{Audiobook} Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

August 10, 2014 Book 6 ½

{Audiobook} Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David LevithanNick And Norah's infinite Playlist by David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Published by Listening Library on September 30th 2008
Source: Borrowed from Library
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It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City - and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be - and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you'll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

©2008 Rachel Cohn; (P)2008 Listening Library

I don’t think I’ve ever read (or listened) to a more stupid, senseless, illogical book in my life. I had so many expectation on this book, on these freaking awesome authors! I loved Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, also a co-written book with two perspectives of a boy and a girl who eventually fall in love. But this? This was like watching a train wreck.

First let me start with Nick. What is up with this dude? He can’t stop calling his ex, who left him for another guy and doesn’t give a damn about Nick. He makes playlists and burns CDs for her CONSTANTLY. He’s hung up on her. Like REALLY hung up. It’s like whomever wrote him wanted to make a stalker look cute in a poor attempt to make the reader feel pity for him. And Norah! Ugh, I don’t even know how to describe her. I heard this audiobook so long ago, I have tried all I can to delete any remaining minutes of it from my brain. I can use that space for something more useful and entertaining. Nick and Norah alone are a disaster, and together they’re a freaking category 5 hurricane called Pretentious! No idea if I wrote that sentence correctly, but whatever, you get the point. They would talk and make references to indie bands, music, sounds, New York or New Jersey, they would think they were the fucking best thing in the whole wide world.

They have this idea that you need someone to be happy, that your music is what defines you, and if you don’t listen to “cool” people like The Beatles, then you suck and don’t have any music taste. I hate The Beatles,  by the way. They had this conception in their heads that they could do whatever the heck they wanted because they could. And where are the parents?! These KIDS, because they ARE kids, are wandering around in dangerous places without any supervision, any rules, nothing at all. The only acknowledged parents don’t give a fuck about Norah, and would actually encourage her to keep being wild like the perfect friend, Caroline.  Or maybe things are really different in New York/New Jersey than how they are in Puerto Rico. Or I’m the different one.

And Where’s Fucking Bunny? What the hell? Fuck off already…

Thank you, Norah.

And the plot, well… Nick and his band who are always changing their name have a presentation in a gig on some bar in town. After their presentation, Nick notices that his ex-girlfriend is there with her new boyfriend. Nick doesn’t want to admit that he’s hung up, even after the ridiculous amount of CDs he’s burned and the calls he’s made. So he does what any reasonable person would do, he asks some random chick to be his five minute girlfriend so that his ex doesn’t notice him. As the cliche saying says, one thing leads to another, and so these two people, Nick and Norah, go on an adventure around the city on the search for a good place to hang out, find Bunny (some band everyone’s crazy about), and know each other. Or something like that. I was really confused to be honest. But I just went with it because I was not going to listen to the same shit again and again and still come out without any idea of what was up with these people.

And I know something about music too! And you know what? Every Breath You Take by The Police is going to be your theme song Nick. Also, you suck at writing emo and lame songs about fuck the world, fuck her, or something like that.

I also tried to watch the movie to see if what I didn’t get in the audiobook could be compensated between 90 minutes. I gave up almost half-way through it because it was an even worse torture, of that was even possible. (Oh, it was).

Raging hormones, illegal deeds, stupid and unnecessary cursing that’s way too excessive even for teens, sex, and lameness = this book. I’m glad this was borrowed from the library because it would have been a total waste of my money. The idea of the story sounds great, but the approach and style just wasn’t what I like nor did it seem appropriate. Yes, teens can be crazy and stupid and hormonal and maybe even drug-users and sex addicts, but this book… I don’t know. I can’t use enough words to talk of my dislike for it. I had seen a lot of people loved this book too, and it makes me think if I heard a story completely different from theirs. Give it a try if you want, but this book doesn’t exist anymore for me.

Rating: 0.5 stars


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  • Yowsa, LOL. I read this book YEARS ago. I wasn’t crazy about it either, but I don’t think it bothered me quite this much. One things for sure though–I will NOT be rereading it to find out if I feel any differently about it. Better luck next time, and thanks for your honestly 😉

  • Okaaay, well this doesn’t sound enjoyable at all. Sorry you didn’t like it but I can certainly understand why. I haven’t seen the movie, read the book or the audio book but never will I ever that’s for sure. Those kids in the book sound so careless, I think like that kind of attutude. Anyway, thanks for sharing and very honest review. 🙂

  • Well I think I will be avoiding this book, it sounds rather horrific, I particularly hate music snobs and people hung up on exs, it’s unnecessary and annoying so I fear Nick would only frustrate me. Unfortunately I seem to find book characters called Nick are never people that I like.
    Great review, and I hope you managing to finally get any remnants of audiobook from your brain!

  • Oh no, Jen. I’m so sorry this was such a shit book for you. I watched the film and have enjoyed it (mostly) but I don’t think the book would be as enjoyable as well. Nick’s obsession with the ex will make me want to hurt someone. :/

  • *shudders* oh dear, this really does sound like the epitome of teenage stupidity and I would be super frustrated at the annoying hijinks that happen in the novel too. Great honest review, think I’d avoid this one.

  • Awww. I haven’t read this one. Or even watched the movie. I didn’t even know there was a movie!!! 😛 I just like the music aspect. And I hear you, I mean, It’s David Levithan!!! Maybe I’ll skip this one and read Dash and Lily’s story instead.

    Thanks for the heads up, Jennifer!