You Should See Me in a Crown

It’s the weight, the impact, of being different in a town that hasn’t learned how to hold us close and refuses to treat every part of us with as much care as we deserve.

— Leah Johnson



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. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams — or make them come true? – Leah Johnson


I absolutely adored this book, and hope that everyone gets a chance to read it! It sang to my inner anxious band nerd. This was a perfect blend of heavy and light topics, and Leah Johnson navigates them so well.

There are so many sweet moments between different characters, and quotes that I marked about race, anxiety, friendship, hiding your identity, and love. *MINI SPOILER: The ending was everything that should happen in real life, but probably doesn’t (because prejudice isn’t dead, as much as we’d like it to be) – and in these crazy times I’m good with a happy ending.

Oh, and Liz’s grandpa who was always napping in the background was an added bonus.

Content and trigger warnings: anxiety, panic attacks, outing, homophobia, death of a parent, chronically ill family member.

Book Details

You Should See Me in a Crown
by Leah Johnson
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Scholastic Press


I absolutely adored this book, and recommend that everyone reads it! It sang to my inner anxious band nerd. ;) This was a perfect blend of heavy and light topics, and is a book I wish we had when I was in high school.

— Cassie
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