Hi everyone! Today is my tour stop for You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson for Hear Our Voices Book Tours. I’m always up for new queer stories so I was excited to finally read this one after knocking a few titles off of my TBR list.
Along with a mini review, I’m also sharing 15 thoughts that came up during my reading session.
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?
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.
*Thanks to Scholastic Press and Hear Our Voices Book Tours for a spot on this book tour!*
I love being able to see myself in characters of a story after having to do it in my head for so long and Liz was no different. From the anxiety and panic attacks to looking for a place to be her true self, there were so many places where I identified with her, and I loved following her prom journey and eventually coming out of her shell.
Everything surrounding Liz was also great. It felt very much like a John Hughes movie with pieces of current issues throughout, which I thought were handled really well. It’s nice to have queer representation in a space like this – especially when you’ve been looking for it for so long.
This was such an adorable read and I was sad to see to it end. I’d love to follow these characters for many more adventures!
15 THOUGHTS WHILE READING
- “The idea of people’s eyes being on me for any longer than the time it takes for me to pass out their sheet music before concert band rehearsal makes me undeniably nervous.”
I know this feeling all to well – I’ve had my share of panic attacks over the years and they are the absolute WORST.
- I love Liz & Robbie’s relationship
- T-shirt, skinny jeans & Chucks – I live in this uniform!
- Affirmative action?! … Really Rachel? 🙄
- “Opposition research purposes” … sure Liz 😉
- Grandad and these Chick-fil-A waffle fries! 😂 I understand though! 😋
- “Silence and shame aren’t the same thing – not by a long shot. But sometimes silence is simpler.”
As true as this might seem at times, I really wish it wasn’t …
- Gabi, Gabi, Gabi … of all the things to say 🤦🏾♀️
- I’ve been around so many kids like Peanut! I LOVE her!
- First dates! 🤗🥰
- F*CK. YOUR. FAIRY. TALE. 👑
- Yes Madame Simoné! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
- All the crowns! 😍
- “I just want you to know that you can rest, Lizzie, baby. I got you when you’re ready to rest.”
This conversation between Granny and Liz 😭
- Why is it over?! I need more!!
Have you read You Should See Me in a Crown? Is it on your TBR?
Make sure to check out stops from the rest of the tour here!