Sing Like No One's Listening

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 05 Nov 2020

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Nettie Delany has just been accepted into a cutthroat performing arts school, but she hasn't been able to sing a single note since her mother died.
Duke's Academy of Performing Arts isn't for the weak-willed or easily intimidated; the school has mentored plenty of big names, including Nettie's own mother—a ballerina superstar. With the shadow of grief haunting her every step, Nettie has her work cut out for her if she plans to stay enrolled in a highly coveted program.
No room for error. Nettie must work through the pain of the past, horrible classmates, and vicious teachers to find her voice again and deliver a showstopper. If not, she faces expulsion. With the help of her friends and a new romance, can Nettie get it together in time? Everyone is watching.
Former West End performer and author Vanessa Jones delivers a well-crafted journey of grief and healing in this contemporary young adult novel. An ideal read for fans of theater and Broadway musicals.

Nettie Delany has just been accepted into a cutthroat performing arts school, but she hasn't been able to sing a single note since her mother died.
Duke's Academy of Performing Arts isn't for the...

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Nettie has an iconic mother, a nasty grandmother, and a life that people would kill for (on the outside looking in). When she gets accepted into Duke's, despite a botched audition, she finds herself having to jump many hurdles. As the story unfolds, readers get to peek inside of the complications of grief, stress, and show business. Thankfully, Nettie is surrounded by wonderful friends and people to help her find her voice.

I loved this story. It was a quick read. Everyone, at some point, can identify with Nettie's helplessness. The message that is important to me, however, is to find your voice when you've lost it. Jump through as many hoops as necessary to get it back. There's a life lesson to be learned. You can overcome every moment that renders you helpless. I saw a review that likened this book to High School Musical. I'm somewhat inclined to agree, BUT I think this, in my opinion, is even better!

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This was as if I had wrapped up an entire tv season of an arts academy in one book and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I loved the realistic way in which anxiety and grief were portrayed. It was such a captivating story and honestly I couldn’t get enough. I enjoyed the miscommunication between the love interest and the banter between friends. I adored the angst and drama, but most of all I loved the protagonist’s journey to discovering her voice again after the death of her mom. I thourougly enjoyed this book and if I’m being honest I would love to read more about Antionette’s journey at her arts academy and her relationship with her friends and love interest!

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Sing Like No One’s Listening was a novel packed with all that: sarcasm, humor, romance, sorrow. It’s been a long time since I last read a novel like that, so it’s safe to say that I was very, very into it the moment I started reading it. Everything about it, from the storyline to the characters, was just so simply perfect, so light-hearted and so good. Words cannot do it justice, in all honesty. I related to the characters, but most of all, it was so easy to take a profound liking to Nettie and Fletch. Their relationship was so cute and fun, and every single meeting, every conversation and every scene between them was far from boring and very much enjoyable. Yes, the novel was long, but never did it feel like the author was dragging it or didn’t know where she was going with it. As I said, it was perfect beyond words, every bit of it. Besides Nettie and Fletch and their amazing chemistry, Alex, Leon and Kiki are not the kind to be overlooked. Even their characters were so interesting and great. I was very, very impressed. Oh, and last but not least, the writing style was everything. That’s the whole reason why I admired the book so much. Vanessa Jones’ writing style is what kept me on my toes the entire time I was reading this novel. I would very heartily recommend Sing Like No One’s Listening to all young adult fans!

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"A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado."
I enjoyed this story of a young woman who's dream was to follow in her mother's footsteps. Her mother had passed away the year before she auditioned to attend a prestigious performing arts school. She didn't didn't do well on the audition but still made it in. 

She goes in with a target on her back being attractive and the daughter of a famous performer who had also attended the school!  

I read some other reviews which I shouldn't have done and not having gone to a performing arts school or being in the industry, I did enjoy this book. But I think anyone would. And I read it in a British accent which is how I think it was written. Not every story has all the answers all tied up in a bow and I personally don't need everything answered. Every reader will pull from their personal experience and love or hate anything. 

I was relating to Nettie and her voice block. I lost my Dad 3 years ago and feel like I'm still not quite back so a year later she may need time and she's lucky that she had teachers support her when she wasn't performing. There was another teacher that held a long grudge against her mom and took it out on her and seriously there are nasty people like that. 

I REALLY liked Fletch. I like a guy that doesn't give up easily. Biggest pet peeve is ghosting.  It's hard to ignore chemistry when it's two sided and you don't know what went wrong. I'm a sucker for a romance. 

I loved the relationships amongst the friends she made and how they helped and supported eachother. The mean girls were the worst but there's always those girls. Either jealous or want to be the best so they will bring others down. 

I couldn't put this book down I wanted to find out how things would go for Nettie! Well done! 

This book does talk about eating disorders, abuse, and, homophobia.

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