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You Should See Me in a Crown (Hardcover)

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Liz Lighty is a high school senior who can’t wait to get out of her small Indiana town and head off to her dream school. Unfortunately she finds out she won’t be receiving the financial aid she needs to attend college. Pressed for ways to come up with the money, she decides to run for prom queen after she is reminded that the winner gets a scholarship! This book was such an authentic & heartwarming story that made for a fun read!--Tyrinne

— From Young Adult Recommendations


Becky Albertalli meets Jenny Han in a smart, hilarious, black girl magic, own voices rom-com by a staggeringly talented new writer.

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?

About the Author

Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338503265
ISBN-10: 133850326X
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 336