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.
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.