Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Review also available on my blog!



Any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring and wonderful as any great romance.
Naomi and Ely have been best friends forever. 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 - and the resulting fallout is going to shake up the world! - Goodreads

Title: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Genre: Young adult-romance-contemporary
Published: July 3rd 2014
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating4 of 5 stars
The Book Depository


Hi guys!

If you've read my review of another book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, then you'll understand that I went into this book with a bit of trepidation. I found the style of Nick and Norah's Infinite playlist tricky to read and hard to understand and I was worried that this book would have the same style. However, immediately once I began reading I feel right into the style. The use of emoticons I found really reflected this teenage generation obsession of technology. The style was easy to read and felt like I was in the heads of each of these characters, who all have problems, like everyone does. Also, I thought the use of several different points of view might make the reader feel distant from the characters but I enjoyed the different perspectives on the same situations. It gives the reader deep insights into many characters, and I found the development of every character very refreshing, rather than just the main characters and the background ones.

I loved the plot of this book. It dealt with some really interesting ideas. Naomi being in love with Ely but Ely being gay and kissing her boyfriend and how their friendship changes. The character development through this plot is superb. And because Naomi and Ely's friendship is such a big thing that it affected everyone in their building and their general vicinity, it is wonderful seeing the development of all the characters.

For a short read this book had great pacing as well, wasn't too rushed or too slow. I felt as if everything happened as it should have done and the ending didn't feel odd or unexpected.

Overall, this was a lovely short book about friendships, relationships and coming of age. A gorgeous contemporary read.

4 stars.

What did you think of this book? :)

-Molly

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