“I saw a preview for “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” in the movie and instantly thought ‘I HAVE to see this’. I saw the movie when it came out and it was better than I thought it would be. A few days later, I learned that this was originally a book and knew that I had to read it. In normal circumstances, the books are better than the movie.
With this book, that wasn’t the case. This book had the potential to be great. It told the story of two kids that met at a rock concert and ended spending the entire night with each other, acting like a couple. The novel was directed to a large group of kids that don’t have books for them: the kids obsessed with the music scene. The book did show some of the trueness to our generation but at the same time depicted us as heartless jerks in some of the characters.
One aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was that it was told from two points of view, both done by authors of the same sex. Nick’s side of the story was told by David Levinthan while Norah’s was told by Rachel Cohn. Each character took turns explaining what was going on without making it sound awkward. The authors knew that the novel would be more cohesive and flow smoothly if a girl wrote the part of Norah while a guy did Nick’s.
Bottom line: I had high hopes for this book because books that become movies are normally better, but this was far from the case. I was let down because the book just wasn’t as exciting as the movie. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book because seeing the movie is more worth it.