Jordan Sun attends the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts and has been shut out of her program of choice again. To keep her academic career going, she joins the Sharpshooters, the a cappella octet that’s all male. She struggles to keep up the charade while crushing on boys, crushing on girls, and staying herself.
A cappella just got a makeover.
Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.
In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…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.
Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.
Cis girls: Jordan
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
Chinese American: Jordan
Some trans/nonbinary readers feel that the discussion around cross-dressing and cis privilege is not complex enough, but some trans/nonbinary readers disagree.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for bisexuality.