Happy book birthday to You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson! A scholarship comes alongside the crown of prom queen and when the financial aid Liz Lighty is relying on for college doesn’t come through for her, this contest opens up as an opportunity to address it. A story about a young black girl and the perseverance she has to get into the school of her dreams, this book shows the strength a person can have even when the path to those dreams isn’t quite what she’d hoped.
A must-read of June’s YA releases!
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 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?