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You Should See Me in A Crown [Leah Johnson- Book Review]

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This book evoked a lot of feelings in me. I did not expect I was going to like it so much because of the prom theme, but this book just shook me to my core, and I am so glad I took the time to read this book. Especially during pride month because I think it was epic to have a black bisexual main character because I dont see those a lot in books. But that is probably my gaudy because I should learn to read more diversely and not just read whatever else is reading. 

Liz is a black girl living in Indiana. She feels out of place because she doesn’t have as much money as her peers, and her family is just her brother and grandparents. She has big plans to get away from her hometown and follow in the footsteps of her mom, but those do not work out. So Liz needs a new way to pay for school. Which is why she signs up to run for prom queen. Prom is huge in her town. There are proposals and people have to do community service and other activities to qualify for court. And Liz needs to win to get the money she needs for school. Even if the school has stupid archaic rules such as no same sex couples attending prom together, and you have to dress as your “assigned” gender or you can’t attend. Still, Liz is going to do whatever she has to in order to win. 

The school has this social media app thats like the most important thing and can make or break a person. It has been hurting Liz, but her best friend is gong to make her image over and help her win. Liz is ready to take on the world, and become the prom queen. She would even be the first black prom queen in the history of the town.

But then along comes Mack, and she is making Liz wonder if this whole prom thing is worth it. Liz has no problem admitting she is bi, but she is not fully out in her small town due to preceptions people have. She and Mack are going to to keep it a secret so Liz can win prom queen, and everything is going to be okay. 

But of course, this is high school so nothing ever works out the way you plan. Liz gets into a fight with her best friend Gabi, she is getting close to her former dude best friend Jordan, and she isn’t going to let mean girl Rachel take her down. In between that, her little brother has sickle cell anemia and her grandparents would never be able to help her pay for college. Liz has a lot to deal with, and she just has to make it to prom night…

This book is good. Once I started reading, I could not stop. Liz is such a likable character, and her growth is awesome. I love how she learns to embrace her sexuality with the help of her friends and Mack. This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time about teenagers in the world, and I hope this will be popular. 

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