Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, YA
So you're a guy; you're at a band show and your ex, the girl who dumped you, walks in with the new guy. Looking for a safe exit, you ask the girl you happen to sitting with to be your girlfriend for five minutes . You're a girl; you're at a get-together and your least favorite female strolls in. The stranger sitting next to you asks you to be his five-minute date. So what do you? You lock lips . Nick and Norah's instant connection begins a roller-coaster "first date" that takes them through Manhattan and into themselves. A novel concept that works.
This review is going to be short and sweet, because the book was short and sweet.
What I thought…
- I’ve become a fan of alternating view points. It used to drive me crazy, but now I kind of like it, and it really works here. In fact I know that it wouldn’t have been good only told through one perspective.
- I’m a sucker for these kind of books. The ones that take place over 24 hours or have some kind of time frame involved. Love them!
- I liked Norah slightly more than I liked Nick, but I liked Nick’s chapters better. Norah was more fun, Nick spent a lot of time hung up on Tris. Even though Norah was still dealing with Tal she didn’t come off as whiny about it. Nick’s chapters were more funny and I really got into some of his rambling thoughts.
- All the other characters were great, even Tris. They had their place in their story and they fit well with Nick and Norah. Tony/i/e was my favorite.
- The stuff they do is crazy and so much fun! I wish that I would have had a night as fun as this.
- Norah’s dad makes a small appearance in the book but I think that was one of my favorite scenes in the book and it’s such a fatherly thing to do. Even though it ticks Norah off, it’s for the best.
- As much as I loved this story I can’t give it 4 or 5 stars. The “F” word is seriously overused in this book and I just could not get past it. I know that teenagers cuss (I know I cussed as a teenager) but it was overkill in this book. I wish that I had this as an ebook so I could count how many times they used it. Seriously, it’s everywhere!
Overall it’s a really cute story but beware of the “F’” word.