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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2007)

by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

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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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I really liked Ely's story a lot. I'd read a sequel about him. I found it difficult to read Naomi's chapters because of the images/emojis, but it created an immersive mood too. I'm surprised by so many negative reviews since this is just a light read with flawed characters and didn't set out to be anything else. ( )
  amybear | May 8, 2021 |
This book is a mess. Too many POVs - including some from otherwise irrelevant characters - and rambling, confusing accounts in about 50% of the chapters, letting you know exactly which author wrote what ;) The windings-esque elements of Naomi's chapters are particularly irritating.

There is a plot here, but it's hidden beneath a self-indulgent, unappealing tangle of words. Cut to half the size and it may have been bearable. Although... perhaps not. The characters would still be unlikeable.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
We should all have our own damn souls. ( )
  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
Just read John's review and thought: Gee, thanks for using such wonderful terms as "retarded" and "moron", you must be such a caring person to use such derogatory terms. ( )
  The-Social-Hermit | May 8, 2018 |
[review written 2011]

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List was the second David Levithan and Rachel Cohn novel I have ever read, and I must say, it was quite as good as Dash and Lily. I loved it. Naomi’s writing with the symbols was great, Gabriel the Hot Doorman (I pictured Aaron Tveit) writing with songs narrating it … it was quite easy to tell their writing styles from each other, which marks talent, because usually first-person viewpoints that switch between two characters is hard enough for me. To be able to tell viewpoints between five, six characters, that was amazing.

It was also really funny, and I had a giggle fit at Ely showing the bouncer his dick in the middle of class, which lead to awkwardness. All in all, it was a great book. If you are a fan of either Rachel Cohn or David Levithan’s work, it would be a good idea to read this book (and Dash and Lily, and Nick and Norah) because they’re just so amazing. ( )
  jwmchen | Nov 4, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cohn, Rachelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levithan, Davidmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, JesseNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geldberg, NoahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hernandez, RoxanneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heyborne, KirbeyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoppe, LincolnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, MirronNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Young, JudyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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1) Chris Isaak, Graduation day
2) Bette Swane, My heart is closed for the season
3) Belle & Sebastian, Piazza, New York catcher
4) The Jam, The bitterest pill I ever had to swallow
5) Fiona Apple, Criminal
6) Nadal Surf, Blizzard of '77
7) Kristy Maccoll, A new England
8) Bruce Springsteen, It's hard to be a Saint in this city
9) Kurtis Blow, Basketball
10) Shuggie Otis, Inspiration information
11) Grandmaster flash, The message
12) Nina Simone, Ne me quitte pas
13) Jens Lehman, f-word
14) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Walk through the fire
15) Kylie Minogue, Come into my world
16) Elliott Smith, A fond farewell
17) Stevie Wonder, As
18) Merle Haggard, Blue Yodel
19) The Ramones, I wanna be your boyfriend
19a) Prince, If I was your girlfriend
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1) Bon Jovi, livin' on a prayer
4) Britney Spears, you drive me crazy
5) Dixie Chicks, don't waste your heart
7) Green Day, poprocks and coke
8) Destiny's child, bootylicious
11) Belle & Sebastian, asleep on a sunbeam
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