If you love Nick and Norah, you might also like...

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As I'm sure most of you already know, the movie version of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was
released last night. I'm waiting until next weekend to see it (while visiting Matt in New York), but in honor of this exciting occasion, I wanted to post some recommendations for other books you might like if you enjoyed Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

The obvious first recommendations would be Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's other novels. They have collaborated on one other novel, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, and each has written several novels individually:

David LevithanRachel Cohn
  • Boy Meets Boy
  • Gingerbread
  • The Realm of Possibility
  • Shrimp
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Cupcake
  • Wide Awake
  • You Know Where to Find Me
  • Marly's Ghost
  • Pop Princess
  • How They Met and Other Stories
  • and The Steps and Two Steps Forward (for tweens)

But, some of you may have already read all of those, so I have a few other recommendations:

If you like the way the novel takes you on a virtual tour of New York City...

Suite ScarlettThings hoped forIt's kind of a funny story

Fly on the wall : how one girl saw everythingTyrellGossip Girl : a novel
  • Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (midtown, around Fifth Ave.)
  • Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart (at a fictional High School for the arts in Manhattan)
  • Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements (Upper West Side/Morningside Heights)
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth (Brooklyn and the Bronx)
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (Brooklyn)
  • and there's always Gossip Girl (Upper East Side)

If you like the complex relationships between the characters (and not just the romantic relationship, but the friendships with secondary characters as well)...
I am the messengerSuite ScarlettThe astonishing adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl
Saving FrancescaLooking for Alaska : a novel

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
and again, Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

If you like the fact that Nick is in a band...
Born to rockKing DorkThe last days : a novel

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
King Dork by Frank Portman (Tom might never actually form a band... but he comes up with great band names and song lyrics)
The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (a band and some vampires... lots of fun)

And last... since you all love them so much... a few more of my favorite quotes from the novel (first post of quotes can be found here):

"Things are going so well. We're volleying words back and forth. Everything she says, I have something I can say back. We're sparking, and part of me just wants to sit back and watch. We're clicking. Not because a part of me is fitting into a part of her. But because our words are clicking to form sentences and our sentences are clicking into each other to form dialogue and our dialogue is clicking together to form this scene from this ongoing movie that's as comfortable as it is unrehearsed" (Nick 75).

"Maybe that's it... With what you were talking about before. The world being broken. maybe it isn't that we're supposed to find the pieces and put them back together. Maybe we're the pieces" (Nick 145).


Jen Robinson said...

Great stuff, Sara! And can I just tell you how much traffic I get to my review of Nick and Norah from 2007 that comes from links on your blog? It's incredible.

Sara said...

Thanks Jen! I can imagine. My blog hits (which are normally only 20-30 per day) are suddenly in the triple digits this week!

Have you seen the movie yet? I don't know how it could possibly be as good as the book, but I'm really excited!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this post, Sara! Great picks!

Jen Robinson said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, Sara. I'm more of a "wait for the DVD" kind of person. But I figured you must be getting a fair bit of traffic on your posts, given the amount that's trickling over to me...

Sara said...

Thanks Little Willow! I really enjoyed the post you and Jackie wrote about the book too! Have you seen the movie yet?

Sara said...

Jen -- I'll definitely let you know how the movie is after next weekend :)

I usually wait for the DVD too (especially since it's so easy put them on hold at work), but I don't think I can wait that long for this one!

Anonymous said...

oh my godness,, i just saw the movie tonight and it was
definately the best movie ever, its my new favorite movie. amazing.

Sara said...

Yay! That's great to hear. Now I really can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

You are welcome, Sara! Thanks for reading the post. Jac's awesome. I saw the movie last week (woo hoo for a free screening!) and Jac and I will be doing another post about the movie in the next week or so, after she's seen it as well.

Sara said...

Lucky you! I'm going to post about the movie too (next weekend probably), so I'll link to your post too!

a. fortis said...

Excellent booklists! What a great post. I still need to get around to reading Nick & Norah, though...

Sara said...

Thank you, a. fortis! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it -- I obviously loved it, but I know how hard it is to find time to read everything! That pile of books to read just keeps growing and growing.

anne. said...

Everyone's already said this, but honestly, THANK YOU for putting this list of recommendations up.

Two thumbs up for The Messenger & Looking for Alaska :]

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