You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Publication Date: June 20th, 2020
You Should See Me in a Crown follows Liz Lightly through her senior year of high school as she prepares to escape her very-rich, very-white Indiana town. Then the scholarship she was depending on falls through, and she must figure out another way to attend the uber-elite music college that holds the key to all her future plans. Suddenly Liz is careening down the path to Prom Queen and the scholarship it provides…but only if she can figure out how to shine her absolute brightest.
I was hooked by the very first chapter and couldn’t wait to see to see the rest of Liz’s story unfold. Especially since I checked out the audiobook from my library and the narration was quite good. (Shout out to Alaska Jackson on the phenomenal job!)
What I Liked:
- I really enjoyed the premise of this book. It was quite a clever & multi-faceted coming of age story. I also liked Leah’s take on the classic “running for prom queen” theme (trope?). I loved seeing all the prom events and Liz’s initial, and eventual, approaches to what it means to be a (Prom) Queen.
- The writing and narration are a great match!! The writing style is easy to absorb and the excellent narration, with distinct voices for each character, made slipping into to this book a breeze.
- The characters are all gems!! (Except for maybe, Rachel Collins.) I loved how vibrant and distinct Leah made each character. I especially loved Liz’s grandma. She had me cracking up anytime she was on the page.
- Liz & Mack are honestly too fricken cute. They were infectiously adorable and I found myself grinning constantly.
- I appreciated seeing the LGBTQIA+ reps and themes that were presented in this story and how they were handled with care.
What I Didn’t Like:
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You Should See Me in a Crown is infectiously cute YA contemporary, that everyone should pick up. Besides a beyond gorgeous cover, this book has complicated friendships, first loves, and truths that only come with complete self-acceptance. I really can’t recommend this book enough, and I look forward to seeing what Leah Johnson releases next.