You Should See Me in a Crown
Books | Young Adult Fiction / General
A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All TimeA Stonewall Honor BookA Reese's Book Club YA PickLiz 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?
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"As a young woman who's also black and 🏳️🌈 this representation was what I needed! I also have anxiety and while Liz and I's experiences with the disability arent exactly the same just seeing another person who looks like me also having the same mental struggles does WONDERS! I don't like that it goes the typical "closeted queer teen in a homophobic small town" route (if you can guess what I'm hinting at) but overall amazing read and Mighty is a new fav 🥰"