This was an amazing read. I definitely should start reading more contemporary books because if they are as cute as this one, then sign me up please.
This was on of my most anticipated releases of this year and I super grateful for the opportunity! So without any further ado, lets get straight into the post!
You Should See Me In A Crown
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?
Thank you Scholastic for sending me a finished copy of this book in exchange for a spot on the You Should See Me In A Crown Tour. This did not impact my review in any way.
You Should See Me In A Crown was a perfect balance between pure sapphic fluff and important topics which should be discussed more often in books.
This book follows Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Lighty, a black girl with anxiety, who has to run for prom queen in order to get the money which would help her to get into Pennington, her dream college after not winning a scholarship. She was a bit skeptical to run for prom queen as she never likes to be the center of attention and believed that she was way to black for her town’s rich shenanigans, but finds no other option as she is determined to fulfil her dream.
I’m so tired of the way this place treats people who are different, tired of feeling like I exist in the margins of my own life. I deserve better than that.
Everything seems to go smoothly, with the help of her quote unquote ‘popular’ friends until she starts to fall for her new classmate Mack, who is also very much like her, a music nerd. Now not only does Liz has to try to win Prom Queen as one of the only black kids in her school, Campbell but also compete against her crush.
So as I mentioned earlier, this was freaking cutetm. Liz’s character development, awkward high school moments, music references (!!!) and prom. You Should See Me In A Crown also shines a light on important issues such as racism, homophobia, chronic illness, poverty and anxiety.
Now to my favourite quotes!
“Music is something I understand— the notes are a thing I can always bend to my will“
“Terrible people aren’t always the ones doing something wrong. Good people mess up too, but that doesn’t mean we should let it slide“
“Silence and shame aren’t the same thing—not by a longshot. But sometimes silence is simpler”
“But sometimes it’s worth it to do what feels right.“
“I never needed this race or a hashtag or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”
Overall, this is definitely one of my favourite books (the saga book tour arcs becoming my favourite books continues) which I also won’t shut up about :)
Representation: Black Queer MC with anxiety, Side queer character, side black characters (one being chronically ill)
Trigger Warnings: Death of a parent (off page), chronically ill loved one, a character being outed, homophobia.
About The Author
Leah Johnson (she/her) is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Leah is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been published in BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and Autostraddle among others. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown was the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick, and was named one of Cosmo‘s 15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021.
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