Saturday, May 30, 2009

YA book I'm Reading Right Now: Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List

I'm back into YA fiction and I'm reading the hip and heartfelt Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan, who wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. This book is in the same vein with Cohn and Leviathan writing alternate chapters and star-crossed teenagers with good taste in music. This time, however, Naomi and Ely can never be a couple because Ely's gay. Since they both have similar taste in boys, they devised a Do Not Kiss List of boys that are off-limits, but Ely breaks the rule when he kisses Naomi's boyfriend, Bruce the Second. ( There's a Bruce the First, a likable, if slightly pathetic, character who has an unrequited crush on Naomi).

Naomi deals with the betrayal by cutting Ely and Bruce the Second out of her life, but it's not so easy for her to let Ely go. How does she deal with her own unfulfilled crush on Ely? How does Bruce the Second feel about his changing emotions about who he is? How does Ely earn Naomi's trust again? You have to read this fun and sweet book to find out.

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