When two of the best YA authors team up, hopes are high, and Cohn and Levithan more than meet them.

Nick is the only straight guy in a "queercore" band. Norah is the straight-edge daughter of a punk-loving record exec. They meet at a gig, Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend "for five minutes," and an all-night journey begins. By sunrise, Nick and Norah will have fallen out of love and found themselves and each other.

The writers do an excellent job of creating a New York City story over the course of one night. The relationship is so good and real that the pages go by too quickly. (May, 192 pp., $16.95, ISBN: 0375935312, 14 and up, HC)

Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris