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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

All-nighter turns romantic in fun but racy read.

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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

I really loved this book. The writing was really great. If your a music elitest, you'll love all the references. That said, one thing a lot of people don't like is all the swearing. If that turns you off, you maybe won't enjoy this book. One thing that bothered me was one of the main characters- she kind of seemed like a rich girl with a perfect life who was trying to find something to be upset about.
age 14+

Garbage! Don't waste your time or money!


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

You can see why this book would make such a fun movie: It's got two well-defined characters, fast-paced dialogue, plenty of drama, plus a punk NYC backdrop. Having the book take place in one night adds fun energy to the story -- as does having the chapters alternate between Nick and Norah. Chapters often end with a mini-cliffhanger, with the other protagonist swooping in to offer a new perspective -- and the details of their next adventure.

Readers may not always relate to the lives of these two Jersey teens. Norah, for example, the daughter of a wealthy music exec, says "I could be scoring weed in Tompkins Square Park right now, on my way to a bondage bar on Avenue D, and my parents would only applaud." And at some point in their long night together, Nick and Norah end up at "this place where strippers dressed like nuns and did this tease to 'Climb Every Mountain.'" But, they will have an easy time relating to these two characters who are obviously meant to be together, if they can get past their own heartbreaks and take that leap. Which you know they will, eventually -- sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Romantic teens will likely be willing to stay up all night reading just to see them jump.

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