Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

31447601It’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.

Thoughtful, funny, diverse could I ask for more from a book? 5/5 stars

Noteworthy is the story of Jordan, an asian american bi sexual teen attending a school for the arts, Jordan is strong, sure of herself, and has great morals. She genuinely kind and thinks all of her actions through and how it affects others.

When Jordan can’t land a part in a theater production she starts to become disheartened with school and how she’s going to make her college applications standout from 1000’s of others. When her teacher comments on her singing she starts to think about what this means to her as an artist, unexpectedly she receives an email for a casting call for a new position in The Sharps a cappella group. The Sharps have been around for years, an all male singing group that competes against in school groups. This years prize is a Europe tour with a famous a cappella group and it’s the perfect thing for Jordan, the only problem is she’s a she.

Jordan decides to go, dressed as a guy she auditions and gets the part and we let the adventures begin.

Noteworthy is a story of friendship, moral debate, family struggles, dreams, rejections, biased school admin, and of sticking together.

The thing that really makes this story are The Sharpshooters, 8 people all come together from different walks of life’s not only to sing together but to support each other, muck around, laugh, make mistakes, forgive. The characters are all so well defined and important in each way. We see a lot of back story on them and it’s never too much, we so positive female friendships, positive male friendships, positive girl boy friendships basically All the friendships I could have wanted from a book it made my heart sign with happiness.


The reason I loved Jordan so much was her thought process, when dresses as a guy she stumbles upon a transgender website that gives her a tip about how to compress her breasts and she feels wrong. She feels guilty of imitating someones real life changes, she feels bad about imitating trans experiences and explains it all in the book. She goes through conflicting feelings and in so discovers who she is and who she wants to be.

I need more Jordan’s in my books, I need more friendship groups like this, I need more thoughtful and caring characters.

This book is just all types of Amazing and I urge everyone to pick it up, I know I’ll be ordering a hardcover when I can because I will be re-reading this more than once.

Have you read this singing master piece yet? What did you think? Is it on your TBR (because it should be)

thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an e-arc in exchange for a free review.

21 thoughts on “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

  1. I love Jordan for exactly the same reason, haha! The discussion the book had about gender was my favourite thing, it felt like it was the first book about cross-dressing that thought about every way in could go wrong, liking getting your period! Great review! – Maddie x

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    1. She’s just an amazing well rounded character 🙂 The discussion is an amazing part in the book and I couldn’t imagine loving it as much with out it, exactly! There’s so many things to consider and Jordan thinking and looking at her actions and how they can harm others was such a big part of my love for her 🙂 So glad you loved this too! Thank you ❤

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  2. Great review for this book Casey. I’ve already seen a couple of reviews for this book and all of them have been more than positive, and definitely more than enough to convince me I need to add this book to my to-read list ASAP. Basically this book sounds like it has everything I want to see in books; great friendships, great family relationships, and great representation as well. I’m going to have to try and check this out soon, along with Riley Redgate’s first release! 😀
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth! I hope you absolutely love it, the rep is some of my fave and there’s just so much of it and all meshes together so well! I’m really excited to read Rileys first release too it sounds awesome I’m not really into super large MPOV (I think it has 7?)in case I end up hating more then 2 POVs but since I loved Noteworthy so much I trust her xD

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    1. I’m so glad everyones started to yell about how great this book is, it’s just such a good read and the rep is fantastic XD Also signing a Capella? My love of Pitch Perfect was relived so much in this book XD Thanks Kirst ❤

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  3. This sounds absolutely magnificent Casey! I haven’t seen many reviews around for this one but I love the emphasis on strong, positive friendships, sexuality and gender. It sounds lighthearted but with wonderful messages woven throughout. I seen this one up on Netgalley so would love to give it a read before release and preorder a copy. Brilliant review Casey, so glad you enjoyed it ❤

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  4. This book is getting so much positive hype! All the friendships?!?! Yay! I really appreciate when an author not only included F/F friendships, but also M/M friendships and M/F friendships! M/M & M/F friendships are not always given the attention they deserve. You see M/F friendships that turn into love a lot in YA, but I actually appreciate when they don’t… I had all kinds of male friends in school and never had any type of romantic feelings towards them.

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    1. I’m so glad everyone is loving this and it’s getting so much warranted hype, the friend ships were my fave part, we definitly need some more positive platonic friendships in YA, don’t get me wrong I love a good Bestfriend to bf/gf but there’s just something that makes me so happy when I see a great friendship with no romance attached.

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    1. I loved it so much! I’m glad you loved it to, I’m excited to read her debut book and more by her. The issues and how thoughtfully they were shown and explained was one of my fave things, I just can’t wait for this book to be in everyones hands. Thank you Lauren ❤


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