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  Booklist Review

NYU freshmen Naomi and Ely have been BFF's since the cradle. Their friendship has even survived an affair between Naomi's dad and one of Ely's moms. But all that changes when Ely impetuously kisses Bruce, Naomi's boyfriend. When Bruce decides he wants to be with Ely, Naomi is forced to confront the romantic feelings she's always had for her best friend, despite their shared preference for boys. Naomi's chapters are littered with icons that are more distracting than engaging, but teens will be be burning the CD playlists swapped between characters even before the book ends. Told in a chorus of first-person voices, including Naomi and Ely as well as friends who are forced to choose sides, this loquacious relationship tale will date quickly, but that won't keep the authors' legions of fans from wanting it yesterday. What is timeless is Ely's hard won epiphany: Things that matter are not easy . . . Saying you're friends is easy. Being friends is not. --Hubert, Jennifer Copyright 2007 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Working in multiple voices, each as clear and as sharp as an iMix, Cohn and Levithan return to tell the story of Naomi and Ely, who have lived across the hall from each other in the same Greenwich Village apartment house since childhood, and are now both at NYU. Naomi is straight, beautiful, bitchy and deeply hurting (her mom has taken to anti-depressants and bed since her dad left after an affair with one of Ely's moms). They are inseparable friends until Ely, pretty and witty, breaks the no-kiss rule and falls for Naomi's sort-of boyfriend (Bruce the Second), who falls back. Not only are there two Bruces, but there are two Robins, too, identified by gender icons. There are a lot of rebus-like icons in use in the text, a certain amount of contemporary language, a great deal of longing (but no sex) and kissing. Perhaps the best scene is the male Robin's un-paragraphed stream-of-consciousness guy monologue on how he wants the female Robin to want him back. A brilliant tour-de-force--funny, sweet, sly and sexy. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Now a motion picture starring Victoria Justice!<br> <br> From the New York Times bestselling authors of NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, NAOMI AND ELY'S NO KISS LIST is the quintessential Girl-Likes-Boy-Who-Likes-Boys story. <br> <br> Naomi and Ely are best friends. Inseparable since childhood. Naomi is straight. Ely is gay. Naomi dates guys who she claims to like. They're okay, but she likes Ely more.<br> <br> To protect their feelings, Naomi and Ely created a No Kiss List--a list of people neither of them is allowed to kiss under any circumstances. Naomi's latest boyfriend Bruce isn't on that list. But he probably should have been. Because when Ely kisses Bruce, it breaks Naomi's heart. The result? A rift of universal proportions. Can these best friends come together again, or will this be end of Naomi and Ely: the Institution?<br> <br> Told in alternating voices using an array of emoticons and symbols by co-authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), NAOMI AND ELY'S NO KISS LIST is the ultimate offbeat story about leaving room for every kind of love.<br> <br> <br> From the Hardcover edition.
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