Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine…until Bruce.
Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But when Ely kisses Bruce, the result is a rift of universal proportions. Can these best friends come back together again? Or will this be the end of Naomi and Ely: the institution?
**SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT**
I actually suspected this book would be a lot worse than it ended up being after reading Cohn and Levithans previous collaboration – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
I found that the whole situation between Naomi and Ely was slightly childish and could have been resolved a lot quicker had they been slightly less stubborn. To be perfectly honest, Naomi was very hard to actually like as a character; right from the beginning sentence, “I lie all the time,” she struck me as a rather unpleasant character with not much going for her at all. One of her only redeeming features was her naïvety and unconditional love for all things Ely – I found that Leviathan and Cohn portrayed the love against friendship theme very well and the little twist of Ely actually being gay was a brilliant idea as it only added to the effect.
I have to say that at times the multiple point of view way the book was written was annoying as there were points where the story just didn’t fit together correctly – though I found that in a way, it made the story seem more real and gave the plot multiple dimensions which helped fill in the blanks that some one POV stories have.
One of the things I actually thoroughly enjoyed was the ending, I liked the fact that although unrealistically, they came to their final conclusions around the same time and ended the whole affair. I enjoyed reading Ely’s revelations as he questioned some really relevant points (the details of which I will leave out for the sake of people who are interested in reading the book) and managed to come to the right conclusions.
Overall, the book had a great theme of friendship and how sometimes, compromise is the only way out of difficult situations. However the general execution of it could have been a lot better as a lot of the time, the book just made me sit there like :
As it had so much potential that was wasted on arguments and unnecessary f-bombs etc etc….
Nonetheless, if you like books about LGBT characters and friendship, I would recommend reading it, though personally, I do not see myself visiting the land of Naomi and Ely again in the nearest future.
My rating : 2.5/5 stars
“And for that moment, my heart is lifting too fast to be scared of falling.”
-Bruce the Second