Tuesday, October 27, 2020

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

It would be easy to write off You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson as romantic fluff (and there's nothing wrong with romantic fluff), but there's more than initially meets the eye to this new book by debut author Johnson.  

Liz Lighty lives with her grandparents and brother and is one of the few Black students at her rural Indiana high school.  She has friends and a solid social life, but she lost her mom to sickle cell disease and her family is struggling financially.  She's a talented musician and dreams of going to college on a music scholarship, but when that plan falls through her friends convince her to run for prom queen because the winner receives a hefty scholarship.  Black, queer, and not at all interested in what the popular kids think of her, Liz is an unlikely prom queen candidate.  

Funny, but pointed in its critique of the status quo, You Should See Me in a Crown is a great choice when you're looking for a breezy read with a little bite.  You can access it via Sora and CloudLibrary.

Happy reading!

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