Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375844409
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Levithan, David


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Dec 27, 2017

This was nowhere near as good as Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist or Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. The best part of this book is how the friendships are as complex and meaningful as romantic pairings. However, the rest of the book is not good. The whole premise of the No Kiss List makes no sense to begin with. Naomi has got to be the most naive native New Yorker ever. She thinks Ely will just stop being gay one day so he can marry her. The names really annoyed me too. There's Boy Robin and Girl Robin. Bruce the First and Bruce the Second, plus a bunch of other people with Bruce in their name. I expected so much more from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan!

May 30, 2013

I really have enjoyed this book, but I agree with the other reviewers that this isn't one of their best works.

Mar 17, 2012

I liked how in this book their were many different narrators, but it focused mostly on Naomi and Ely. I liked how each narrator had lots of personality.

JasmineAurora Feb 18, 2012

Rachel Cohn and David Levitham are both amazing authors and I liked this book but they've written much better books together.

Jan 09, 2012

Of the three books written by these authors, I found this one to be the least satisfying. That being said, it is still a pretty good book. Their other books seemed to be books that either males or females would enjoy but this one put so much of an emphasis on the love story, and not nearly as much emphasis on music, adventure, or otherwise that I would say that is book came across as much more like chick lit then I thought it was meant to. That being said, the character's were well written. I especially loved the character of Ely.


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May 05, 2014

Sexual Content: Gross jokes and it is said that Ely f&rs- f**ks and runs

May 05, 2014

Coarse Language: Tons

Dec 26, 2009

Coarse Language: Use of common expletives typical to urban teens.


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Dec 08, 2011

It's a total lie to say there's only one person you're going to be with for the rest of your life. If you're lucky - and if you try really hard - there will always be more than one. (pg. 230)

Dec 08, 2011

There's no such thing as a soulmate...and who would want there to be? I don't want half of a shared soul. I want my own damn soul. I think I'm going to learn to appreciate the word 'close'. Because that's what Naomi and I are. We're close. Not all the way there. Not identical. Not soulmates. But close. Because that's as far as you should ever get with another person: very very close. That's what a want with Bruce too. I want to be close. It's bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They're not. They're just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close. (pg. 224)

Dec 08, 2011

As one great man wrote, 'I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, that has always been enough.' - Nicholas Sparks (pg.151)


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