Book review

ARC review | You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Another queer book recommendation coming your way –

Book Name: You Should See Me in a Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Count: 324
Book Link: Amazon
Synopsis on Goodreads:
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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?

My views:

I want to see a movie adaptation of You Should See Me in a Crown! This book has my heart. It was heartwarming, cute, and wholesome. As soon as I learned that the premise revolves around high school, prom, and high-school politics then count me in! Where the book also dealt with many important themes like sexuality and class differences. 

You Should See Me in a Crown follows the story of Elizabeth aka Liz Lighty, a high-schooler, 17-year-old queer and black residing in the town of Indiana along with her grandparents and brother Robbie. She is fun and happy and whatever she sets her mind to, tends to achieve it. She is waiting to leave for Pennington as soon as her financial aid will be cleared from the college but an unexpected turn of events lands her in the race for the prom queen of her high school Campbell. Little did she know that this prom race will lead her to make some new awesome cool friends in Campbell, she’ll get her years old and one of the most precious friendships back, and last but not the least she might fall for her competition which can ruin her Pennington plans forever?

But of course, high school is not a bed of roses for everyone. Many stages need to be passed to be in the top 4 contenders for running for the queen which will finally be based on the audience votes. When the school even has stupid quaint rules that no same-sex couples are allowed to enter the prom together, this will not deter Liz from her purpose. She is ready to tackle every problem and is going to do whatever it takes to win!

A sweet, cute, and wholesome story about love, family, and friendship. Liz Lighty is a well-crafted character who doesn’t shy away from saying her heart out. She believes she is too black, queer, and too poor in Campbell among her rich peers and schoolmates in Indiana. But she is a firm believer in her dream of having a scholarship and attending Pennington just like her mother and she is going to achieve it. This book was so good that I couldn’t stop reading it.

The good moment was when Liz embraces her sexuality with the help of Mack and I loved that Mack as her partner supported Liz through thick and thin. This is the story of accepting yourself in your skin, pursuing your dreams, showed us the importance and gave the inspiration of family, friendship, and young love. I think the book was great in terms of the plot, characters, language, and narration, and kudos to the author for doing an amazing job!



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