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Buzz Book Club: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008-09-12 09:30:40

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

Hello Buzz Book Club readers! We've started reading the completely adorable Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and so far I'm really enjoying it. What about you?

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 seven until the end of the chapter 13. We'll chat about this section a week from today, Sept. 19

To discuss the first section of Nick and Norah, in which we read from the start of the story until the end of chapter six, read more


  1. Do you identify more with Nick or Norah at this point? I assumed I would identify more with Norah, but I'm finding myself relating to Nick a surprising amount.
  2. Have you gotten used to the style of the book and the way it cuts between the two characters' viewpoints? Are there scenes you wish you could see from another character's perspective?
  3. The book is recommended for grades nine and up. Would you have been allowed to read this book as a freshman in high school? Would you want your child to read it? Or would any of the sex talk and bars (even if Nick and Norah aren't drinking) concern you?
  4. There is so much intense, raw emotion involved in these characters, reminding me of what it was like to be a teenager, fueled by love and angst. It makes me almost nostalgic for a time when we didn't have to always be quite so practical or logical (or "adult") about things. Do you feel wistful for this time of life? Or mostly just relieved that it's behind you?
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Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
linzmcc - To your point about intensity making the teen years so much fun, I agree! It's funny reliving that through Nick and Norah too. I think Nick makes reference to how he will always love Tris or something early on and when I read that I thought, " might forget her name by the time you're 30 years old but that's cute you think that."
linzmcc linzmcc 8 years
I didn't even know this was a book. I had just seen the movie trailer. And then I saw your post and thought I'd hop on board! I also read it in one sitting. A fun, easy read. 1) I, too, related more to Nick. Not totally sure why, but I didn't relate to Norah much at all. 2) I also like the hopping between viewpoints (though, a couple of times, when I stopped and started, I had to remind myself momentarily "who" I was reading. I love this method. Not totally omniscient, but not just one perspective. I don't think I wanted to know anyone else's perspective at all. 3) I agree with Girrly 007 that it really depends on your 9th grader. I for one was a very naive 14 year old and would not have been able to handle this book very well. There are lots of grown up themes. It really depends on the child (now if I am calling them a "child" I would have to say no on the book...). 4) I have a mix of nostalgia and relief that it is over. Everything was so much more dramatic in HS/college. But that intensity also made it more fun!
Girrly007 Girrly007 8 years
First off, I wanted to say Thank You!!! for picking this book. It's been on my reading list for a while, and it was the perfect excuse to pick it up. I loved it! I read it in one sitting. 1.I definitely related to Nick more than Norah. He just seems a bit more in tune with himself and his feelings. 2. I love that style of writing. I like experiencing it from both psyche's. (my favorite author is Jodi Picoult, and she does this in a lot of her books. I think it definitely helps build your relationship with the charecters.) 3. I'm kind of torn on this question. I have the same torn feelings for Gossip Girl. I think they're GREAT for me in my mid 20's, but I'd really have to take a hard look at just how emotionally mature my "9th grader" is before letting them view/read these materials. 4. It makes me remember exactly what I was like in high school/beginning of college. It was emotional, powerful, and life-changing, just like it is for them in this book.
adw7984 adw7984 8 years
- At this point, I guess I would identify more with Norah. I don't really know why, but I don't think I relate to Nick at all. - I do like how Nick and Norah take turns telling the story. I really enjoy the fact that we get to know what both characters are thinking because most books do not give us this option. - I definitely would have read this book as a freshman, my mom never monitored what I was reading. I wouldn't mind if my child read this, this talk of oral sex is something that is relevant to our society....this is what high schoolers talk about. - I always feel nostalgic for my teen years. At the time they seemed so hard, but looking back I really miss that carefree time in my life. On one hand, I would love to go back and do it over and feel so happy....on the other hand, I like being older now and having a regular job.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I related more to Nick throughout the book as well. I like how the book goes back and forth between perspectives. If I had a 9th grade kid, I wouldn't mind them reading this book. I was reading way more adult stuff than this at that age.
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