You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Narrator: Alaska Jackson
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes
Publication Date: 2nd June 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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?”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve been seeing and hearing about this book everywhere and just had to see what all the hype was about. I was lucky enough to find the audiobook available on Scribd so didn’t have to wait long.
This is a well written book with a great plot and some great representation. But unfortunately, I found it very predictable and knew exactly how it would end right from the start. The plot may have been great but I don’t know it just didn’t quite feel original and I can’t pinpoint why, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for this one or maybe I’ve just read too many similar books recently, I can’t really say.
Although there was something missing for me I really enjoyed the character development, which I couldn’t fault. Liz the main character was definitely my favourite. She’s been through so much already, with losing her mum and helping to look after her sick younger brother. Yet still having the energy to be a fighter to achieve an education, and make a name for herself. She’s just a kind and loveable person who you just can’t help feel sorry for and hope she achieves what she wants in life.
Nearly everyone who has read this book seems to have fallen in love with it but for me it was just an average read. Never the less I would still recommend it as I am definitely only one in a few who don’t fall head over heels in love with love it.
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