By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006
Audience: Older Teens
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.
This book was a reread for me. I think I liked it better the first time. Part of the reason for that is Every Day. Also, I have tried a new reading strategy: I haven't been reading new books before bed. It just frustrated me because I was so tired that I felt I didn't get anywhere. So I have been re-reading books that before bed, and that works fabulously. However, I must have been too tired when I read a section of this book, because I definitely missed something important that happened in a closet? I managed to fill in the blanks, though.
I forgot how different it was from the movie, too. I don't know about everyone else, but the steamy parts of books just slip right out of my brain once I am done reading the book. I tend to remember how the story made me feel, not the dirty details -- which isn't good at work when a parent asks you if it's appropriate for a 13-year-old. I've started giving a disclaimer about my forgetfulness. It just doesn't matter to me, so it just kind of washes over me. Does anyone else have that problem? Nick and Norah have a steamy moment that I totally did NOT remember, which is why this is for "Older Teens."
This one will always be one of my favorites, because it's how I discovered David Levithan. I'll read absolutely everything that he writes.