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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
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You Should See Me in a Crown (edition 2021)

by Leah Johnson (Author)

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A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time A Stonewall Honor Book A Reese's Book Club YA Pick 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?… (more)
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Title:You Should See Me in a Crown
Authors:Leah Johnson (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2021), 336 pages
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This was a very light and fun YA book but there was nothing really new or different added to the "misfit turned prom queen" trope. It was very predictable but the characters were likeable, except for the "evil villain," and it is a fast and easy read. If you need a quick pick-me-up story, this is a good one to read. 3.5 rounded up to 4 for the sweetness factor. ( )
  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
3.5!!! ( )
  changgukah | Aug 22, 2022 |
You Should See Me in a Crown has to be the most charming book I’ve read so far this year. What a lovely read. ( )
  DominiqueDavis | Aug 9, 2022 |
Liz's world is tipped upside down when she finds she didn't get a scholarship to the college that she had her heart set on, following in her deceased mom's footsteps. Her plan B is to become prom queen which in her small Indiana town comes with a scholarship. She's got an amazing group of friends but their relationship is not without drama and trauma. When a new girl, Amanda aka Mack, starts at the school Liz feels an attraction.
This campaign is intense! Liz struggles while also surprising herself along the way. A mean girl pulls out all the stops along the way, but other characters in the story take a stand against the racism, homophobia, and bullying on display.
A touching, fun, and affirming read. ( )
  ewyatt | Jun 13, 2022 |
Loved, loved, loved this! Leah Johnson does a fantastic job of bundling hard issues into a fluffy ridiculous event and the result is a readable, heartfelt, and impactful story that isn't too on the nose or too depressing for teens. Liz Lighty is devastated when she finds out she didn't get the expected scholarship to go to college. She doesn't want her grandparents to worry about money so she decides in an act of desperation to enter her high school's prom competition - the winner receives a 10kk scholarship. Liz has always been more of a wallflower - she has her small group of friends - but it's hard being black and queer in Indiana. How on earth will she win that crown?! Humorous, smart, and brave - everyone needs a friend like Liz Lighty - a fantastic teen read about acceptance, courage, staying true to yourself, and doing the right thing in the face of adversity. ( )
  ecataldi | May 19, 2022 |
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"The place in which I'll fit will not exist until I make it." - James Baldwin
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FOR MOM

All I am is because you are.
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I’m clutching my tray with both hands, hoping that Beyoncé grants me the strength to make it to my usual lunch table without any incidents.
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A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time A Stonewall Honor Book A Reese's Book Club YA Pick 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?

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