Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // Where the Notes somewhat touched my Heart

Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 336, Ebook
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Amulet Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (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.


Sooooo, yes I am that 1% of the population on this galaxy who didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I have mostly read rave reviews of this book but this book just did not click with me. It’s the classic case of it’s me, not you I guess. Like, I do not completely dislike this book but there are simply stuff that I found lacking. 😦

Anyhoooo, this is going to be a smol list post review!

When Jordan’s parents decide to pull her out of her school due to the lack of funds and her not getting on any show due to her different voice, she asks for one last chance. And that chance comes in the form of a group known as Sharpshooters. But here’s the catch. It’s an all boy band. The fun begins when she auditions in the disguise of a male and gets into the band!

What I Enjoyed:

  • The gender bender aspect. This kind of plot is always fun to read about although it was a bit cliched (Or maybe I’ve simply watched too many K-Dramas like this!). A woman dressing up like a man in order to pursue her passion. The thrill of hiding, despite everything trudging through to achieve one’s dream, I really loved this aspect in this book.
“Sometimes, good intentions couldn’t do a thing except make you feel less alone, and sometimes that was enough.”
  • It was diverse. Our main protagonist Jordan is a bisexual Chinese-American girl who slowly discovers her sexuality throughout the book.
  • The characters. Each one of them was unique, I enjoyed the Sharpshooters as a whole, they were fun as well as serious about their music. I especially enjoyed Issac and Jordan’s friendship.
“Life’s not a Greek tragedy.’
After a long second, I shrugged. ‘I mean, if you didn’t sleep with your mom by mistake, that’s fine, but don’t go around acting all superior to the rest of us.”
  • It was humorous. This book definitely had its funny moments and I found myself laughing out loud during those particular scenes.

What I didn’t Enjoy:

  • It was boring at times. Sometimes I felt that the plot was moving nowhere. It was the same stuff all over again.
  • The romance. Although it’s an M/F romance, I wanted more depth in the relationship between the two characters which we didn’t get to see much. More development, more feelings and stuff ya know…
“It’s too simple to hate the people who have doorways where you have walls”
  • We didn’t get enough of Trav. Why Oh Why?? I didn’t exactly dislike the guy, no far from that, I actually thought he was going to be the main lead since he was brooding intense guy and he was the first one to capture my attention. Anyway, I wanted to know more about him, his backstory, what happened in the future but unfortunately, I didn’t get that. I wanted that soooo badly!! 😦

Overall, Noteworthy was a good read, it just didn’t leave any long-lasting impression on me. I just couldn’t connect with it but it’s definitely a book worth giving a try. I do not regret reading this book by any means, Jordan was a beautiful character and I loved her journey of how she discovers and accepts herself. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? Or is it in your tbr??