"I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?"
This question propels a single night that changes the life of two teenagers on the brink of adulthood forever.
I picked up this book for two reasons:
1) I had seen the movie adaptation a while back and loved it.
2) 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' (another book co-written by David Levithan) was one of the three 5 star books I read in 2010.
Nick & Norah is now another of my 5 star reads.
This novel is told in the narratives of both Nick and Norah, in alternating chapters. I like how it delved inside their minds, so that as a reader I got an insight into them that they didn't have in each other. It was like seeing all the puzzle pieces before they were able to fit together.
The good thing about this book, is that while it gave a fantastic look into the minds of the characters (their insecurities, their weaknesses, their views of others and themselves, their love of music, their hopes, their humour) which made for fantastic character development throughout, the plot was never at a stand-still. There was always something happening, something new and exciting.
I've never come across a novel that spanned a single evening, not even a novella. Plenty of short stories don't even do that. It worked so very well and it didn't seem like a single moment, or a dragged-on period of time. It was perfect, and it was interesting, and it was something that I can see re-living in my mind, just like the characters would.
I would recommend this to anyone who ever questioned themselves, where they were headed, or what they were doing. Who plugged themselves into their music, looking for answers, and finding a connection.
I look forward to reading more of both of the authors' works, including their other co-written novels.