You Should See Me In A Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
Genre: Young Adult > Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: June 20, 2020
Format Read: Audiobook via Scribd
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Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
About The Author
Leah Johnson (she/her) is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN was the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick, and was named a best book of the year by Cosmo, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, and New York Public Library among others. Her sophomore novel, RISE TO THE SUN is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021.
Something Fluffy For Those Gloomy Days
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Realistic Fiction
📚 Read for? I just felt like it~
📚 Cliffhanger? No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Off-page loss of a parent. Homophobia (Challenged on-page). Racism (Challenged on-page).
⚠ Book Tags : LGBT Rep. POC Rep. Prom. High School.
☁ AN AUDIOBOOK I WOULD LOVE FOREVER ☁
Scribd is my go-to resource for audiobooks and most of the time, I just scroll through selections to find what to read next. Sometimes, I get to find a gem. And this is one of those times!
You Should See Me In A Crown tells the story of Liz Lighty and her ultimate plan to get out of her prom-obsessed small town and get into the elite Pennington College. Unfortunately, the financial aid that would make it come true didn’t push through, but her hope awakens when she is reminded of the scholarship that awaits the prom king or queen.
Though Liz is not the “conventional” type to run for prom, she takes the adventure, or the challenge, to fulfill her dreams.
☁ INITIAL THOUGHTS AFTER READING ☁
Immediately after reading this, I remember screaming with giddiness because it was just so good! This book was very adorable, the audiobook narrator did a great job, and the story is something I will carry for a long time.
☁ FINAL THOUGHTS & RECOMMENDATIONS ☁
You Should See Me In A Crown showed us a person that was brave enough to fight for her dreams, fighting to be the ultimate queer prom queen no one ever dared ask for. And I loved every bit of it! Liz braved a world that only gives great things and opportunities to people who were White and Straight. She showed that she deserves the same beautiful things and I loved everything about it.
Beyond that, this book also offered fun friendship dynamics, witty banter, and adorable references. Not only that, the story has a side plot of a sweet sapphic romance with a lot of yearning there.
Overall, this book is generally cute and fluffy. So, if you are looking for a YA contemporary that will deliver that feel-good energy, You Should See Me In A Crown is the perfect pick! Recommending this to all young adults – and everyone who needs a pick-me-up!
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