A New York Public Library 2017 Best Books for Teens selected title! 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. But 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.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Riley Redgate graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with a degree in economics. Noteworthy is her second novel. She currently lives and writes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit the author at rileyredgate.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
ordan is an Asian-American bisexual junior in a performing arts private school, who has a bad string of luck with auditions. Mainly, despite being in the theater program, she isn't getting cast. The director cites her deep singing voice as the reason and, desperate for a reason to stay, she cross-dresses and auditions for one of the school's famous all-boy a capella groups, the Sharpshooters. And she gets in. This book is a joy from start to end. It's funny, it put on on the edge of my seat a couple of times, and I read the last 200 pages instead of sleeping, which is always a good sign. In terms of queer rep, I was very pleased. Jordan comes to terms with her bisexuality here, having the inkling that it could be true previously. I liked how this made it less of a coming-out book, but it still felt real to the awkward high school phase of flip flopping between "I'm straight" and "I'm queer." Jordan was also not the only queer person on page. Possibly more importantly, in regards to queer representation, several times the book discusses how gender plays into all this, as Jordan is not a trans man, but a cis woman. I am glad that the book did not only mention it once, but had it as a continuous thought int he back of Jordan's head. I also have to commend the book for the male friendships. The majority of the book focuses on how Jordan and the rest of the Sharpshooters are together It definitely captures aspects of preforming that you can understand, even if you just did theater for fun. This book is so, so much fun, I definitely recommend it.
OMG, I didn't get to SLEEP until 2 am, this book was so spectacular! Typically I'm a fantasy fan but this book, I had to go out of my typical genre to read it!!! With secrets and friendship bonds forged and tested, identity crises and romance, family issues and self-esteem being rebuilt, Noteworthy is bound to please the pickiest book reader out there!
pooled ink Reviews: NOTEWORTHY is a glaringly realistic window into the world that is much needed on the teen shelves in bookstores today. Both a drama and a humorously wild tale of a cappella, brotherhood, and finding one’s way in the world no matter the obstacles stacked against you. Jordan’s charade gives this book a nod to Twelfth Night, which I loved and it added to both the drama and the humor of the overall story. I definitely enjoyed this book overall (I absolutely died laughing when she breaks the window and and contemplates jestingly if she’s a wizard) but to be honest there were just a few too many stupid decisions to win me over. Surely Jordan/Julian can’t be that careless and stupid, right? And yet… But yes, overall it was a thoroughly entertaining book (: **Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
I wasn't expecting to enjoy NOTEWORTHY as much as I did, but Jordan's voice sucked me in from page one. She's clever and eloquent, when she's not tripping over her own words in a way that I think most teenagers can relate to, and she's also incredibly funny. From the opening line about how Mondays are the worst time to have an existential crisis, I found myself giggling over random passages--something I almost never do. The friendships that arise between Jordan and the other members of the Sharpshooters, the a capella group she becomes part of, are the foundation of the story. The boys mock each other and laugh together, have personality clashes and disagreements, but they always, always support each other. I liked the boys all equally, which is a hard thing for most authors to accomplish when they're writing ensemble casts, and the scenes where they're hanging out or rehearsing or scheming against their a capella rivals were some of my favorites. All that said, this isn't just a story about a capella and cross-dressing. NOTEWORTHY explores questions of income disparity, racial dynamics, and gender privilege without ever straying too far from the over-arching narrative. Jordan contemplates how disingenuous it is to be borrowing resources meant for trans-people in order to maintain her disguise, especially as a cisgendered girl, and how uncomfortable she often feels about it. She discovers her own bisexuality, and struggles with how her attraction to other people is perceived when she's passing as male vs. female. She's acutely aware of her minority status, both as a Chinese-American girl and a scholarship student, among her overwhelmingly white, wealthy peers. The odds are stacked against her at every turn and they were long before she disguised herself as a boy to try and earn a place in the Sharpshooters, which is what makes the story, and the ending in particular, so satisfying. If you like contemporary YA that's entertaining AND thought-provoking, you need to give NOTEWORTHY a shot.
Riley Redgate is so cool. Her love and knowledge of music is totally obvious with this book. So much love!