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Buzz Book Club: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Buzz Book Club: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Section Two

Welcome back Buzz Book Club readers! I'm having so much fun breezing through Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It's bringing up memories of my teen
years. . . and that's actually a good thing.

Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in September). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read from the start of chapter 14 until the end of the book! We'll chat about the conclusion a week from today, Sept. 26.

To discuss this next section of Nick and Norah, in which we read from the start of chapter seven until the end of the chapter 13,

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  1. I've been thinking a lot about Caroline. Have you ever had a friend like this? Have you been that friend? Would you have taken care of this friend so much, like Norah does, or do you think you might've tried some tougher love?
  2. I've also been thinking about how difficult teen love can really be. Norah's relationship with Tal and the insecurities it's left her with reminds me of how little you have to reference at that point in terms of what's normal (or healthy) relationship behavior. Do you think this book captures how vulnerable teens are in that respect?
  3. Does anyone else think it's hilarious that Jay Baruchel is playing Tal in the movie version of this book?
  4. Once Nick and Norah finally sit down over "drinks" to chat, I think it's hilarious how Norah thinks it's a disaster while Nick is psyched that it's going so well! Have you ever been in a situation like this? Do you think these kinds of misunderstandings happen often?
  5. We learn Tris is more than just an evil ex. Are you glad the authors made her more dimensional or was it more fun when she was the villain?
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brownafroduck brownafroduck 7 years
1. When I was in high school, my best friend and I had this relationship. Some nights I'd have to take care of her, and other nights I'd be careless, drink more than I thought, and she'd take care of me. I wasn't one way though. We'd look out for each other. 2. I definitely agree that this book bares teen relationships as they really are. I'm glad they don't sugar-coat the issue or portray stereotypical teen relationships. With your first boyfriend, that's the only kind of love you've ever known, so how do you know if it's the deepest love there is? Or the healthiest? My first relationship lasted for three years, and there were times when I thought we would get married, but I was worried he wasn't "the one" cause I had nothing to compare it to. 4. Haha, this scene scares me! I'm the type that's pretty low key, laid back, easy to please, so I'd probably be Nick, thinking everything's chill, while the other person is being tortured. Now I'm going to be all anxious about it next time I go on a date. ;) I'm so excited for this movie. Did anyone notice that in the trailer Norah asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes, instead of the other way around? Looks like they may be changing up the book a lot, especially to add humor. I don't really care though, the book is so short they need to add some filler anyway.
brownafroduck brownafroduck 7 years
1. When I was in high school, my best friend and I had this relationship. Some nights I'd have to take care of her, and other nights I'd be careless, drink more than I thought, and she'd take care of me. I wasn't one way though. We'd look out for each other. 2. I definitely agree that this book bares teen relationships as they really are. I'm glad they don't sugar-coat the issue or portray stereotypical teen relationships. With your first boyfriend, that's the only kind of love you've ever known, so how do you know if it's the deepest love there is? Or the healthiest? My first relationship lasted for three years, and there were times when I thought we would get married, but I was worried he wasn't "the one" cause I had nothing to compare it to. 4. Haha, this scene scares me! I'm the type that's pretty low key, laid back, easy to please, so I'd probably be Nick, thinking everything's chill, while the other person is being tortured. Now I'm going to be all anxious about it next time I go on a date. ;)I'm so excited for this movie. Did anyone notice that in the trailer Norah asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes, instead of the other way around? Looks like they may be changing up the book a lot, especially to add humor. I don't really care though, the book is so short they need to add some filler anyway.
linzmcc linzmcc 7 years
1) Last week I said I didn't really identify much with Norah. But I will say that I have had one of THOSE friends. And basically, by taking constant care of that person you let them take advantage of you. What stinks worse for Norah is that everyone seems to love that friend more than you (been there, too). While I feel sorry for her, I also know that is something you have to grow a pair and stand up to. 2) I never had a "teen love" so I can't relate to it much. I know it was important for me to have parents who reminded me the world didn't revolve around me and my relationships. So all my drama faded pretty quickly. I have seen the opposite where someone obsesses over their children's relationships and they are so much worse off after the breakup. I guess it depends on how much you get invested in a person. Let's face it. What percentage of people marry their HS sweetheart? 3) Yeah, Jay doesn't make sense to me as Tal. But I agree with ADW above about Michael Cera as well. I am really thinking this movie will have a completely different feel than the book. 4) Don't know if I have been in that situation because I rarely know what other people are thinking. But it probably has to do with the fact that Norah is so much more of pessimist than Nick seems to be. 5) I like that Tris is more than just the evil villain in the story. Makes it a bit more realistic. These evil psychos portrayed on TV rarely exist that way. Usually there is some background story to explain their problems.
linzmcc linzmcc 7 years
1) Last week I said I didn't really identify much with Norah. But I will say that I have had one of THOSE friends. And basically, by taking constant care of that person you let them take advantage of you. What stinks worse for Norah is that everyone seems to love that friend more than you (been there, too). While I feel sorry for her, I also know that is something you have to grow a pair and stand up to. 2) I never had a "teen love" so I can't relate to it much. I know it was important for me to have parents who reminded me the world didn't revolve around me and my relationships. So all my drama faded pretty quickly. I have seen the opposite where someone obsesses over their children's relationships and they are so much worse off after the breakup. I guess it depends on how much you get invested in a person. Let's face it. What percentage of people marry their HS sweetheart?3) Yeah, Jay doesn't make sense to me as Tal. But I agree with ADW above about Michael Cera as well. I am really thinking this movie will have a completely different feel than the book.4) Don't know if I have been in that situation because I rarely know what other people are thinking. But it probably has to do with the fact that Norah is so much more of pessimist than Nick seems to be.5) I like that Tris is more than just the evil villain in the story. Makes it a bit more realistic. These evil psychos portrayed on TV rarely exist that way. Usually there is some background story to explain their problems.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Oh, I totally had a friend like Caroline. I wasn't nearly as patient as Norah, though. After the first few times that my friend required me to take care of her drunk ass, I drew the line.
adw7984 adw7984 7 years
1. I've personally never had a friend like Caroline, nor was I like her growing up, but it seems that more and more young girls are acting like Caroline does in this novel. I would definitely take care of my friend, but I would also try to talk to her. I mean you have to watch out for your friends when you are in public because you never know what could happen - but I guess it would be tiring after awhile. 2. I think this book really does capture teen love accurately. I remember being a teenager and saying I love you after a week. Looking back, I wonder what I was thinking! When you are a teenager, you really need to be accepted (by friends, or boyfriends) and most times I think that your first love can scar you! She is carrying around an idea of what love is, but maybe she will find out that love shouldn't be that way! 3. I personally find this whole cast quite hilarious. For example, I never in a million years would have pictured Michael Cera as Nick. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, just different. I am kind of eager to see the movie because it looks like it will be really funny! 4. I think this type of situation happens a lot. One person seems to be more into it, the other has no idea what is going on. I think, as a girl, it might be harder to gauge the situation. I know that personally, I always think everything is a disaster until told otherwise. 5. I like Tris more as a villain. I don't really know why, but it fits her character better I think. I still didn't even like her after she became "nice".
adw7984 adw7984 7 years
1. I've personally never had a friend like Caroline, nor was I like her growing up, but it seems that more and more young girls are acting like Caroline does in this novel. I would definitely take care of my friend, but I would also try to talk to her. I mean you have to watch out for your friends when you are in public because you never know what could happen - but I guess it would be tiring after awhile.2. I think this book really does capture teen love accurately. I remember being a teenager and saying I love you after a week. Looking back, I wonder what I was thinking! When you are a teenager, you really need to be accepted (by friends, or boyfriends) and most times I think that your first love can scar you! She is carrying around an idea of what love is, but maybe she will find out that love shouldn't be that way!3. I personally find this whole cast quite hilarious. For example, I never in a million years would have pictured Michael Cera as Nick. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, just different. I am kind of eager to see the movie because it looks like it will be really funny!4. I think this type of situation happens a lot. One person seems to be more into it, the other has no idea what is going on. I think, as a girl, it might be harder to gauge the situation. I know that personally, I always think everything is a disaster until told otherwise.5. I like Tris more as a villain. I don't really know why, but it fits her character better I think. I still didn't even like her after she became "nice".
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