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Sing Like No One's Listening

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  94 reviews
A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado.

Nettie Delaney has just been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school--the very same school her superstar mother attended. With her mother's shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her--and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, Nettie hasn't been
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Peachtree Publishing Company (first published April 18th 2019)
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Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Nettie’s got the entire universe turned against her. Her mum dies of cancer, she has a dysfunctional relationship with her grandmother and therefore has no family left. For some inexplicable reason, Nettie can’t sing. After a horrific audition, she gets accepted into Duke but life doesn’t seem to give her a break. Although Nettie makes good friends and begins to find a connection with Fletch, a talented second-year artist, she gets bullied by her peers and her teachers. Can Nettie overcome her o ...more
Sofia S.
I’m so glad I didn’t DNF this bc I feel bad writing an “in depth” review of a book I DNFed. I have sooooo many things to say. But all I gotta say for now is NO. I read some reviews that mention the whole arts school aspect of the book - and I was honestly quite surprised to see the author has connections to musical theatre because hoooooooooooooooooooooooooly SHIT I need to explain some stuff to y’all and how ballet/art school isn’t all stereotypes. I’m am TIRED people, I am T I R E D


Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado."
I enjoyed this story of a young woman who's dream was to follow in her mother's footsteps. Her mother had passed away the year before she auditioned to attend a prestigious performing arts school. She didn't didn't do well on the audition but still made it in. 

She goes in with a target on her back being attractive and the daughter of a famous performer who had also attended the school!  

I read some
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it was set at a performing arts school, that's something I haven't read a lot of. As someone who goes to a performing arts school, (nowhere near as cutthroat though) some of the aspects in this book felt familiar. I felt like the very strong focus on music and performing really made this book, because most of the characters weren't very special.

Alec was by far my favorite character. I loved how loud and outgoing he was, and I loved how he pushed Nettie o
 ☾ Jeanette ☾
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have received an e-arc of this book via Netgalley (Thank you Netgalley)
*All thoughts and opinions of this book are mine.*

Spoiler Free Review

Young Adult+ Music+ Singing+ Dancing+Self love
Sing like no one’s listening is a quick, fun, and entertaining read. I enjoyed reading about Nettie and her copping with life. There is a good take on art, music, and life situations with this book.

Nettie’s mother passed away around a year to Nettie attending a school in which happens to be the sa
**Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**

It started out with a Fame vibe...and ended up in High School Musical territory...not bad...just not my cup of tea. Please find my extended thoughts below...along with some spoilers (beware). :)
Things I Liked:
-the music focus...I LOVE music & musicals! I felt that this novel did depict the cut throat world of music/theatre/showbiz pretty accurately.
-the friendship component.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was a rollercoaster for me. I loved the premise of the book and was excited to meet these characters. Unfortunately, the writing style ruined any chances this book had, as it was so confusing, and ultimately inadequate to support the storyline. Overall the general idea is there, and if it was developed better would have made for an excellent novel.
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite her audition being a complete disaster, Nettie is accepted to a renowned arts program. The only problem is she can't sing. Not a note. Hopefully, Nettie is able to work through her grief and loss and be able to reclaim her voice before she is loses her spot at her dream school.

I had such a lovely time getting to know Nettie. Following her mother's death, she was more or less, on her own, at least emotionally. Life with her formerly estranged grandmother was not full of warm fuzzies. Rat
Primero que todo, thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review.

Since her mother died, Nettie Delaney hasn’t been able to sing a note. This wouldn’t be a problem if she wasn’t now attending Dukes, the most prestigious performing arts college in the country, with her superstar mother’s shadow hanging over her. Nettie has her work cut out for her and everyone is watching.

But one night, in an empty studio after college, Nettie finds herself suddenly singing
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Nettie Delaney hasn’t been able to sing a note since the death of her mother.

On the day of her audition at Dukes, London’s prestigious performing arts college, Nettie receives an old voicemail from her mom, who recently passed away from cancer (and was a star performer herself back in the day). Unable to sing, Nettie flees her audition and accepts that she will never be admitted. But one day, she receives an acceptance letter and is give
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
So I don’t read a lot of Young Adult Contemporary but now and then I like to try one and read outside my comfort zone and now and then I find one I enjoy. 🙂

In Sing Like No One’s Listening Nettie is at an audition to try and get into the Dukes Academy, it’s a music and dance school. Her mother has been dead for I believe about a year and she has been living with her grandmother who isn’t a real nice person so this is sort of her escape. The thing is right before she goes on to sing for her auditi
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
I have to be honest and let you know that I am a massive fan of musicals, theatre and those TV shows where the characters are all learning to be dancers or singers or actors. Honestly, anything that has something to do with performance in and I am usually a massive sucker for them. (And has anyone else soaked up ALL of the Australian films on gymnasium things?) So when this book fell into my inbox, I knew that it was one that I simply had to read. And I am incredibly glad I did! I truly loved th ...more
Cori // ghostlightbooks
///////HUGE TW for fatphobia/disordered eating, grief (spec. death of a parent)

I was excited to read this book as I went to school for theatre and I was hoping to enjoy a quick realistic story about grief and performing through the tough times in life. Unfortunately, this just didn't hit the way I wanted it to. A lot of the dialogue felt a little young for the age of the characters, but it could have been that the characters just needed some more fleshing out. I didn't really know too much about
[this ARC was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]

Nettie is a first-year at Duke's, a college for artists. The only trouble is - she can't sing. She lost her voice because of the trauma of her mother's death.
Set in London, and where we follow Nettie through her first year at university and see her struggle and gradually overcome her fears and setbacks (and find true friendship and love).

So, that's the synopsis I'd probably put on the back of the
Danny Santana
The musical book I wanted so badly. Nettie dreams of going to Duke to study music and sing, but since her mother's death she has lost her voice. Even so, she joins Duke following her mother's legacy and suffers from competitiveness, pressure from the art school and pressure to recover her voice. In this Nettie goes on a journey of finding herself and her voice, while making incredible friendships and falling in love. It has a bit of mystery, which leaves you wanting for more and more.
I found the
Victoria Katherine
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I miss the theatre so much. 🥲
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing to review this book.

The storyline begins when Nettie is about to do the biggest audition of her singing career. However, everything that could go wrong goes wrong because she has not been able to process past life events.

Over the course of the chapters, Nettie deals with how to move forward after a tragic loss, while still trying to succeed at college. Her feelings of insecurity and sensitivity were what I related the most, as she truly believed she would no
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary

Plotline - 3.5/5
Enjoyability - 4/5
Recommendable - 4/5

Sing Like No One’s Listening is a great light for any reader out there, especially if they are looking to cleanse their reading pallet. Being a fine arts enthusiast myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of a fine arts school and the integration of musical terms, instrumentalists, dancers, singers, etc. (even the addition of a “rest” between pages was super cute!), especially those referring to certain musicals such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Ha
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

I’m going to preface this review with a few trigger warnings, which I don’t normally do but probably should try to do more of. SING (Like No One’s Listening) contains the aftermath of parental death, bullying, one instance of physical abuse and potential eating disorders. Now perhaps seeing as it’s a book about a prestigious performing arts academy I should have foreseen at least the latter of my warnings but I didn’t and gi
Stacey Woods
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will write a more considered review, but I just *adore* this book! There’s a gorgeous romantic plot, it deals with some really tough issues in a light-handed way, and you can’t go wrong with a book that references the epic Grease 2...
Karl Lawrence-Myers
Excellent. Loved the main character, really rooted for her, and enjoyed spending time in the musical theatre world conjured up.
Valeria Vidal
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Theatre geeks looking for a light read
"We're a musical theatre plot gone wrong"

I'm not sure what to do with this book. While I enjoyed it, I think it was aimed at a much younger audience. The plot is enjoyable and appealing, but also SO FULL OF CLICHES and tropes I haven't read about since high school. I won't claim to know more than the author about the theatre experience, but I think this would have worked out much better ten years ago. Let's see:

-It's a fun read. The musical world is dazzling. It's tough but in a glamourous w
Kathy Martin
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining and emotional story about a young woman dealing with grief while trying to attend a high pressure college for the performing arts. Nettie Delaney is the daughter of a woman who was a star performer who died of cancer a year earlier. Nettie's mother was a dancer but Nettie's strength is her singing voice. At least it was until her mother died and she lost her voice.

Nettie's audition was a disaster because she got a long-lost voice mail from her mother just before she was
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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See my full review here:

SING LIKE NO ONE'S LISTENING is a YA fiction about grief and anxiety. Nettie lost her mother unexpectedly after a diagnosis of secondary cancer about a year ago. Since then, she has been lost in her grief, made even more pronounced by her grandmother's cruelty. She has decided to apply to a school for the arts, planning to go for her voice. However, when she gets there, she finds she is unable to sing after she thinks of her mother
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nettie has only ever wanted to perform. Her mother was a famous dancer, but Nettie is drawn to singing and musical theatre. Until a mistake on the day of her audition to the prestigious Duke's Academy means she loses her singing voice. Nettie is amazed when she gets in anyway, chalking it up to her legacy status, but her joy turns to horror when she realises they expect her to regain her voice immediately. Fighting a teacher who hates her, a student who's jealous and the expectations of the enti ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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The Rabid Fairy
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Before getting started with the review, I would like to thanks Peachtree Publishing Company for giving me the chance of reading this... book before its official release.

So... Where do I begin?

There are SO MANY things wrong with this novel. SO. SO. MANY.

To be honest, I am being ultra generous by rating it with two stars, and it is because I just have two things that I liked about this: the musical theatre plotline and how healthy was the friendship between the characters.

And it ends there.

Sing Like No One’s Listening is a young adult contemporary by author Vanessa Jones. I really enjoyed the story in Sing Like No One’s Listening. It was an emotional and heartfelt journey, and I really loved getting to know out main character Nettie. If you are a fan of emotional young adult contemporaries, then I think Sing Like No One’s Listening is a good book for you to check out. It releases today.

In Sing Like No One’s Listening we meet our main character Nettie as she is accepted into a pres
Virginie (chouettblog)
Grieving is difficult and we all do it in our own way, but for Nettie the pain she feels for the loss of her mum is physically manifesting into the loss of her singing voice, her greatest gift. There is too much too soon for Nettie to deal with when an unexpected acceptance letter to Duke, the most prestigious performing art school in London turns up. This might be Nettie’s only saving grace, the chance to start over and realise her dream. Things are never this simple of course.

First, Nettie’s m
Abbi McMahon
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