Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book could be successfully compared to a good concert, and not just because it’s a book that centers around the New York City music scene (and the teenagers that inhabit it). It’s a fast read. I was hooked from page one by the conversational and intimate style of the two narrators, the fast-paced story, the typical tangled teenage relationships that are universally familiar.
If you have seen the movie that was based on this book, don’t think that you already know what happens–you don’t! There are some relatively significant plot discrepancies.
For the unfamiliar, I would say this: it’s about a (very unconventional) first date. It’s about discovering that losing something means you’re free to find something much better. It’s about how chance bring people together, and the power of music. It’s a fun, funny book that has a lot of nice things to say about the song “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles.
I will caution that this book falls into the PG-13 category for language and…various situations that arise from teen dating.