The Book You NEED // ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books For Young Readers
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: A cappella just got a makeover.
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.
 
If you want to avoid my long rambling review below this book, I’ll just give you this: 

NOTEWORTHY IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME-SAUCE* AND YOU NEED TO HAVE BEEN READING IT YESTERDAY.

However, if you’re unconvinced by someone who uses the word *Awesome-Sauce, let me tell you what I LOVED about this book to call that:

1.       JORDAN SUN IS AMAZING. I connected with her INSTANTLY because well, of this line: I spent half my life whipping up apologies on behalf of my mouth which I considered to be kind of a separate person from me as a person. I, Jordan Sun, valued levelheadedness… Jordan Sun’s Mouth did not care about these things. She was all sass, in a deadpanning, intellectual way, she did not hesitate to go after what she wanted, and she was struggling so much with who she was, her family and her place that I FELL IN LOVE.

2.       The Sharpshooters (the a-capella group) was SO MUCH FUN. While it was a little confusing to remember who everyone was at the beginning, I truly began to love this all boy (and one girl) group of singers! Issac, Nihal and Trav were my favourites!

3.       THE DIVERSITY! Jordan Sun is Asian and Bisexual. One of the Sharpshooters is Indian. This book tackles gender roles SO WELL, handles being a Sikh (an Indian Religion. See also: Sikhism) EVEN BETTER (I was SO HAPPY that religion was touched upon slightly, and also DONE WELL, because religions are a huge part of life in India and IT WAS AMAZING SEEING IT PROPERLY REPRESENTED!)

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4.       THE FACT THAT THIS WAS A BOOK ABOUT A CAPELLA: I don’t think I’ve EVER read one before (how strange is that) and while I love the Pitch Perfect movies, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT! Side Note: A lot of this music is AVAILABLE to listen on Riley Redgate’s website, and you should DEFINITELY check it out!

5.       THE HAZING AND THE PRANKS: While this wasn't a very important part of the book, it definitely made it feel more fun and also more real! The rivalry between the Sharps and the Minuets (their rival a capella group) was such fun to read about!


An amazing diverse read, filled with just the right amounts of light heartedness in the midst of tackling important issues – you guys NEED to be reading Noteworthy. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you think and most importantly… it will make you want to sing! 5 stars.
Riley RedgateRiley Redgate speaks exclusively in third person, so this works nicely. She loves horror films, apocalyptic thunderstorms, and the Atonement soundtrack. When writing author bios, she feels as if she is crafting some weirdly formal Tinder profile. She plans someday to start a melodramatically epic rock band named Millennial Filth. Until then, she writes acoustic singer-songwriter stuff, also novels.
Who are some of your favourite a capella groups? 
Have you seen the Pitch Perfect movies? What did you think of them? 
Are there some really good a capella YA books out there? I'd love to read all your recommendations!

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