May 12, 2009

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Cohn and Levithan

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Date Started: May 11, 2009 Date Finished:May 12, 2009
Summary: Naomi is in love with her gay best friend, Ely. Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend and sets off a chain of events that eventually lead to a dissolution of a once strong, life-long friendship that has lasted through the roughest of times. This is a story about growing up and realizing that people love the way they know how, even if it's not the way you would define love. Just because they don't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean that they don't love you.
Likes: At this point (152/240 pages), it's really sad to see friends drifting apart. It's a different kind of drifting that I never had to experience, being that close to people and sharing drawers in their rooms. I like that aspect of the story even though it's a sad aspect. It's very real, the grief that comes when you lose a friend (not through death though). The characters so far are very real, although they are little bit stereotyped. . These characters aren't exactly likable and Naomi is probably one of the most unreliable narrators you'd ever read about. I will be honest and say that I like very few of the characters, but that doesn't make me any less engaged in what is going on in their lives. The story and the characters are engaging. The authors can take unlikable and somewhat annoying characters (Naomi is fucking annoying and a bit insane) and make them interesting to read about. I never thought about giving up on reading about Ely and Naomi's dissolving friendship.
Dislikes: Naomi is annoying. She reminds me of a lot of girls who are just so wrapped up in their own fantasies, that they forget to look out and see reality. She's a real character and interesting to read about, but if this were real life, she'd be the girl that I would go out of my way to ignore. The most interesting characters are the side characters, Naomi and Ely only seem like types to me. Naomi, the bitchy fag hag, and Ely, the stereotypical "queen". The side characters are the only ones that seem to not be put into a role within the story.
Overall: It's an odd little book, but an interesting read. This quote sums it up everything perfectly. "Friendship is love as much as any romance. And like any love, it’s difficult and treacherous and confusing" and this one as well. "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." Such a sweet and odd story, but a cute ending. (sounds vaguely familiar a la Sophomore year drama)

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