You Should See Me in a Crown
by Leah Johnson
YA Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
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?
This book has been on my radar for a while, so it was only right that I finally got around to it! Now… let’s see if it lived up to my expectations!
You Should See Me in a Crown follows the story of the lovable Liz Lighty and her quest to become prom queen. She desperately wants to win so she can get a scholarship to her dream college so enlists her best friends to help her run a campaign like no other. But when she starts falling for the new girl at their school, AKA her competition, that’s when she begins to run into some problems.
I absolutely loved this book!!! All the hype about it is true. It put such a smile on my face as I read it, and I flew through it too. I feel like that alone is such a good sign. The pace was perfect and the plot had such a gripping concept before I even began that I was bound to love that too. Johnson’s characters are fantastic as well – truly three-dimensional and they all felt so real. They all had flaws and they all made mistakes and I liked seeing that. There’s nothing worse in YA books that characters who seem to be absolutely perfect and God’s gift on earth, because, spoiler alert, nobody is.
So diverse and written by a Black, queer woman, this is definitely not a book to miss! And to think if this is only Leah Johnson’s debut—captivating, enjoyable, mixed together with all the right ingredients for a YA contemporary—then I’m surely going to love whatever comes next.