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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,844 ratings  ·  800 reviews
A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her coll
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Emily May
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Monday morning was the worst possible time to have an existential crisis, I decided on a Monday morning, while having an existential crisis.

I *almost* didn't read this. I wasn't sure if it would be too cutesy for me, or focus more on musical technicalities than I have the attention span for. But it was SO GOOD. I had so much fun reading this book! For me, it's another Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Humour is extremely subjective, but this is exactly the kind that speaks to me. I was tenta
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

Noteworthy snuck up on me. It is never a book I would have thought I would love, but I fell head over heals for it. I heard acapella and assumed it wouldn't be for me, but it wound up being one of the funniest and most charming contemporaries that I have read this entire year.

The narration of this book is stellar. It starts in the very first line, and keeps you hooked and laughing to the end. Jordan's voice is self-aware, honest, and so authentic. She has constant fears and anxieties, and
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anxiety
Thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for providing an e-copy for me to review!
This book doesn't come out until May *cries*, so I'll just give you a list of reasons why you NEED to buy this book when it comes out. (But before I do, I would just like to mention that the cover seems a little juvenile for the content of this book, and I wish it had a better one, so keep that in mind. This book is a lot more mature than it seems!)
1. As my dear friend Kirsti (from melbourneonmymind) put it, this i
Whitney Atkinson
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Ignore the awful cover of this book, because it's actually a gem. This book combines the pretentious academic boy group of The Raven Boys with the deeply personal identity questioning and intensely realistic/funny dialogue of Red White & Royal Blue. For a book about music and a capella, this book focused more on the in-between moments and Jordan's growth within the group and within herself, which I thought was so authentic and provided a realistic escape. It's one of those books where I
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Since a lot of the libraries and book shops are closed right now, some of my IRL reader pals and I have been leaving bags of books on each other's doorsteps. This book was in my bag, and it's funny, because I had the opportunity to get an ARC of this when it first came out and I passed it up, because I thought it might be too twee-- but more fool I, because this book was awesome. Thank goodness for all of the positive reviews out there c
I absolutely LOVED this. Like, want-to-reread-it-already kind of loved it.

This doesn't come out until May, so for now here are a bunch of bullet points of stuff I loved about it:
- Asian-American bisexual protagonist
- Who's from an incredibly poor family
- Whose father is a paraplegic
- Who gets her period unexpectedly and has to kludge together a pad out of toilet paper (Giiiiirl. We have all been there.)
- Who has to spend the day with a million dudes while quietly dying from cramps. While prete
This is a very cute YA novel about a teenage Chinese-American scholarship girl attending a privileged East Coast boarding school for performing arts. She's in the theatre stream but constantly missing out on parts in performances because of her low voice. When a vacancy for a singer comes up in one of the school's prestigious all male A cappella groups for a voice with her range she decides to dress as a boy and audition. After nailing the audition she realises she's going to have to live a doub ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Noteworthy is She’s the Man meets Pitch Perfect book with a twist. The story subverted stereotypes and made it even better.

This book single-handedly saved me from my slump. I came in for the LGBT representation and I come back with so much more.

This is such a stellar story, I am struck with the reverberating otherness of the main protagonist Jordan. She’s Chinese American who is taller than most girls. She’s not perfectly comfortable with her skin. Heck, she can’t even land a role in her school
Chelsea slytherink
review also posted on Wordpress! spoiler-free review!

I received an e-ARC from ABRAMS Kids through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Noteworthy was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I am very happy this book didn't disappoint! This is a very enjoyable Young Adult contemporary and much more original, fun and entertaining than a lot of other books I've read in the genre. Though the general course of the story is quite predictable, this book still had me gasping out loud m
lauren ♡
Read this review @ my blog Wonderless Reviews

I received a copy of this book from Amulet Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I FUCKING LOVED THIS BOOK TO PIECES??? I thought I might have found it enjoyable because of all the diverse elements and the concept, but I was not prepared for the affect it was going to have on me. I can almost guarantee that this book will be on my “Fave Books I Read In 2017” post at the end of the year. I annotated pret
J. Bookish
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly allowed to read this wonderful thing early by Netgalley.

This book is so good I have already pre-ordered the physical copy even though I have the eARC file.

As with most books I truly love, I don't even know where to start. What is coherent reviewing, AMIRITE?

I requested this book because it features a girl named Jordan (I'm Jordyn, in case you aren't aware) who is an Alto 2, the deepest female vocal range in music (I also fall into this category). Low female voices are both rare and
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Noteworthy gets a lot right. Truly.

From the Asian-American experience (see: cultural and familial expectations), to self-discovery with sexual fluidity, to the topic at hand in A cappella, the prose is -- dare I say: pitch perfect -- and manages to bring to life a style of music near and dear to my heart.

Whether it provokes thought and feelings or otherwise, every song is its own journey, and what Noteworthy does exceptionally well is take you on the journey of what it's like to be in a vocal e
Jen Ryland
Loved this. Think Pitch Perfect meets She's The Man.

But this book is way more than just a fluffy story about a girl with a contralto voice who attends a performing arts boarding school. A girl whose voice shuts her out of the typical female musical theater parts. A girl who decides to disguise herself as a guy and audition for an all-male acapella group so she can have her chance on stage.

Noteworthy doesn't just use Jordan's disguise as a plot device, it uses her stunt to take an interesting lo
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alones, arcs
I love that a Mulan-type storyline can't be written without some discussion of gender/sexuality, now. The scenes where Jordan questions her intentions with cross-dressing and how it reflects on her bisexuality were some of my favourite moments, because I know they wouldn't have happened five years ago.

Actually seeing male-male friendships that aren't based in 'that girl's a 7' or 'how much do you lift?' was such a breath of fresh air. Getting this outsider-as-insider look at how guy friendships
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
We walk into the next audition heads up and fearless, because no matter how many times we've heard no, we still imagine the answer will be yes, yes, yes.

I have no idea why I did wait so long to read this book. It's a mystery to me. In a way I'm sad I started this book in the middle of my finals, because if I hadn't I would have read it in a day.

At first I was afraid this book would only be about a girl cross-dressing to be part of an a cappella boy group and that's all. But it wasn't, it was so
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
I seriously really like this!! It was both cute and completely hilarious, touching on some sensitive topics as well (sexuality, jealousy, monetary issues, relationships, etc). I completely enjoyed it. It was, in all honesty, a blind read, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Somewhat predictable, I guess, but not really. The direction the book went in was just amazing and beautiful.

I'd probably reread this, just for Jordan's hilariously precise sarcasm and comments.

Super fun read :)
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book earned a total of 1.25 out of 5 stars rating from me. I just didn't feel it. Never. Not one single bit. At all.

I kept giving it chance after chance, almost forcing myself not to DNF it, but truth is, the writing was so bland, and the characters so basic and shallow- I just didn't care about anyone or any of the events. My chest felt hollowed by apathy during this reading experience, to an almost alarming point.

So: I'm sorry if this is a less than mediocre review. I don't think any m
Saajid Hosein
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy fucking shit yes. Read this book, sis.
C.T. Callahan
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Jordan Sun is a theatre girl who’s low range makes it virtually impossible for her to land a role in her school’s productions. Solution? Cross-dress as a man, join an acapella group, and challenge the ways of the school.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Short Review:

Noteworthy is a contemporary novel that takes a couple of cliche ideas (girl dressing as a guy, acapella competitions, etc.) and brings them up in a new way. The story creeps its way through regular high school drama with some slightly less regular high
Danika at The Lesbrary
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absorbing, nuanced read.

It's interesting to read a crossdressing narrative that addresses the queer subtext. Jordan isn't trans or genderqueer, but the story acknowledges the existence of trans people, which honestly, is a first for me in a crossdressing narrative.

Jordan is bisexual, but that's a pretty small part of the story. There is no F/F romance in this (though there is a kiss), and the romance with a guy is only when he knows she is a girl.

As for the story itself, I was totally drawn in
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

4.5 Stars

Just by reading the summary of Noteworthy, I could tell that I was going to love it. I was not disappointed at all with this book containing some of my favourite components in YA, such as music and a boarding school. The main character is so empowering, and the narrator, Bailey Carr, is the perfect person to bring Jordan to life. This book is everything that I could ask for, and I’m sure that everyone will be able to relate.

This book honestly has everythin
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtia
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

Noteworthy reminds me of a Usain Bolt 100m race: slow to start, fast in the middle and eases up before the finish line, but still ahead of the pack. Let's do a post-race analysis.


The first thing that jumped at me was the change in Redgate's writing style. When I read Seven Ways We Lie I found it enjoyable but not engaging. Noteworthy is the complete opposite. This book is u
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, favs, 2017-favs
Thank you to ABRAMS Kids for providing me with an e-ARC of this (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!!



Noteworthy starts with this line:
“Monday Morning was the worst possible time to have an existential crisis, I decided on a Monday morning, while having an existential crisis.”

Ok but how can you not be 10000% SOLD on a book that starts like this???

Noteworthy just managed to get so much so righ
So far, reading wise 2017 has been rather excellent to me. Add this to my favorites pile, I'm definitely picking up a copy when it's pubbed because I am enchanted.

I have nothing but glowing praise for this book, it hits high on everything, from the writing to the characters to the relationships and storyline.

I really liked getting into Jordan's head and seeing the way her immersion into being a boy changed and adapted her perspective on topics. I related a lot to the pressure she put on herself
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm in complete agreement with Melissa's review and she goes into many of it's very fine points. I'd only add one thing and that's the conscious use of class-consciousness that I think worked very well to the benefit of the story.

Jordan is a scholarship student in an exclusive private High School. So you'd expect there to be some class-conscious elements to the story. And there are. But Redgate put those elements in service to the story putting it mostly in the background and drawing it forward
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, lgbtq
4.5 rounded up because this wasn't perfect, but I loved it hard.

Review to come (shortly) and discussions to come too? (Hint. Nudge.)

I'm still slightly at a loss for how to review this, but it's all for the best of reasons. For one thing, this immediately hit my ‘THIS is why I love YA’ (when I do) list, and closely related, it's very funny and still one of the more thoughtful looks at identity I've read recently. It's in that YA love category in no small measure because the protagonist’s age and
Heidi Heilig
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An honest, contemplative book about truth and lies--a story about the things people hide to find themselves--and a love letter to music.

Jordan, a Chinese-American scholarship student at prestigious Kensington Performance School, has never found her place in the spotlight. When an opportunity arises to audition for a famous a capella group--and possibly tour Europe, provided they win the winter competition--she sees a chance to prove herself--to find a place where she belongs--and to finally make
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s, lgbt-characters, ya
As I stood there in that derelict husk of a theatre, I felt like I'd got lost in between my lives, and the road ahead looked long and strange and poorly lit.

* * * *
4 / 5

I know nothing about a cappella beyond watching Pitch Perfect and literally nothing about performing arts schools. Despite this, Noteworthy was an absolute treat. The main character, Jordan Sun, disparaged by not making the musical for the third year running, disguises herself as a guy and auditions for the Sharpshooters, an all
Melissa McShane
I'm never comfortable with books in which a lie is at the center, especially if it's a lie I think is either justified or reasonable (as opposed to someone lying for evil reasons). I get too tense worrying about what will happen when the lie is inevitably exposed. So it took me a little while to relax and enjoy this book about a young woman who, given a once in a lifetime opportunity, disguises herself as a boy to grab hold of it with both hands.

It helped that I am a low alto like Jordan and hav
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