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You Should See Me in a Crown

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  36,704 ratings  ·  7,542 reviews
Liz 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Scholastic Press
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chai ♡
I... can’t hold enough of this book in my hands. I listened to the audiobook, and it was superb. I listened to You Should See Me in a Crown everywhere, but then it was over and I mourned its loss. I wished, then, that the story could be solid and picked up and held close, so that I could reach for it and trace the words with my fingers whenever I needed. I immediately ordered a physical copy right there and then.

You Should See Me in a Crown follows the story of Liz Lighty who wants nothing but t
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This book was so stinkin' cute! It was hard not to smile the whole time while reading about such cute compatible characters coming together. I loved the ending, without spoiling anything it was very heartwarming. Liz was a great character and seeing her romance with Amanda bloom was adorable! Watching two girls fall in love in a small town and shake things up was awesome. But there was also a lot of layers to this story, so it had so much going for it. A great Valentine's day read overall! ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was so fucking cute, I can't stand it. You need to read this small-town F/F romance immediately 🥺 ...more

without a doubt, this will make my best of 2020 list. this was e v e r y t h i n g !!! ❤️

Content and trigger warnings: anxiety, panic attacks, death of a parent,chronically ill loved one, outing, homophobia (thank you Fadwa!)

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This is was July 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕
may ➹
gay culture be like [locks eyes with a girl] wow she has pretty eyes....... oh no I think I’m in love


- to be honest, I thought this was going to be a 3-star book the entire time I was reading this but by the end I was surprised by how much I was enjoying it!
- this book follows a Black queer girl with anxiety named Liz who must run for prom queen in her school’s prom competition in order to win the money she needs to get into her dream college. but she has to figure out how to put herself out
It has come to my attention that I have exactly one brain cell and no heart.

I have had three conference calls today, and I have another big one tomorrow, and therefore the amount of a) work and b) small talk and c) fake smiling I have done has been the cause of death for the 17 brain cells I had previous to this cursed day.

I just don't have anything else to say about tropical storms, you know? On the spectrum of light pre-nitty gritty conversation they rank more interesting than whatever people'
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, 5-stars-2020
Really related to Liz’s grandpa who was always napping in the background
destiny ♡ howling libraries
I don't believe in fairy tales and love at first sight and all that, but for just a second, I think this girl and those eyes and the way her freckles dot the entire expanse of her face are cute enough to make a believer out of me.

It's been a long time since I've reached for a fluffy, cutesy YA contemporary story because I thought I had gotten burnt out on the genre, but I'm here to tell you all that wasn't the case; I just wasn't picking up the right ones, and this book is absolutely the rig
2021 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.

This was a short cute read, about a small town girl running for prom Queen. 👸🏾 She’s not the normal fairytale candidate and honestly just needs the money from the potential win for school. 😉 But, wow, she’s got gusto. I loved the courageous moments and the relationships with friends. This was a heartwarming read. ❤️📚
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh myyyy... Why did I wait too long and let other books occupy me and procrastinate to have my special meeting with those amazing characters!

I’m telling you my friends defining this book as the sweetest, loveliest, coziest read is not enough!

I fell hard for this book because of many reasons which are:

One of the most inspirational, powerful MC:

There are lots of things to tell about Liz. She truly knows how challenging and hard to be a young black and queer girl in small town Indiana and how it
This was so freaking cute. This is a YA novel that follows this girl named Liz who decides to run for prom queen so she can get the scholarship that comes along with winning it, so she can go to her dream college. The only problem is the fact that she is falling for a girl she is competing with, so cue the forbidden romance!! This book was so cute and so soft and it made my heart so happy. It has a great message about being proud of who you are and some important own-voices representation, and I ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I'm tearing up. I wish I'd had this when I was fourteen. ...more
Alexis Hall
God, help me. This was so lovely I ugly-cried. Like, repeatedly.

Don't get me wrong, it's also unfliching as fuck: there's issues of grief, shame, identity, marginalisation, loneliness, and poverty in here.

But it's also just full of love. Ack. My cold, dead heart just can't take it.

So much I appreciate about this: the exploration of intersectional identity, the heroine (who is just amazing), the gorgeously tender queer lovestory, the centrality of family and friendships, everything everything ev
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

I shed happy tears! Utterly delightful in every way. And absolutely worth the hype.
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
this was SO CUTE. a wonderful and sweet sapphic romance about a girl who enters a prom queen contest in her small town to win the prize money that will allow her to go to her dream college. loved our main character's personality and also the very wholesome platonic friendship she has with one of the male characters. definitely recommend as a pick me up!! ...more
4 stars

You Should See Me in a Crown was such a delightful and fun read. This is one of those books that as soon as I finished I thought, this would make the cutest high school movie. I would love to see Liz's story on the big screen!

Liz Lighty is a senior in high school. She's an overachiever, plays in the band, and is going to be valedictorian. And now? Now she's running for prom queen. The winner of prom queen at her school doesn't only get a crown, she gets a scholarship as well, and Liz de
Basically Britt
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Hands down my favourite YA contemporary now!!!
Larry H
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Leah Johnson's debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown , is about the fight to be who you are when people are telling you not to be yourself.

Liz Lighty has her immediate future planned. She’s waiting on the scholarship she needs to attend her dream college and then she can study hematology and play in their famed orchestra.

But when the scholarship doesn’t materialize, she decides to take a different route and run for prom queen. In her small Indiana town, prom is SERIOUS, and the k
Reading_ Tamishly
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super nerdy characters.
Fun writing.
Witty and humorous.
Damn cute.

***Reps: Multiculture, race, LGBTQ, anxiety

One star less because of the predictable and too convenient ending.
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: aoc
This queer boy from indiana can't wait to read about a queer girl from indiana as she falls in love with her competition in a beauty pageant??? i'm??? ...more
Lauren Lanz
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, 4-stars
“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”

This was a really sweet, empowering story!
You Should See Me in a Crown was brought to my attention when the Black Lives Matter protests in America started this year. BLM protesting sparked here in Canada as well, and I came across several lists of books to support by black authors. This one was mentioned a lot, with a premise that seemed lovely!

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This was definitely a solid 4.5 stars!

TW: death (off page), homophobia (on and off page), illness, and outing

What a beautiful book! This is the book that I could have used when I was growing up. I needed a book where the main character was a Black queer girl who was trying to not only figure out her identity, but just wanted to make the best of her high school experience and be successful. Leah Johnson captures such a beautiful narrative in this novel and I need more stories like this in my li
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

CW: anxiety, panic attacks, death of a parent, chronically ill loved one, outing, homophobia.

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN was such a nice balance between pure sapphic fluff and important discussions of some more or less heavy topics. It delivered exactly what it promised. All the cuteness that comes with a queer girl falling in love for the new girl in school, the coming of age element of her trying new thing
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2021, queer
This was adorable! I read this book mostly via audio and the narration by Alaska Jackson was amazing. This story is just bursting at the seams with delightful teenage, high school shenanigans - and I never thought I'd actually care about things like that, but honestly, make it gay and I'm all for it. There were so many fun things like bake sales, prom campaigning, powder puff games - which I didn't even know what that was before reading this - all while still addressing a lot of important things ...more
TW for loss of a parent, anxiety, outing, homophobia, and chronic-illness.


I flew through this audiobook and adored every second of it. This is a sapphic romance about Liz, who has to run for prom queen in order to get a scholarship so that she can attend her dream school. There were so many things addressed in this book that I could relate to and that I think all teens can relate to. Liz has to confront her best friend and they really have to work towards understanding and changing i
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”

You Should See Me in a Crown took the book community by storm around June, so naturally it took me six months to pick it up. I feel like the last person to have read this- but if you haven't either- here is your push to start it!

This book is a YA contemporary following Liz as she competes for prom queen in order to go get financial support to attend her dream school. Bu
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“When you already feel like everything about you makes you stand out, it just makes more sense to find as many ways to blend in as you can.”

Liz Lighty is a black, not exactly openly queer, teen in Indiana hoping to go to college on a scholarship. When her original scholarship plans fall through, she enters into her high schools prom court in the hopes of winning the coveted Prom Queen which also happens to come with a college scholarship. But navigating the social circles at her sc
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“And I know then what I've always known: Campbell is never going to make a space for me to fit. I'm going to have to demand it.”

representation: ownvoices Black rep, queer rep (f/f romance), anxiety and panic attacks, disability (sickle cell disease).

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]



trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past due to sickle cell disease), homophobia, bullying, racism, panic attacks, being outed, medic
Queer, cute and fluffy 🥰🥰
It reminds me so much of a highschool 90's movie
elena ❀ [on hiatus bc of finals]
headed over to the four library accounts i have and added gay romances to my wish list. if only more books had similar power like this one, my life would probably be more blissful, joyous, and carefree.
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Leah Johnson (she/her) is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN was the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and was named a best book of the year by Cosmo, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, and New York Public Library among others. Her sophomore novel, RISE TO THE SUN is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021. ...more

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