Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2006
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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.
“The day begins in the middle of the night.”
My Musings: I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I’ve read many good reviews of this book, and I had been sooo excited to read it! So when I finally got it from the library, I hunkered down to read it as soon as I could. So when I couldn’t get through more than three chapters, I was very disappointed.
For one thing, the dropping of the f-bomb in almost every sentence was a complete turn off. I don’t know if the authors were trying to make the novel more ‘relatable’ to young adult readers, but it just came off as vulgar. I have nothing against the word being used, but it needs to be used sparingly. Using it every other sentence is just plain annoying, as well as unrealistic. Also, half the time they used it, the context wasn’t even correct. It was absolutely ridiculous.
Also, the writing style was nothing short of horrible. Alternating point of views can either be really good, or really bad. In this case, it is the latter. The characters back tracked with every chapter, and I felt like the book was going nowhere. Also, the characters. I know that breaking up is hard, but this was just pathetic. Nick was definitely way passed depressed. His character was super dull, and the only thing that he did, it seems like, was pour over his ex, and write sad songs about it. And Norah..for some reason, her character just irked me. It seemed like she was trying too hard to be ‘cool’.
And the ‘romance’. Let’s be honest here. Who really falls in love after 5 minutes? I believe in love at first sight and everything, but this was insane. Completely, totally unrealistic. I couldn’t stomach it.
So even though I only got through about 40 pages of this book, it am never, ever going anywhere near it again. I positively do NOT recommend it to ANYONE, unless they like flat, horrible characters, and overuse of the f-bomb. I really hate to write such a horrible review, but in all honesty, it had to be done.