Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn Book Review

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Either this book’s writing style was too hard for me to enjoy or it really was just that bad. Because honestly, I’ve read tons of books and I haven’t even once found any difficulty understanding what the author’s trying to say. I’ve read Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares which is also written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and it was brilliant. The problem was with the story itself; it didn’t even exist. Too many redundant POVs, too many pointless words and sentences, too ludicrous puns and jokes. So here’s the 230-pages-book in a couple of my own words:
Naomi and Ely are basically soulmates. Naomi is in love with Eli who, in fact, just recently came out. But because they’re best friends, it’s easy for Naomi to lie to herself and believe that they have a shot at being together someday. Oh, but she has a boyfriend. And Elyaccidentally kissed that boyfriend. And what do you know, Naomi *breaks up* with Ely because he kissed her boyfriend, yeah, the one she doesn’t give two shits about? That one. But then her friend Robin, tells Naomi that she can’t fantasize about Ely, because he’s gay, and he’d never like her back the way she does. And God, what do you know, suddenly, Naomi probably opens her browser and googles what “gay” means and finally understands that Ely’s actually likes boys and that her fantasy of what they could’ve become in the future is only that; a F-A-N-T-A-S-Y (I didn’t make this up, that’s basically written in the book). And so, Naomi meets up with Ely, who realized that love and friendship are actually hard and not easy, and they make up and live happily ever after in their world of utter cliches and futile puns. (the movie is just as bad, and I’m sorry for spoiling the book for you, but trust me when I tell you that I actually did you a favor)




Naomi ♥ Ely

And she’s kinda in love with him.

Ely ♥ Naomi

But he prefers to be in love with boys.

Naomi and Ely have been inseparable since childhood—partially because they’ve grown up across the hall from each other in the same Manhattan apartment building, and also because they’re best friends. Soul mates. Or are they? Just to be safe, they’ve created a NO KISS LIST—their list of people who are absolutely off-kissing-limits for both of them. The NO KISS LIST protects their friendship and esnures that nothing will rock the foundation of Naomi and Ely: the institution.

Until Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend. And a fateful piece of gum in the wrong place at the wrong time changes everything.

Soon a rift of universal proportions threatens to destroy their friendship, and it remains to be seen whether Naomi and Ely can find their way toward new soul-mate prospects… and back to one another.

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story about love of all kinds, one that reminds us that any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring, and wonderful as any great romance.


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