Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Naomi and Ely have been bestfriends since childhood. Having grown up in the same building right across each other, they have been inseparable. They have shared everything including their admiration for hot guys which is why they have written their No Kiss List – to make sure they know their boundaries and keep their friendship intact forever. Everything was perfect not until Ely confesses to have kissed Naomi’s boyfriend, that’s when the foundation got rocky. It is a story about friendship, young love and teen angst. Would friendship prevail or could one small mistake destroy a friendship that had lasted their lifetimes?
The book was written in multiple POV (Points of view), although this is not new to avid readers, I think it was just too much. The story shifted from every possible character’s points of view and sometimes it gets a little confusing and I felt that there was just too much going on. It would have been better if the story revolved on Naomi, Ely and Bruce the 2nd’s characters since I think their POVs would have been the most essential. The other character’s (especially He-Robin’s and Gabriel’s) POVs were somewhat a waste of time and paper, the story would have gone smoother if their chapters were replaced.
Setting the writing style aside, I think the story was unique because I don’t get to read a novel about a girl-gay friendship often. It is really amusing to see how strong their tie is since they have known each other forever. Although the plot was the very basic friends over love, it showed how they value their friendship. It was also somewhat realistic that both Naomi and Ely knew that after everything that has happened, their friendship will now be different but not entirely over. They know their faults and own up to it; they move on and live their lives separately, independently.