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Nick & Norah & Library Addiction

At the Library Yesterday:

Me: Hokay self, you're going to go in, get sheet music and leave. You are NOT allowed to check out anymore books.
Me: Okay, I can do that.
*gets sheet music, heads down escalator to 7th floor on way to 3rd to exit the library*
Me: Oh heyyyy, the 7th floor. I'm just gonna stop here a sec and check out the newly returned fiction.
Me: NO! You are NOT allowed!
Me: I have LOTS of time, thank you, and I'm just gonna look to see if there's stuff I want to get later.
Me: ....fine. But then you have to finish reading Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Me: Fine.
Me: Hey, there're two Emma Donoghue books here! And--oh look, The Collector by John Fowles. You've been meaning to read that.
Me: NO! Get away! Why can't you ever just get music and go!
Me: But...checking out this Donoghue short story collection and this book by Fowles will make you happy.
Me: *look of despair* But--I....*hangs head* You're right. Let's get them.

And so goes basically every trip to the library.

Instead of reading Nick & Norah last night, I think I watched South Park and passed out around 11 [note to my parents who read this: 'passed out' is my euphemism for 'drifted slowly and serenely off to sleep without the aid of any narcotic]. And speaking of narcotics, how hilarious is this?: 

'Pretty hilarious' is the answer

So, similar to Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Nick & Norah is by two authors, each writing one POV character. And David Levithan wrote half of each of those books.

I HIGHLY enjoy the writing style of both of these books, but this one confused me because it would have the worst line and then kind of redeem it by a follow-up line. Example of terrible lines: "The streets are empty. I am empty. Or, no—I am full of pain. It’s my life that’s empty" and "Perhaps it’s only the vehicle that won’t start, but it feels like it’s my life that won’t start."

Teenagers, right? But then there're things like "I’m on a date with a good guy and I’ve given him more mixed signals than a dyslexic Morse code operator" and that's just good times with words right there.

Does anyone else scoff at what other Kindle users highlight? Because this I do a lot. I guess it's less forgivable in this instance because this book is probably mostly read by angsty teens in search of something deep, but: "I guess you don’t see the planets when you’re staring at the sun. You just get blinded." 200 highlights. And I am Judgey, the judge from Judgetown.

David Levithan has this kind of driving sentence that I really like, where it just pushes forward and forward. Lots of 'ands' but not in an annoying way.

I do totally want to see the movie after this, and -- oh, the plot? Nick and Norah are 17, don't know each other, at a club in NYC, and when Nick sees his ex-girlfriend there, he asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes so he does not look lame. And the night kinda...goes on from there. For some reason, the movie flip-flops this and has Norah asking Nick to be her boyfriend, which I'm going to assume is not for some misogynist Hollywood reason (p.s. I totally think it's for a misogynist Hollywood reason).

Whatever, the book's 184 pages. Even if you don't like it, it won't be life-damaging. And as its title might indicate, there're a lot of music references. I have learned a new Beastie Boys song because of this book. Plus David Levithan is awesome. The end.


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