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, New York : Scholastic Press, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781338503265
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,22 cm.


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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!

RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "For me, 'You Should See Me in a Crown' is a perfect book, verging on a Squee. The people I wanted to thrive do so and the worst people have their comeuppances. It showcases how friendships and romantic relationships can be messy and exhilarating all at the same time. The writing is beautifully done and it made me teary not once, but twice, since it caught me again when the prom court is chosen (I need someone at Netflix to turn this into a movie, because that scene NEEDS to be made). Much like with 'The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea', I can’t wait for my daughters to be old enough to read it. If you have any kids in your lives who are the right age for a YA romance, please pick up this book. 'You Should See Me in a Crown' is an incredible book and can all use some Liz Lighty energy in our lives."


TSCPL_Miranda Jun 30, 2020

One of my favorite books of 2020, so far! I loved this story of a girl who is drawn out of her comfort zone to compete for the honor of becoming Homecoming Queen...and collecting the scholarship money that goes with the crown. An exploration of friendship and authenticity, with a tenacious and smart lead character that you'll be rooting for all the way. Bonus: a great narrator on audiobook.

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