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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Recommendation: Noteworthy - Riley Redgate: A Cappella and Crossdressing

In NOTEWORTHY, Jordan struggles with getting accepted in the musical theatre world because she's an Alto 2, and then applies to the male a cappella octet.

What intrigued me: I just heard bisexual. I'm ready.

Quiet and Melancholic

NOTEWORTHY is that kind of quiet bittersweet story that you have to have a sweet spot for. Looking at the cover I was expecting a loud, joke-y book full of puns and fanfares but this is actually quite the opposite. NOTEWORTHY does have its funny moments but at heart this story is very much a coming-of-age contemporary that doesn't sugarcoat anything about growing up.

A lot of the themes are very melancholic in nature, I especially loved reading about Jordan's past relationship and her feelings for her ex-boyfriend. There is so much heart's blood poured into this story that it figuratively drips with authenticity. NOTEWORTHY is one of those books that you have to put down sometimes because it got too real.

I think it's also worth mentioning that this an #ownvoices book about a Chinese girl written by a Chinese author. In general I was very positively surprised by the amount of non-white characters and especially by the depth and care that went into creating them.

A Love Letter to A Cappella

NOTEWORTHY especially impressed me with its nuanced discussion of gender, sexuality, and disability. I certainly didn't expect to find this in this book, but it's absolutely necessary considering that crossdressing is a huge part of the plot, but not necessarily in a trans or drag context. I'm glad that Redgate included a passage about this because this initially worried me when I heard about the book for the first time. Crossdressing is a tricky thing to write about.

I initially picked this up solely for the bisexual representation and was a little disappointed to see that NOTEWORTHY doesn't really discuss Jordan's sexuality a lot.  This is neither a romance nor a story about Jordan and her growing up, in my opinion it's a love letter to a cappella. NOTEWORTHY is set at college and you definitely don't get a break from that while reading this - this is a specific type of book that you need to be prepared for in order not to be caught off guard. While it is very unique, I think NOTEWORTHY absolutely delivers. This is the book for you if you're a singer, if you like a cappella, if you like stories set at college. NOTEWORTHY definitely stands out positively in the world of books about music.





Rating:

★★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

NOTEWORTHY reads like a love letter to a cappella and is a fairly quiet and calm type of Contemporary. If you enjoy these kinds of books, I urge you to read this one. With the nuanced discourse of sexuality, gender, and disability, this book is one of a kind.



Additional Info

Published: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 336
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781419723735

Synopsis:
"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."
(Source: Goodreads)


What's your favorite Contemporary?

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

20 Upcoming 2017 YA Books About Girls Who Like Girls: 70s Feels, Jewish Teens, and Performing Mermaids | #DiversityBoost




2017 is a fantastic year for everyone who loves to read about sapphic women! I'll be buying many of these fantastic books. 

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf and add all those fantastic books to your TBR!









THE CURSED QUEEN - Sarah Fine
The sequel to THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN featuring a protagonist that wields ice and fire magic. (Jan 3rd, 2017, Margaret K. McElderry) Goodreads

THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN - Ellen Hopkins
A girl finds out she's been kidnapped by her dad and her mother isn't dead but has been searching for her ever since. (Jan 24th 2017, Margaret McElderry Books) Goodreads

OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE - Robin Talley
A bisexual girl goes on a youth mission trip to Mexico and falls in love. (Jan 31st 2017, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads

WE ARE OKAY - Nina La Cour
A contemporary tackling grief and the power of friendship. (Feb 14th 2017, Dutton Books for Young Readers) Goodreads



10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE - Carrie Mac
A girl with anxiety falls in love with a girl that's not scared of anything. (Feb 28th 2017, Afred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers) Goodreads

QUEENS OF GEEK - Jen Wilde
A bisexual girls falls in love during Comic Con. (Mar 14th 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads





MEG & LINUS - Hanna Nowinski
When a girl breaks up with her girlfriend she gets invested in getting her best friend together with his boy crush. (Apr 18th 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads

NOTEWORTHY - Riley Redgate
A bisexual girl in a capella camp! (May 2nd 2017, Amulet Books) Goodreads



HOW TO MAKE A WISH - Ashley Herring Blake
A bisexual abuse survivor falls in love with a girl that's struggling with grief. (May 2nd 2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Goodreads


RAMONA BLUE - Julie Murphy
From the author of DUMPLIN' comes a novel set in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (May 9th 2017, Balzer + Bray) Goodreads


THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS - Lauren Karcz
Set in a mysterious gallery that combines painting with magic, a Latina falls in love. (July 25th 2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

LITTLE & LION - Brandy Colbert
A bisexual Black and Jewish girl is trying to be there for her stepbrother who's been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she falls in love with his ex-girlfriend. (Aug 2017, Little, Brown Books) Goodreads


DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS - Courtney C. Stevens
A girl comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality. (2017, HarperCollins) Goodreads


(covers not yet revealed but not any less exciting)



RIPTIDE SUMMER - Lisa Freeman
A contemporary set in the 70s about a bisexual surfer girl that secretly spends the nights with another girl (May 2nd 2017, Sky Pony Press) Goodreads

THE SEAFARER'S KISS - Julia Ember
A bisexual retelling of The Little Mermaid. (May 2017, Interlude Press) Goodreads

KISS/KILL - Amy Rose Capetta
A teen wins a Broadway role and falls in love with a lighting designer. (2017, Candlewick) Goodreads

KALEIDOSCOPE SONG - Fox Benwell
Set in South Africa, a girl who loves music falls in love when she sneaks out to see a live radio broadcast. (2017, Simon & Schuster) Goodreads

LIKE WATER - Rebecca Podos
A bisexual girl tries to forget that she may inherit a genetic illness by becoming a performing mermaid. (2017, Balzer and Bray) Goodreads

THE CERULEAN - Amy Ewing
In a sapphic Utopia everyone has three mothers and a girl is sacrificed every 100 years to be abandoned on a planet. (2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

THAT INEVITABLE VICTORIAN THING - E.K. Johnston
Set in a near-future this is about online dating and has a bisexual protagonist. (2017, Dutton Children's Books) Goodreads



Which one sound the most interesting to you?

More #DiversityBoost:

#DiversityBoost is a monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight diverse books or books by diverse authors. 
I'll periodically be making posts like this, so if you'd like to be in one, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

Previously: 16 Fantastic 2016/17 YA Books by Disabled Authors 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10 Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2017 feat. Riley Redgate, Jeff Zentner & more | Top Ten Tuesday



2017 is such a good year for books. There are so many fantastic novels that I'm looking forward in the first half only that I just have to share.




CARAVAL - Stephanie Garber
I've never seen a book get so hyped such a long time before its release before and I can't wait to hold a finished copy in my hands. (Jan 31st 2017, Flatiron Books) Goodreads

DEFY THE STARS - Claudia Gray
After finishing her excellent Firebird trilogy I would've bought anything she'd release next at this point. I like robots, so hey let's go. (Apr 4th 2017, Little Brown Books) Goodreads

10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE - Carrie Mac
A f/f love story with a protagonist that has anxiety! Come on my shelf right now! (Feb 28th, Henry Holt) Goodreads



GOODBYE DAYS - Jeff Zentner
My god, that blurb. A boy kills his three best friends in a car crash. I want this heartbreaking lil book on my shelf asap. (March 7th, Crown Books) Goodreads

QUEENS OF GEEK - Jen Wilde
I've been waiting for this book for ages. A bisexual love triangle set at comic con! Need! (March 14th 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads

WAKING GODS (Sleeping Giants #2) - Sylvain Neuvel
SLEEPING GIANTS was the cause of the worst reading slump I've had in months. Ancient robots from outer space, Round #2. Can't wait. (Apr 4th 2017, Del Rey) Goodreads



NOTEWORTHY - Riley Redgate
A bisexual protagonist in acapella camp! Gimme! (May 2nd 2017, Amulet Books) Goodreads


ROMANCING THE THRONE - Nadine Jolie Courtney
Sisters competing for a prince! Am I getting THE SELECTION vibes? Need! (May 30th 2017, Katherine Tegen Books) Goodreads

INTERNET FAMOUS - Danika Stone
One more story by Danika Stone centered around fandoms and bloggers! Yas! (June 6th 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads


TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY - Kathryn Ormsbee
Bloggers and an asexual lead. Honestly my most anticipated release of 2017. (June 6th 2017, Simon & Schuster) Goodreads


Which books are you looking forward to the most in 2017?

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