Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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1 out of 5 stars

(spoilers ahead)

Any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring and wonderful as any great romance.

First published in January 2007, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is a young adult novel written as a collaboration between Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It follows the friendship of titular characters Naomi and Ely, how it’s changed and reached a breaking point as they learn how to be apart.

I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I bought it purely because I watched the film adaptation on Netflix and loved it. In many cases, I have enjoyed the source material more than the film adaptation but this was the exception that proved the rule. This book was desperately bad.

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