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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist    by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan order for
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
by Rachel Cohn
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Norah almost says no when a totally unknown guy turns to her in a Manhattan night club and asks if she'll be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. What is she? A Seven-Eleven quick stop? Instead, she leans in and pulls his face to hers for their first kiss. They are both avoiding the approaching blonde siren, Tris. Nick because she dumped him and Norah - just because.

Both Nick and Norah are just out of bad relationships, so they spend the rest of the night wandering around Manhattan searching for truths about one another, avoiding entanglement, drawing near and pushing away, maybe falling in love and maybe not. Nick is songwriter and bass player for a band from Hoboken and Norah is the daughter of a successful music producer. Music is their touchstone.

Nick turns to his gay guy friend for advice and his counsel comes straight from the Beatles. Norah turns to a compassionate taxi driver and finally to her sometimes friend, Tris, who gives her personal instruction on kissing, and shares the reason she dumped good-guy Nick.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is written in alternating chapters from Nick and Norah's viewpoints, and Cohen and Levithan's voices mesh perfectly. The dialogue is clever and the romance is satisfying and sexy.

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