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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

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Title:Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Authors:Rachel Cohn
Other authors:David Levithan
Info:Ember (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn (2007)

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This third in a series isn't nearly as strong as the first two. I loved book 1, liked book two and tolerated book 3. Sure it has a lot of pithy one-liners but I found the array of narraters confusing and the dearth of swear words tiresome. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 20, 2014 |
3.5/5 Stars

I honestly struggled with rating this story. The writing deserves 5 stars. The secondary characters were great. I especially loved the chapters with Gabriel and Bruce the First POVs. Unfortunately, I really did not like the two main characters, Naomi and Ely. They did eventually grow on me. I felt frustrated with Ely for thinking he did nothing wrong when he messed around with his best friend's boyfriend. Even if she really did not care for Bruce the Second, Ely did not respect his friendship with Naomi by hitting on her boyfriend. Yes, Naomi was annoying in her obliviousness towards Ely. Yes, she needed a reality check. The dude is gay. Get with the program. Yet, it still does not excuse Ely's behavior. Bruce the Second ticked me off too. He seem to feel no remorse for the fact that he cheated on his girlfriend with her best friend. Hmmm...on the other hand, the struggles and the growth that Naomi, Ely and Bruce the Second went through made the ending tolerable. ( )
  paisean13 | Sep 21, 2013 |
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I really liked all the different viewpoints of this YA Will and Grace, but had a really hard time with the pictures representing words sometimes. ( )
  kcarrigan | Aug 26, 2013 |
Naomi and Ely have been best friends since they can remember. Naomi has been in love with Ely since she can remember and always assumed that they would get married, that is until Ely announced that he would much prefer to marry a boy...but Naomi still thinks that maybe it would work. When Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend, their friendship is over and Naomi starts to realize that her dreams might never come true...but can their friendship at least be saved?

Very angsty, but a quick read and good messages about letting people be who they are instead of who you want them to be. ( )
  agrudzien | Jul 20, 2013 |
Not a whole lot happens in this book. Which is not necessarily a problem, but if there's not much in the way of plot then a book's really got to make up for it in the prose. Unfortunately, that doesn't really happen here.

It's neither funny enough to make you laugh, deep or thoughtful enough to make you think, sensitive enough to make you cry or even fun enough to really want to be around. The language isn't clever enough to make you wish you'd thought of it, and the characters don't inspire me to move to New York. It is a little bit of all these things, and if you're a big Cohn and Levithan fan than why not, but I couldn't in all honestly recommend this book on its own merits. Which is a shame, because it should have been better. All the ingredients were there, but I don't think they were given long enough to simmer.

Try Will Grayson Will Grayson instead, it's loads better. ( )
  tim_halpin | Jun 26, 2013 |
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NAOMI AND ELY ARE BEST FRIENDS. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine - until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of "Naomi and Ely: the institution." Can these best friends come back together again?


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Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.

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