Monday, December 20, 2010

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

Naomi both loves and is in love with Ely. Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with other boys. They have a No Kiss List of people neither of them can kiss - a kind of insurance against a drama breaking them up.

There's no reason to put Naomi's boyfriend, Bruce, on the list. But when Ely kisses Bruce, no No Kiss List can prevent their break up.

The bright and minimalistic cover of this book was what first got my attention, and that I'd already read a novel co-authored by David Levithan (Will Grayson Will Grayson) is what grew me to pick it up.

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List was quirky, funny, and explored so many different relationship dynamics, due to all the different perspectives offered. There was the straight girl in love with her gay best friend. There was the seemingly straight boy falling in love with his girlfriend's male best friend. I'd go on, but you get the picture.

The characters felt unique from one another, with realistic and well-developed personalities. Their voices were easily distinguishable in the alternating first-person perspective.

This book also explored sexuality - realising you aren't as straight as you thought you were, or just being content with your own, no matter how it strains existing relationships. I haven't read a lot of books featuring gay main characters, mainly for the reason that there aren't a lot out there, but after reading this, I might consider seeking out more.

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List is short, having only 240 pages, and is a nice light read. I give it 4 out of 5.

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