And #9 is... Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan!
I can't believe I didn't read Nick & Norah before this year! Katie told me it was awesome, and she couldn't have been more right- I put it on hold right away, read it in one night, and really enjoyed the movie (Michael Cera rocks), although of course the book was better, which is as it should be!
Nick's a geeky punk band (straight) boy who drives a Yugo and really can't get over Tris, and Norah's a hip New York (straight) girl who's really into the music scene with an Evil Ex she hasn't quite dumped yet who just happens to go to school with Tris. So when Nick spots Tris on the club floor with her new boy toy after his band gets done playing and turns to the girl in flannel next to him that he doesn't even know and asks her to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes, Norah (the girl in flannel) answers by making out with him. And being surprised that he is a really good kisser. Until she realizes that he's Tris's ex, the one who made her (Tris) all those awesome mix tapes that she might have stolen (but is it really stealing if Tris didn't want them anyway?).
Follow one of my favorite fictional couples through one fabulous, music-saturated night in New York as they fall in and out and in and out (and maybe in, again) of love in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Look for Katie's #8 pick tomorrow!
P.S. When you're done with this one, check out Rachel Cohn & David Levithan's second novel together, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, which I also loved! Both authors also have lots of books they've written on their own.