After the success of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan teamed up again for another book collaboration which is entitled Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. I saw this on a second-hand bookstore and I was giddy and excited because I expect this book to be as good as Nick and Norah’s. Obviously, the story is about nineteen/twenty-ish Naomi and Ely who are best friends since God knows when. They do a lot of things together and Naomi, who is a girl is secretly in-love with Ely, biologically a male, who loves Naomi too but prefers to be in-love with boys. To protect their friendship, they created a NO KISS LIST™, a list of people they are off-limits to kiss, no matter how adorable their lips are. Everything is alright until Ely kissed Naomi’s boyfriend, Bruce the Second, who is obviously didn’t need to be put in their NO KISS LIST™ but definitely an off-limits to Ely, and then boom, the friendship collapsed. Could these two best of friends be together again?
The book is written in he said, she said format (like Nick and Norah) and I liked to read different character’s point of view but the problem is, the characters are too many which resulted a lot of point of views in the story. Aside from Naomi and Ely, there are characters who are introduced named Bruce the First, Bruce the Second, Robin (the girl), Robin (the boy), Kelly and Gabriel. I wish the authors didn’t use the same name for two persons, it confused me a lot. Naomi, she used too much of wingding-esque symbols in her POV and it’s annoying. Sometimes, I really want to punch those symbols out of the book. About this girl named Kelly, I didn’t understand why KELLY is there. She didn’t even had a direct involvement in the conflict and wasn’t even introduced earlier. My mind just said, ‘who the hell is this Kelly? Who cares about her say?!’. Really, nobody cares. And Gabriel? Who’s the doorman and Naomi’s another love interest, his character in underdeveloped — he just made a mixtape (which is I really liked) about his life but then he disappeared at the end of the book! What a shame, I think he’s a good-looking and a nice guy.
But anyway, it is interesting to read about two people who are of my age (or near my age) who are battling issues of teenage angst, lying, betrayal and trust. People experience that and sometimes we cannot overcome those issues and let the problem just be there and do nothing about it. But with this book, I admire in the end how these two people who are oozing with pride and bitterness able to forgive each other. They love each other after all and they didn’t let their friendship be ruined because of some guy. Love conquers all, you know.
It’s also about Naomi’s failed realization that ELY is a GAY and HE LIKES BOYS.
Book #2 for 2011
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Bookmarks: 2/5 — It’s OK.