You Should See Me in A Crown

You Should See Me in A Crown

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Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine--but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781338503265
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm.


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JCLRachelN Dec 29, 2020

This book was enjoyable from its delightful cover to the last few pages. I found myself rooting for Liz Lighty as she puts her name in for prom queen and navigates friendships, love, and the new attention it brings. Liz is such a great character and I'm glad I picked up this story.

JCLHeatherM Nov 25, 2020

Part of Reese Witherspoon's 'Hello Sunshine' book club, prom season is in full swing in Midwestern Indiana.

Oct 15, 2020

So cute! Definitely worth the read.

VaughanPLShelly Oct 14, 2020

This is easily one of my favourite books of the year! Both teens and adults alike will enjoy this prom-themed rom-com. Despite some of the more heavy subjects that may appear, the author still managed to make this book feel refreshing and hopeful. Highly recommend!

DCLkids Oct 09, 2020

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick 2020. When Liz loses out on a music scholarship, she is determined to get money for college any way she can. She decides to run for prom queen, even though she has never thought of herself as prom queen material, in the hopes of getting the scholarship money that comes with the crown. Grades 7-8.

KyCCL Oct 04, 2020

If you have ever felt out of place, or been in a high school music group, or gone to high school, you will find something in this book that you can relate to. It is fan-tas-tic!

Sep 30, 2020

i love this book so much omfg

IndyPL_ShelbyP Sep 04, 2020

I'm not crying - who is cutting onions here? This book has everything you could possibly want in a YA prom story. It's cute, quirky, queer, and tugs a little at the heartstrings. What I loved so much about this book is how Johnson puts TLC in all of the different relationships that Liz has in this book and that there is growth all around. Also, definitely biased here, but I always love a good story that takes place in Indiana.

ArapahoeJennieB Aug 20, 2020

A story that accurately portrays the highs and the lows of high school; prom, friendship and first crushes/loves, with a queer-tastic twist.

LPL_MaryW Jul 24, 2020

You Should See Me in a Crown is a quintessential prom story with some twists—namely that the protagonist is a queer Black girl. Liz Lighty dreams of following in her late mother’s footsteps and attending Pennington. But she can’t go to college without financial aid, and the music scholarship she was counting on fell through. She has no other choice but to run for prom queen in the tiny Midwestern town where she’s never fit in, fighting for the cash prize like her future depends on it. Campaign sabotage eventually forces her to stand up for herself and her values, because fairytales aren’t just for white heteros. Read on for Black joy and queer romance!

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