Friday 3 March 2017

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

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!

Review: This is another one of those that has been on my TBR for a while now, I even have 2 copies of it, that's how much I wanted to read it, but I really struggled with this book and I feel a little let down by these characters. I have loved everything else that I've read by these two authors and so I really thought I was going to love this one. Plus this book is set in New York, probably one of my all time favourite settings. Whilst there was definitely some interesting description of the Washington park area and the Waverly Place area, it was a little lacking in the Big Apple for me.

I found the range of characters quite difficult to follow. There are an abundances of Bruces which meant I had trouble keeping up with them and then there are various love interests and friends of Naomi and Ely to keep track of too and I just wasn't sure who I was supposed to be liking and who I wasn't. The main characters themselves strike me as entitled brats. Now I'm not the type of person who has to like a character to be able to think a book is wonderful. Those characters we love to hate are just as much fun as those we want to keep as our best friends, but when you're trying to vouch for someone to get you through a book but both main character rub you up the wrong way because they are so needy and bitchy and unforgiving, then there's a little bit of a problem.

Obviously I loved the high level of Starbucks in this book, that was a definite plus for me. I like the fact that Naomi has visited lots of Starbucks and there's a whole chapter entitle Starbucks that lists what she likes about them. I like that the whole thing starts with her waiting for Ely in a Starbucks but I don't think I would recommend this book to people based on just that fact. On the whole I really struggled with this book but I'm hoping that I will find out a little more about these characters by watching the film which I am about to do now. Not a book for me and not something I would recommend you read.

If you'd like to form an opinion of your own, you can get your copy here.

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