Book Review: You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson | #GIFTED
August 14, 2020
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
Title: You Should See Me In a Crown Author: Leah Johnson Publisher: Scholastic UK Published: 2nd July 2020 Format: Paperback Source: Review copy from Publisher (#gifted) Links:Goodreads. Waterstones. Summary: Becky Albertalli meets Jenny Han in a smart, hilarious, black girl magic, own voices rom-com by fantastic debut talent, Leah Johnson.Liz has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed town. But Liz has an escape plan to attend an uber-elite 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 college. 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?
Sometimes you stumble across a book that is so wonderful and beautiful that you simply have to sit a while after reading it. This is what happened to me after I finished reading You Should See Me In A Crown. This book was an absolutely heart-warming, cute, lovely story that I simply could not get enough of – and I am not going to lie, I was entirely devastated when the book ended as I could no longer stay in the world with these brilliant and vibrant characters.
In You Should See Me In a Crown, Liz has a dream to go to college but unfortunately her application for a scholarship falls through. She knows her family cannot afford to send her to the college of her dreams and thus, she realises, the only way to get there is to run for Prom Queen as the winner receives a sponsorship. But winning isn’t as easy as it should be as it is a popularity contest and Liz isn’t exactly popular. But she has her friends on her side and she’s going to do what she can to win the race … even if it means hiding a part of herself in the process.
Honestly, I can not get enough of this book. It has so many layers, and really deals with everything so sensitively and well. The blossoming romance between Liz and Mack is heart-pumping goodness. It’s sweet and subtle and you just want to cheer for them every step of the way. The book also talks about friendships and how they can get away from us sometimes. It looks at chronic illness and familial love as well. It might seem like all of this in one book would be too much but it really, really isn’t. Leah Johnson has done a fantastic job of bringing this all together.
I adored Liz. I wanted so much for her life to give her everything she deserved. But I also loved how much everyone else loved her and she didn’t quite understand why. I loved how you got to see what she couldn’t whilst also reading the book from her perspective. I also really loved Mack. I thought she was a fantastic character and I thought the chemistry between the two characters was just so wonderful to read.
You Should See Me In a Crown is an emotional rollarcoaster of a read. You will be swooning one moment and balling your eyes out the next. But it moves so swiftly between the emotions that you barely notice. It is strong, powerful and intense. It is a book that I highly recommend and one that I definitely think I may end up re-reading at some point. If you’re looking for a heart-warming, all-round fantastic novel, then this is a book you should think about picking up!