Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

To be honest, while the synopsis made the book sound like exactly my kind of thing, I still hesitated on this title because of the cover. It’s just… not pretty, or interesting. But in the end the promise of a capella and genderbending and queer poc characters won over, and I requested a copy. I am so glad I did.

The protagonist of Noteworthy is Jordan Sun, a Chinese-American girl on scholarship at a performing arts boarding school, which would have been perfect except for the fact that she always got shut out from school musicals due to her low voice. Continue reading “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Words exist only in theory. And then one ordinary day you run into a word that exists in theory. And you meet it face to face. And then that word becomes someone you know. That word becomes someone you hate. And you take that word with you wherever you go. And you can’t pretend it isn’t there.”
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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thinking out loud

Top Ten Book BFFs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So, this week’s theme is Top Ten Book Boy/Girlfriends, where we talk about characters we have crushes on. Being ace, I can easily say ‘none’, as I don’t seem to crush on fictional characters quite in the same way some of my friends do. I can love a character to bits, and have no desire to date them (hello, Kaz!). But I did do a similar tag on instagram recently, changing Book BF to Book BFFs, and here are the ten characters I chose:

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Comics · Contemporary

Sometimes, it takes a different kind of courage to level up

When Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward (which I wrote about here) was released in 2015, it renewed my love for comics for middle graders. And when I found about Brave, it went immediately on my mental TBR list. Brave is set in the same school, and we see a lot of the kids that were in Awkward, but it focuses on the Art Club’s Jensen. Continue reading “Sometimes, it takes a different kind of courage to level up”