LGBTQIA+ YA – so important and fun. But which is our favorite and why? That was the question posed to us BroodyBFFs for the third challenge, as well as to celebrate Pride Month!! Mine is Noteworthy by Riley Redgate – so, here’s my review for that!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Release Date: May 3rd, 2017
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.
I loved this book. I loved it a lot. Looking for a good book about gender, sexuality, race, and class? This is the book for you. LOVED Pitch Perfect? This is the book for you. YA Contemporary nerd? This is the book for you. Human being? This is the book for you. It’s so important. And really damn good. I don’t know how to properly review this book. It was just. Really good. And meaningful. My only complaint was that the book dealt with the main character figuring out that she was bi, but she ended up with a guy at the end. This isn’t a huge issue, but I would have liked to see her with a girl, exploring those feelings in a relationship. Other than that, I just loved this book.
Buy it on Amazon HERE.