This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be–and where the next great band is playing.
Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.
But hey, at least they were characters! No one else had any sort of character development, or was even explained to us properly. Tris played a pretty important role in their love story, but having finished the book I still don’t know a single thing about her. I like to know my characters, is that so wrong? We had Caroline (who I just had to search up to remember her name), who was just a drunk friend, and Thom and Dev, who were gay. I’m not giving you a brief rundown of who they were, that’s all they were. I wanted to know more!
Good writing can generally save me from bad characters. And don’t get me wrong, this was written so well. That’s why I’ve rated this three stars, because some of the writing was beautiful. But the swearing was completely unnecessary. I don’t mind a bit of swearing, because sometimes it works with the kind of book I’m reading. A book where every second work begins with f? Yeah, no thanks. A lot of the time, they weren’t even feeling particularly strong emotions, they were just swearing for the sake of it. I can’t understand why! Then there were the detailed stories about Norah’s sex life, which I didn’t need to know about. Again, if it’s relevant, go crazy. But it wasn’t relevant, and it seemed to be all she ever thought about. She called herself “straight edged”, then proceeded to tell us about all the sex she had with Tal, her ex, and the things she wanted to do with Nick. I don’t know who this book was aimed at, because stuff like that made it seem like it really wasn’t aimed towards teens.
I’m really incredibly disappointed. I’d recommend the movie, because I loved that. And I’d recommend other books from both the authors. Would I recommend this though? Absolutely not
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