[RECOMMANDATIONS] Musique

Titre : Parée pour percer d’Angie Thomas

Résumé : Bri a seize ans et rêve d’être la plus grande rappeuse de tous les temps. Ou au moins de remporter son premier battle. Elle a de qui tenir – son père était une légende du rap, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit tué par les gangs.

Mais quand sa mère perd son emploi, que leur propriétaire menace de les mettre à la porte et que la violence enfle dans son quartier, Bri n’a plus le choix : réussir dans le rap n’est plus un rêve.

C’est une nécessité.

Radar à diversité : pp afro-américaine

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Titre : Ce sera moi de Lyla Lee

Résumé : kye Shin a tout entendu. Les filles grosses ne devraient pas danser. Elles ne devraient pas porter des couleurs vives. Elles ne devraient pas attirer l’attention sur elles. Mais Skye rêve de rejoindre le monde pailleté de la K-Pop, et pour cela elle est prête à briser toutes les règles que la société, les médias et même sa propre mère ont établies pour les filles comme elle.
Skye se présente à un concours télévisé, avec à la clé un poste d’apprentie star de la K-Pop. Elle est prête à tout pour gagner, prête à affronter la fatigue des répétitions, les difficultés de la compétition, les drames de la télé-réalité. Mais rien ne l’avait préparée à la grossophobie des membres du jury, aux haters sur les réseaux sociaux… et encore moins à un rapprochement avec un de ses concurrents, Henry Cho. Pour autant, Skye n’oublie pas son objectif : devenir la première star grande taille de la K-Pop au monde. Ce qui signifie remporter la compétition… sans se perdre elle-même.

Radar à diversité : pp américaine-coréenne, bi et grosse

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : I will shine de Jessica Jung

Résumé : Devenir une star… mais à quel prix ? Rachel est élève à Séoul en dernière année à la prestigieuse école de K-Pop du légendaire label DB. Les règles sont claires : s’entraîner 24 heures sur 24 ; être parfaite ; zéro petit copain. Seules quelques élèves pourront intégrer le prochain groupe de K-Pop. Rachel est talentueuse, elle connaît les règles, et pourtant… La concurrence fait rage, tous les coups sont permis.
Elle ne sait pas si elle aura assez de force pour réussir. Sans compter qu’elle n’est pas insensible aux charmes de Jason, la star masculine de DB. Est-elle prête à tout sacrifier pour avoir une chance de briller ?

Radar à diversité : pp coréenne

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Titre : Les dieux du tango de Caroline de Robertis

Résumé : Février 1913. Leda a dix-sept ans. Elle quitte son petit village italien pour rejoindre en Argentine son cousin Dante, qu’elle vient d’épouser. Dans ses maigres bagages, le précieux violon de son père.
Mais à son arrivée, Dante est mort. Buenos Aires n’est pas un lieu pour une jeune femme seule, de surcroît veuve et sans ressources : elle doit rentrer en Italie. Pourtant, quelque chose la retient… Leda brûle d’envie de découvrir ce nouveau monde et la musique qui fait bouillonner les quartiers chauds de la ville, le tango, l’envoûte. Passionnée par ce violon interdit aux femmes, Leda décide de prendre son destin en main. Un soir, vêtue du costume de son mari, elle part, invisible, à travers la ville.
Elle s’immerge dans le monde de la nuit, le monde du tango. Elle s’engage tout entière dans un voyage qui la mènera au bout de sa condition de femme, de son art, de la passion sous toutes ses formes, de son histoire meurtrie. Un voyage au bout d’elle-même.

Radar à diversité : pp trans

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : K-pop confidentiel de Stephan Lee

Résumé : Candace n’aurait jamais osé rêver se retrouver dans la plus prestigieuse maison de disques de K-pop coréenne ! Ni les sacrifices que cela implique de devenir une star…
Candace Park, une Coréano-Américaine de 16 ans, est littéralement obsédée par SLK, le plus grand K-pop band du moment. Et surtout par le sublime One.J., son chanteur principal. Alors, quand la maison de disques du groupe débarque dans sa ville pour faire passer des auditions, elle est la première sur la liste… et sélectionnée !
Direction Séoul. Candace réalise bientôt qu’elle avait sous-estimé la quantité de travail et de sacrifices demandés par la production. L’envers du décor : la pression, les entraînements sans relâche parfois jusque 16 heures par jour, les différences culturelles entre les États-Unis et la Corée et surtout LA règle d’or: ne pas tomber amoureux.
Loin de ceux qu’elle aime, elle est rapidement submergée. Mais après des mois de larmes et de sueur, Candace commence à se faire un nom, et à enfin attirer l’attention de One.J.!
Mais elle se retrouve vite au cœur de scandales qui vont mettre ses nerfs et sa confiance en elle à rude épreuve.
Dans le tourbillon d’un star-system qui vous dévore en une bouchée, elle devra choisir les sacrifices qu’elle est prête à faire pour rester fidèle à elle-même.

Radar à diversité : pp américaine-coréenne

Titre : Let Me Hear a Rhyme de Tiffany D. Jackson

Résumé : Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when his beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, not after years of having each other’s backs.

Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice. But then his mixtape catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep and—with just hours on the clock—the trio must race to prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

Now, as the pressure—and danger—of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, together they need to decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.

Radar à diversité : pp Noirs

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Titre : This Is What It Feels Like de Rebecca Barrow

Résumé : It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire, pp Noire et lesbienne, pp avec une addiction

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : The Brightsiders de Jen Wilde

Résumé : As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Radar à diversité : pp bi, li genderqueer, pan et anxieux.se

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Titre : Solo de Kwame Alexander

Résumé : Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many—that Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade has in common with Rutherford is the music that lives inside them. But not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing Chapel forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret, one that leaves him questioning everything he thought was true. All that remains is a letter and a ticket to Ghana—both of which could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire

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Titre : Finding Yvonne de Brandy Colbert

Résumé : Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He’s mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire

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Titre : Summer Bird Blue d’Akemi Dawn Bowman

Résumé : Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

Radar à diversité : pp asiatique et asexuelle

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Titre : Kiss & Tell d’Adib Khorram

Résumé : Hunter never expected to be a boy band star, but, well, here he is. He and his band Kiss & Tell are on their first major tour of North America, playing arenas all over the United States and Canada (and getting covered by the gossipy press all over North America as well). Hunter is the only gay member of the band, and he just had a very painful breakup with his first boyfriend–leaked sexts, public heartbreak, and all–and now everyone expects him to play the perfect queer role model for teens.

But Hunter isn’t really sure what being the perfect queer kid even means. Does it mean dressing up in whatever The Label tells him to wear for photo shoots and pretending never to have sex? (Unfortunately, yes.) Does it mean finding community among the queer kids at the meet-and-greets after K&T’s shows? (Fortunately, yes.) Does it include a new relationship with Kaivan, the star of the band opening for K&T on tour? (He hopes so.) But when The Label finds out about Hunter and Kaivan, it spells trouble—for their relationship, for the perfect gay boy Hunter plays for the cameras, and, most importantly, for Hunter himself.

Radar à diversité : pp gay

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Titre : The Beauty That Remains d’Ashley Woodfolk

Résumé : Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

Radar à diversité : pp américain-coréen, pp gay, pp Noire

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Titre : Muted de Tami Charles

Résumé : For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean « Mercury » Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they’re not.

Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire et saphique

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Rise to the Sun de Leah Johnson

Résumé : Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.

Toni is one week away from starting college, and it’s the last place she wants to be. Unsure about who she wants to become and still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father, she’s heading back to the music festival that changed his life in hopes that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.

When the two arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to realize that they’ll need to join forces in order to get what they’re searching for out of the weekend. As they work together, the festival becomes so much more complicated than they bargained for, and Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other, and music, more than they ever could have imagined.

Radar à diversité : pp Noires et saphiques

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Grown de Tiffany D. Jackson

Résumé : When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields?Before there was a dead body, Enchanted’s dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey’s charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he’s dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire

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Titre : Drum Roll, Please de Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Résumé : Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

Radar à diversité : pp saphique

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Titre : Hopepunk de Preston Norton

Résumé : Growing up in a conservative Christian household isn’t easy for rock-obsessed Hope Cassidy. She’s spent her whole life being told that the devil speaks through Led Zeppelin, but it’s even worse for her sister, Faith, who feels like she can’t be honest about dating the record shop cashier, Mavis. That is, until their youngest sister hears word of their « sinful » utopia and outs Faith to their parents. Now there’s nowhere for Faith to go but the Change Through Grace conversion center…or running away.

Following Faith’s disappearance, their family is suddenly broken. Hope feels a need to rebel. She gets a tattoo and tries singing through the hurt with her Janis Joplin-style voice. But when her long-time crush Danny comes out and is subsequently kicked out of his house, Hope can’t stand by and let history repeat itself. Now living in Faith’s room, Danny and Hope strike up a friendship…and a band. And their music just might be the answer to dethroning Alt-Rite, Danny’s twin brother’s new hate-fueled band.

Radar à diversité : pp queer

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Titre : The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin de Kip Wilson

Résumé : After her eighteenth birthday, Hilde, a former orphan in 1930s Berlin, goes out into the world to discover her place in it. But finding a job is hard, at least until she stumbles into Café Lila, a vibrant cabaret full of expressive customers—and Rosa, the club’s waitress and performer. As the café and all who work there embrace Hilde, and she embraces them in turn, she discovers her voice and her own blossoming feelings for Rosa.

But Berlin is in turmoil. Between the elections, protests in the streets, and the beginning seeds of unrest in Café Lila itself, Hilde will have to decide what’s best for her future . . . and what it means to love a place on the cusp of war.

Radar à diversité : pp saphique

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Titre : Heartbreak Symphony de Laekan Zea Kemp

Résumé : Aarón Medrano has been haunted by the onstage persona of his favorite musician ever since his mother passed away. He seems to know all of Aarón’s deepest fears, like that his brain doesn’t work the way it should and that’s why his brother and father seems to be pushing him away. He thinks his ticket out is a scholarship to the prestigious Acadia School of Music. That is, if he can avoid blowing his audition.

Mia Villanueva has a haunting of her own and it’s the only family heirloom her parents left her: doubt. It’s the reason she can’t overcome her stage fright or believe that her music is worth making. Even though her trumpet teacher tells her she has a gift, she’s not sure if she’ll ever figure out how to use it or if she’s even deserving of it in the first place.

When Aarón and Mia cross paths, Aarón sees a chance to get close to the girl he’s had a crush on for years and to finally feel connected to someone since losing his mother. Mia sees a chance to hold herself accountable by making them both face their fears, and hopefully make their dreams come true. But soon they’ll realize there’s something much scarier than getting up on stage—falling in love with a broken heart.

Radar à diversité : pp américains-mexicains

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Titre : Summer in the City of Roses de Michelle Ruiz Keil

Résumé : All her life, seventeen-year-old Iph has protected her sensitive younger brother, Orr. But this summer, with their mother gone at an artist residency, their father decides it’s time for fifteen-year-old Orr to toughen up at a wilderness boot camp. When he brings Iph to a work gala in downtown Portland and breaks the news, Orr has already been sent away. Furious at his betrayal, Iph storms off and gets lost in the maze of Old Town. Enter George, a queer Robin Hood who swoops in on a bicycle, bow and arrow at the ready, offering Iph a place to hide out while she figures out how to track down Orr.

Orr, in the meantime, has escaped the camp and fallen in with The Furies, an all-girl punk band, and moves into the coat closet of their ramshackle pink house. In their first summer apart, Iph and Orr must learn to navigate their respective new spaces of music, romance, and sex work activism—and find each other to try to stop a transformation that could fracture their family forever.

Radar à diversité : pp latinx et queer

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Titre : XOXO d’Axie Oh

Résumé : Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

Radar à diversité : pp américaine-coréenne, li coréen

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Titre : Super Fake Love Song de David Yoon

Résumé : When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, accidentally winds up telling her he’s the front man of a rock band.

Before he knows it, Sunny is knee-deep in the lie: He ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. But no way can he trick this amazing girl into thinking he’s cool, right? Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Now there’s only one thing to do: Fake it till you make it.

Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real.

But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.

Radar à diversité : pp américain-coréen

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Titre : It Goes Like This de Miel Moreland

Résumé : Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.

But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl…of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they’ll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.

Radar à diversité : pp saphiques, pp Noire, pp non-binaire

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Titre : If This Gets Out de Sophie Gonzales et Cale Dietrich

Résumé : Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

Radar à diversité : pp gay, M/M

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Titre : My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding de Sajni Patel

Résumé : Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri’s last hope is a contest judged by a panel of top tier college scouts. The only problem? This coveted competition happens to take place during Zuri’s sister’s extravagant wedding week. And Zuri has already been warned, repeatedly, that she is not to miss a single moment.

In the midst of the chaos, Zuri’s mom is in matchmaking mode with the groom’s South African cousin Naveen—who just happens to be a cocky vocalist set on stealing Zuri’s spotlight at the scouting competition. Luckily Zuri has a crew of loud and loyal female cousins cheering her on. Now, all she has to do is to wow the judges for a top spot, evade getting caught by her parents, resist Naveen’s charms, and, oh yeah . . . not mess up her sister’s big fat Indian wedding. What could possibly go wrong?

Radar à diversité : pp indienne-américaine

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