Hey bookworms! How has your week been? Mine has been super busy! I’m starting to get back into the swing of things school wise. I think the summer rust is starting to wear off a but. I got a chance to bake some lemon cookies earlier today, so that was fun (and tasty).
Book: You Should See Me In A Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
Published June 2nd 2020 by Scholastic Press
TW: anxiety, panic attacks, death of a parent, chronically ill loved one, outing, homophobia, classism
Liz Lighty is tired of feeling like she is too black, too poor, and too awkward to stand out in her small Indiana town. That’s why she plans to leave as soon as she can. When her hopes of a scholarship come crashing down, Liz has to come up with plan B. Luckily (or not) for her, the prize for winning prom queen is a scholarship that could get Liz out. All she would have to do is endure the pain of having to actually run. Maybe Mack, another girl running for prom queen, can make it a bit less painful. Smart, funny, and a bit of an outsider, but she is also the competition. And if there is one thing Liz can’t do it is falling for the competition.
I really loved the writing in You Should See Me In a Crown. It was light and fast-paced, while also tackling some important topics like racism, homophobia, and standing up for yourself. The voice in this book was very light and honest, but also hit on some more serious topics in a really great way.
It is definitely a character driven book, but I also really enjoyed the elements of the prom queen competition as well as some of the new friendships forged.
Most of the friendships (more on that in a second) were so great! Especially between Jordan and Liz. They had a falling out a few years prior to this book, so it was really interesting to rebuild their friendship.
I was a fan of all of the friendships, except I could not stand Gaby. I really wanted to slap some sense into her. I’m hoping some of her craziness was just her being a promzilla, but all of the jealousy seemed to go deeper than that. At the end of the day, she wasn’t a good friend.
Mack and Liz are so cute! I was rooting for them throughout the entire book. Based on the blurb, I honestly thought that the romance was going to be front and center in this book, but that wasn’t really the case. I wasn’t disappointed by this at all. The book was more about Liz as a character and her growth.
This book was not at all what I was expecting. It exceeds every expectation I thought I had for it. It has amazing character growth and such a powerful message.