's dated named Bruce. God, I love them) but she's not really into him, she's more biding her time until Ely realizes maybe he wants her instead of the cock. Either way shenanigans ensue when Ely kisses Bruce the Second. Naomi is really more hurt because she realizes Ely will never love her that way than because of the adulterous making out. This starts a huge fight/drama/journey of awesomery.
This is written in alternating chapters as was N&N but the cool thing is: it's not just Ely and Naomi talking, it's lots of people. Aside from there being two Bruces (I always think of this Bruce when I hear that name, btw) there are two Robins (one is from Schenectady) a chihuahua and lots of insomniacs. Lots of different people have a say in this story and somehow all of their mini dramas and points of view add up to one very well told story. I totally didn't know which author was writing which chapter when I was reading it and was amazed that they both shared writing the same characters. Fucking rad. Naomi's chapters have these little symbols instead of words sometimes, which I thought was cooler in theory than in the execution.
To read an interview with the authors: go here. Or check out their websites go here for Levithan's and here for Cohn's.
The cool thing about this book is it speaks to so many different kinds of relationships and contains problems everyone can relate too. Also, the main characters share sparkly belts. I'm in frocking love :)


Teen Troves said...

I loved Nick and Norah but haven't gotten around to Naomi and Ely yet. DId you like N&E as well as N&N?! I'd heard it wasn't as good.

How do you feel about the new movie?! And the casting choices?!

bee said...

N&E was a different story I feel: one about friendships and love and relationships. It's hard to compare it to N&N which I feel was magical (and I reviewed it here as well). N&N is such a whirlwind fantastic funny romantic story I hope the movie can capture that. I am interested to see the Sound of Music musical review parts :)
I loved Michael Cera in Superbad so hopefully he will make a wonderful Nick, I think he's very talented.
I'm not that familiar with the actress who will play Norah, but she's very pretty. Hope it's good!