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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just Finished Reading: Noteworthy

Noteworthy
by Riley Redgate

Published on May 2, 2017
by Amulet

Source: eARC from the publisher for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... 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.

My take:  LOVED this. Think Pitch Perfect meets She's The Man.

But this book is way more than just a fluffy story about a girl with a contralto voice who attends a performing arts boarding school. A girl whose voice shuts her out of the typical female musical theater parts. A girl who decides to disguise herself as a guy and audition for an all-male acapella group so she can have her chance on stage.

Noteworthy doesn't just use Jordan's stunt as a plot device, it also takes a hard look at gender roles, stereotypes and expectations; the spectrum of gender and sexual identity and expression; and class issues.

Highly recommend this one!

8 comments:

  1. Been seeing rave reviews on this one! Definitely going to try to pick it up :)

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  2. Yayyy so happy to hear that you enjoyed this one! I've been wanting to pick this one up but I was waiting for the early reviews first. lol!

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  3. Get out of my head! I am posting my review for this tomorrow. We are so in sync these days. =) I also enjoyed this book, and have been really pro books like this, where the protagonist is not putting themselves in a box, but rather, acknowledging they are a work in progress.
    Sam @ WLABB

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  4. This is the first time I hear about this book, so I'll def add it to my TBR!

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  5. I like that this one isn't just fluffy but looks at gender roles and issues as well. Plus it sounds fun. :)

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  6. Sounds like a fun read which covers a lot of deeper themes as well! Also, I love both those movies so this sounds perfect!

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