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

"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.




Yeahh... go see the movie.


I really liked the movie adaptation of this, which I saw first and then later found out it was based on a book. Man, what happened?! The screenwriter for that movie, Lorene Scarfaria, must have super skills if she can take this lukewarm novella and turn it into that crazy cute movie!


I mean, the book isn't awful, there are cute moments between Nick & Norah. Truthfully though, I found the writing a little lackluster ... and do we really need f-bombs (and birdseed blasts of various other profanities) scattered throughout nearly EVERY paragraph?! Not even kidding. It really is in nearly every paragraph of this book. Seriously, the book is less than 200 pages! I'm not so prudish as to say there must be absolutely no profanity for me to like a story. On the contrary, I like a well-placed curse here and there for impact but here the story was over-seasoned all to hell.


But it did crack me up though to get to a scene where there's an attempt at some down & dirty time, the girl's talking about how turned on she is and how she wants to tell the guy what she wants to do to him and I see the line "I use the polite words instead of the nasty ones.". Oh, NOW we're gonna clean it up -- in the one scene where pirate hooker talk would feel almost appropriate?! LOL Wow. At least I got a good laugh in the end. Unintentional on the authors' part I'm sure, but I'll take it. Not saying I'm giving up on the other Levithan & Cohn collabs. but this one fell flat for me.