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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. High notes, high drama, and high jinks collide as elite collegiate a cappella groups compete to be the best in the nation. Journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in collegiate a cappella, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies yes, a cappella singers have groupies , the rock-star partying and run-ins with the law , and all the bitter rivalries. Along the way are encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents.
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Jul 14, charlie rated it did not like it. Didn't like it. Its a subject sadly I know oh, too intimately and this book does not capture the experience. In essence, too journalistic. Too much of an extended magazine article that does not capture the charm, comradarie, desperation, eccentricities of the collegiate a cappella experience Nov 26, Kady Mac rated it liked it. The Deal: Pitch Perfect follows 3 college A Capella groups through one collegiate season as each tries to do Divisi, an all-female group from the University of Oregon is trying to prove that they belong as one of the nation's elite college groups after a crushing loss in nationals and the exodus of their core singers.
The Hullabahoos, an all male group from University of Virginia, is trying to get drunk a lot and sing at a Lakers game. And the Beelzebubs, an all male group from Tuft The Deal: And the Beelzebubs, an all male group from Tufts University, are trying to record a follow-up to their latest, ground breaking A Capella record.
What Worked: Anytime Rapkin focused on Divisi I was enthralled and completely a long for the ride. My heart broke for these girls on several occasions and I got nervous and excited for them every time they went on stage. If the book had just been about Divisi, it would have gotten a much higher ranking. What Didn't Work: Both male groups just came across as entitled rich boys waiting for a payoff that they never quite seemed to earn. They blended together far too often and I had to look up the book on Amazon to remind myself what their actual names were.
There's also a lot of unnecessary insider information about the world of a capella. Basic background information was nice, but I didn't need to know about feuding presidents of feuding A Capella organizations. Anything Extra Special?: The competition between Divisi and Noteworthy, Brigham Young's all female group, could be an entire novel in itself.
Would I Read It Again: I feel like I'm beating a dead horse, but I'd definitely revisit the chapters on Divisi, maybe read them together and see if they still hold up as one, long narrative. It was interesting in parts, but other parts I felt like it went off and didn't make sense. I felt like I learned a lot about collegiate a cappella, and I actually found it fascinating even though I'm not a singer or performer.
I wouldn't recommend this book, but I'm glad I stumbled upon it because now I have a large playlist of a cappella groups that I wouldn't have known about had I not read this book. Also, the book is nothing like the movie; I didn't read the description before I purchased It was interesting in parts, but other parts I felt like it went off and didn't make sense.
Also, the book is nothing like the movie; I didn't read the description before I purchased the book. I don't even know how they say the movie is based off this book Movie was much better than the book. Jul 02, Neri. Jul 11, Jennifer Girard rated it liked it Shelves: This book is hard to rate since there isn't really a story or main characters.
It's non fiction and about three different a cappella bands. It was hard to keep up with the names and the places. I liked it but It was missing something. Aug 15, Kendra rated it it was amazing Shelves: First, if this http: I loved this book — not because of the actual text, though that was entertaining, but because I had had no idea that a cappella had changed so much since I was in college!
Sure, I remember the khakis and navy jackets, but, barely 15 years after my school went co-ed ridiculously late! So, wow — have things ever changed! Thank you, Mickey Rapkin, for showing me how fabulous a cappella has become.
And thank you YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes for clarifying the situation. Or if the book were a novel, the three groups would meet in some epic a cappella showdown, Divisi would win by a hair, singers from different groups would fall in love at an amazing Hullabahoo party, and everyone would live happily ever after, forever young and envied by their detractors.
But back to non-fiction.
That said, there were certainly some hilarious mistakes that any good copy editor should have caught. Maybe the book was slapped together too quickly after a positive response to the original article? And why was the music director who quit school an entirely different person in the book than the guy mentioned in one of the articles? This only matters to me insofar as I start to question more of the details. But I still liked it!
So a 3 for the writing, and a 5 for the subject - subject wins. I really liked these women; my only real complaint was that I wanted to hear more about them.
And that song has got to be the best arrangement ever! What seemed inexplicable to me was how much Rapkin loved them. Actually, it really is an issue of song selection plus arrangement. And I would never have listened to "Hey Juliet" if it weren't for this arrangement. Nor had my husband who, despite growing up in and around Boston, also went to school in the 80s, well before a cappella became radically less dorky. I mean, where do I begin? But even more important, why did his mother get slammed in the book?
His mother! Seriously, Rapkin, you just don't do that to someone's mother. Aside from that weirdness, though, she should be very proud of her son. Still, she should be proud. One of the cool things about a cappella is hearing people with good voices interpret all sorts of songs. Just gorgeous. Just do. This book wasn't exactly biographical, but just examines some aspect about the politics of collegiate a cappella.
And no, the book is not written exactly like the movie which is pretty obvious to anyone who skims through it or reads the book jacket. It wasn't the most fascinating non-fiction book that I have read, but it was fairly interesting probably more so for those who have any musical appreciation at all for a capella.
Pitch perfect : the quest for collegiate a cappella glory
I also was a little surprised to read the mentions of my alma mater This book wasn't exactly biographical, but just examines some aspect about the politics of collegiate a cappella. I also was a little surprised to read the mentions of my alma mater's a cappella groups Noteworthy and Vocal Point in a couple of the chapters. I myself never got into a cappella in college except for attending a few Vocal Point concerts , but I think that I probably would have had fun with it if I ever did.
I don't know if I would necessarily promote this book to anyone who has only lukewarm interest in the subject. View 2 comments. I was three quarters of the way through this book when it hit me.
I don't have to finish this. I was interested in the subject to begin with but drowning in detail all too quickly. And detail I will never retain. It's not about how this form of music emerged. It's about the various a capella groups in US colleges and their history, something I should have realized from the title.
No point was too small to mention and i found the construction of the bood disjointed and unhelpful. Glad I put it as I was three quarters of the way through this book when it hit me. Glad I put it aside at last. Nov 06, Ari rated it liked it Shelves: I liked the movie so I was curious about the book This book was the perfect "right before bed" book because it was interesting enough to want to read, but not so interesting that it kept me up all night wanting to finish it. If you're interested in reading about college a cappella, read this.
If you are looking for a book about the movie, this isn't it. Jan 27, Sue Leinberger rated it did not like it.
I slogged through and finished this today. I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. There was really no point to the book, it was just a series of vignettes, a few were amusing, but college humor can pall pretty quickly. Whoever pulled a movie out of this book deserves the millions those movies have made!
May 11, Chelsy Ryan marked it as maybe-read. I liked the movie adaptation of this a lot.