Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan

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From the authors of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist comes Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, the story of two best friends torn apart by one mistake and years of unrequited love.

Naomi and Ely’s friendship was meant to happen. They lived right across the hall from each other in the New York apartments. They were inseparable, even choosing to stay at home and go to the same college.  They joke around, planning where they’re going to get married one day. The flaw: Ely is gay. The other flaw: Naomi really loves him.

From the beginning they created a No Kiss List of boys that neither of them could date. But the one name they didn’t put on there was the one they should have. Bruce the second is Naomi’s boyfriend. And Ely just kissed him. Naomi plays it off as if she doesn’t care, when she’s really finally realizing that Ely could never really be hers creating a rift the could end their friendship for good.

Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan have written several books together, but they also write separately. I enjoy Rachel Cohn’s books better. Gingerbread was the first one I ever read and immediately became one of my favorite books ever. I did read Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan and I liked it, but it was missing something that Rachel Cohn’s stories had. Together, they are a dynamite team creating characters and a world that every teenager would wish they could experience.

I would say Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is for a slightly older audience. I think high schoolers would definitely enjoy it, but it may be a bit too mature for anyone not in high school. It’s a short and fast read and will have any teenager hunting the shelves for more of Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan’s works.

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