It’s too simple to hate the people who have doorways where you have walls.
Author: Riley Redgate
Number of pages: 400 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: A cappella and a lot of good feelings!!
Bad things about this book: I was hoping it to be centered more around the main character understanding her sexuality, and it wasn’t, really.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
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It was pretty cute and it put me in such a singing mode that I had to put the book on pause to marathon the three Pitch Perfect movies. Big tears and big emotions after, I resumed where I stopped and read almost without breaks and I finished the book.
There were parts that left me with too many questions, but I’m not entirely bothered about it. I got a lot of She’s the Man vibes and I kind of loved it because that movie is just a lot of fun. This book wasn’t as fun and light as the movie, though, but the sentiment was the same; both girls cross dress to be able to do something that the world (read: the school) didn’t permit them to do, so they had to think outside the box and risk it all to fit in.
The world saw exactly what it wanted to see. Finally, it wanted to see me.
I was expecting this would turn out differently, romantically speaking. I’m happy but not super happy. When I picked the book, I read it was a queer book, so I chose it to read during Pride Month, it sounded perfect. Was it the kind of queer book I was expecting? No, it wasn’t. Did it have enough representation to be qualified as a queer book? Yes, it did. I just hoped the main character’s confusion about her sexuality was taken more into consideration and not just left there like an afterthought.
The Sharps were all magnificent boys and I loved seeing how committed they were to their singing, to always being a little bit better, to be there for each other. I loved the diversity and how the economic struggles were portraited here; how true it felt, how frustrating it made me feel seeing that no matter how much you want something, if you don’t have money, your options are so limited you just feel so powerless all signs point to you don’t having a place in the world. I understood Jordan’s frustration, her loneliness, her decision to just say “f*ck it” and just go for it.
The world wasn’t just made out of instants – it was made out of plans, too, and the ability to learn from your mistakes.
While I enjoyed the overall storyline, I wasn’t a fan of the romance. I loved the characters involved in the various scenarios, but it just didn’t seem convincing. The love looked a little weird, it was missing the spark, and it left me wanting to feel more. I think that we needed more emotions and less actions for it to feel true. And, as I said before, the sexuality situation was just forgotten. It was a fun read, not light but not over dramatic, and it gave me a little insight into the magnificent world of a cappella!