Nick and Norah’s is an unexpected first-date adventure story set in New York City at night. Nick is a heartbroken, straight bassist in a “queercore” band, while Norah, the daughter of a high end music executive, is just trying to take care of her crazy friend Caroline. They meet when Nick sees his ex-girlfriend (who he is still struggling to move on from) and asks Norah if she will be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes. For the rest of the night, Nick and Norah will roam around New York, seeing dancing nuns and their mutual favorite band, and eventually looking for and finding each other.
I found Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist to be equally thought-provoking and charming at the same time. The advertisement for the book states that it is “a first-date story you’ll wish was your own.” I found this to be an apt description. Although it is not a very long novel and it takes place in such a short amount of time, Cohn and Levithan establish dynamic characters. Over the course of one night, two young people who have been deeply hurt become vulnerable and open again to the possibility of true love.