Note on the cover picture: The book has like a dozen covers, but I got the movie tie-in version from my library, so that's the one I'm using here.
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Summary (from the back of the book): Nick's just seen the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl necxt to him to be his new girlfrien for the next five minutes?
Norah would do anything to avoid conversations with the not not-friend girl who dumped Nick... and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick's question by making out with him?
With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the "first date" that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi cab wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack.
As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want to never end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster.
Review: I loved it!! I absolutely loved it!! And I'm trying really hard not to use a ton of explanation marks. I thought it was cute and fun and quirky and interesting and just really, really good. I loved the switch back and forth between Nick and Norah's voices, they were both such interesting narrators. And a couple of the side characters, Dev in particular, I just loved because they were so crazy and great. The authors also described Manhatten so perfectly, just the way that makes you want to visit, move to New York just to see the places they mention. Beautifully described is the music, too, the atmosphere of the clubs and things they spend the night in. I just loved it, period.
And the Yugo. Any book with a Yugo named Jessie is going to find a permanent place on my favourites list.
A little warning, though, there is a ton of swearing. On one page I counted twenty-five f-words. Yeah, you read that right, twenty-five f-bombs on one page - and it was a short page, beginning of a chapter page. Now, personally, swearing mostly amuses me. I don't swear, but you curse at me, I'll probably just laugh at how goofy you sound. (Do NOT go cuss in my chatbox, though, that will NOT amuse me.) But the cursing may offend some people. My opinion is that's the way eighteen and nineteen year olds talk. That's life. It's realistic. Deal with it.
Conclusion: Gosh, this one was good. That's really all that needs to be said.