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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
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This book is a ton of fun. Bits of it read like any typical YA contemporary, but there's a spark here, and I can't wait to see what Riley Redgate comes up with next.

Okay, some pros first. This book is hilarious. Seriously, I could not stop laughing. Jordan's narrative voice is relatable and fun, and her character is very well built. She also gets an extremely good arc and develops well.

There are a lot of delightful side characters in this book, who I genuinely enjoyed learning about. They all have distinct, well-done personalities, which was a definite bonus. There's no popular mean girl, thank god. Riley Redgate sticks to interesting, flawed main characters.

However, and this is partially a flaw of the blurb, it's implied that the protagonist goes through gender confusion, and that issue is really not touched on. She mentions the possibility of being trans twice but only once does she consider it seriously. I kind of wish the author had explored this a bit more. The author did explore, to some degree, the different ways guys treat other guys, and her own desire to be one of the guys. That I loved. It was just a case of incorrect expectations.

That being said, this book did portray bisexuality pretty well. Jordan got to actually say the word! Multiple times! It's kind of sad how rare that is. Jordan ended up with the guy, not the girl, but this wasn't presented as rejecting her nonstraight identity so no complaints!

The seventy pages of the book didn't really do much aside from throw in a romance, which wasn't great. I really wish Redgate could have focused on a few of the side characters or Jordan's character arc a bit more.

div17: bisexual mc
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2017 – Started Reading
January 9, 2017 – Shelved
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
page 2
0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 9, 2017 –
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0.5% "THIS IS ALREADY AWESOME"
January 10, 2017 –
page 22
5.5%
January 10, 2017 –
page 22
5.5%
January 11, 2017 –
page 70
17.5% "This book is so genuinely funny"
January 11, 2017 –
page 290
72.5% "!!! still as good as ever!!"
January 11, 2017 –
page 290
72.5% "!!! still as good as ever!!"
January 12, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 15, 2017 – Shelved as: what-was-this-romance
January 15, 2017 – Shelved as: that-lgbtq-rep-tho
January 15, 2017 – Shelved as: that-feminist-classic-energy
January 16, 2017 – Shelved as: elise-reads-arcs
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: z-read-in-2017
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: books-released-2017
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: gen-contemporary
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: this-was-laugh-out-loud-funny
April 12, 2017 – Shelved as: 4-star
August 27, 2017 – Shelved as: elise-recs-list

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