In order to hide his insecurity from his ex-girlfriend, Nick asked Nora to be his girlfriend for five minutes. This proposal ends up to a night worth to remember.
If you have felt angst, confusion and insecurity, then you have shared the emotion evoked from the novel. It captured the contemporary teenagers’ behaviour and feelings through Nick and Norah’s one night odyssey.
The degree of realism was worth notable. The book didn’t hold back on conjuring the teenagers’ personality. It explicitly showed their opinions and thoughts about things regardless of being blasphemous or irrational. Since there are two authors, it was clever of them to use back-in-fort point of view. First chapter you will be in the mind of Nick, next you will be with Nora and it continues until the end of the story. It was quite a unique strategy. It added a depth to what the character’s really felt.
However, it took me awhile to get used to the language. It was always an informal tone, even within their heads. They both use the F-word in every paragraph I read. Norah even addressed Jesus Christ as J.C., with a punky tone. The environment was new. It introduced many band names and band members and punk music, which I barely know and I have no slightest interest. The preceded details made me reluctant to finish it. However as I see it, it doesn’t offer any blasphemy or any musical references. The theme for the five-minute relationship still shines through.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is like a media player set into a shuffle mode. It sets a variety of music but at some point you will be able hear them all. It doesn’t matter whether you live in New York or admires punk music because you will still be able to feel the story.
I liked the concept of Nick’s infinite playlist:
I shouldn’t want the song to end. I always think of each night as a song. Or each moment as a song. But now I’m seeing we don’t live in a single song. We move from song to song, from lyric to lyric, from chord to chord. There is no ending here. It’s an infinite playlist.
Note: If you have watched the movie, I suggest you read the novel. If you have read the novel, I suggest you watch the movie. They are somehow different but both are worth your attention.