Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Fiction, LGBT
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.
In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.
Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.
I asked for this book from Netgalley just to try out because I never read any book talking about a Cappella before. But to be honest, for some reason, it wasn’t appealing to me. I had never heard of the author, and I didn’t expect to be anything special. But after some time of having it, I finally got to read it.
This book is freaking amazing. I love the characters, I love how interesting and unexpected it is. And I love the writing. And to make it even better, I loved the humor!
The story is about Jordan, a Chinese-American with a scholarship to an incredible fancy boarding school of arts. Even with the scholarship, the school is still very expensive since it equates to Harvard. And Jordan’s family is anything but rich. But if that wasn’t already a problem, she hasn’t had much luck in her course either. She faces rejection after rejection for musical parts because of her Alto 2 range. And that’s what makes her do an impulsive and complicated decision. She disguises herself as a boy and becomes a Tenor for the a capella group “Sharpshooters”.
This book explores sexuality, race, wealth, and injustice. The book makes mention to transgender, homosexuality, and bisexuality, in an incredibly interesting and unique way. However, Jordan is not transgender, she merely crossdressers to fit in a world that has too many “should be’s”. Jordan is an incredible character, that never stopped surprising me and I loved every bit of friendship in this book! The Sharpshooter 100% friendship goals. All the characters felt very realistic and warm. I loved them with all my heart and that was probably the thing I most loved about this book.
The book has a lot of humor, but in a way that is purely funny, not offensive, and it deals with a lot of important themes. The writing is incredibly captivating and genuinely beautiful, and I can’t wait to read more from the author!
This is a heartful book that I would recommend to everybody. It shows courage, commitment, and friendship in a unique way and it will make you want to be part of the book! Really, just go read it!
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