hey people 🙂 i can’t even believe that april is nearly over.
by Riley Redgate
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.
thanks to Amulet Books on Netgalley for approving me for this e-galley!!
– in a nutshell, i would describe this book as She’s the Man mixed with a gender-bent Pitch Perfect. yes, you heard me correctly. i know! doesn’t that sound like the best idea ever??
– THE CHARACTERSSSS. there was so much diversity in the characters of this book!
first of all, we have Jordan Sun who is not only a person of color but also an LGBT main character. she doesn’t quite fit in with many of the girls at the Kensington School, which is one of the main premises on which the story was built.
and then we have (my favorites) the Sharpshooters, aka the a cappella-squad-goals. my personal favorite by far (and one of the only Sharpshooters i remember tbh) is Nihal, a Sheikh art student. i loved Jordan and his friendship so. freaking. much. they are so cute together in a totally platonic way.
of course, the rest of the Sharpshooters including Isaac, Mama, Trav, etc are also completely darling, but i remember less about them if i’m being honest…STILL REALLY GREAT CHARACTERS THOUGH.
– i love books set in boarding schools to the moon and back. (*cough* The Raven Boys *cough*) i guess that’s a trope maybe, but if so, it’s one i love and will continue to read shamelessly <3 something about the school atmosphere i just love.
– HILARIOUS hilarious hilarious. i know that humor is subjective, but this book just tickled me. to those around me at the track meet in january: i know that you heard me laughing out loud to myself, but i swear i’m not crazy! ex: Jordan has to hide her period from the guys. #thestruggleisreal
– it was a light and fun read. don’t get me wrong– there were some heavy topics in this book (examining gender identity, wealth, and race), but overall, this was a fluffy and humorous book. it was good to read this in the midst of all that dark epic fantasy. even i need a break sometimes lol.
Noteworthy had the perfect amounts of fluffiness and social commentary.
– romance was not the main focus of the book. enough said there.
– i did think the book could have examined gender identity and sexuality a little bit more thoroughly. the fact that Jordan is bisexual was touched on briefly, but i think that there was more room for commentary on this topic. the book is more focused on the topic of a cappella rather than social issues if i’m being completely honest.
this is my only beef with the book, and it is a very, very small issue. overall, the book commentated on social issues very effectively.