‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ by Leah Johnson



“Good people mess up too, but that doesn’t mean we should let it slide.”

Liz Lighty is fantastic, she’s a teen at a predominately white school trying to navigate her social anxiety so that she can become Prom Queen which will help her win funds to help her get into her preferred college.

First and foremost, “Lighty” has to have some significance here. In the beginning, and throughout, they refer to Liz as Lighty. It’s a thing to address people by their last name, but when your last name is Lighty, does that erase your blackness?

Is it supposed to be ironic, your last name is Lighty, but in this school, you are anything BUT light? I have no clue but such a great feature, any time someone called her Lighty, it made me think about the juxtaposition. That white people are calling her a “lighty”.

I loved this book with all of my being. I wished the Flo from 10 years ago got to read this book.

I’m so happy I got to read it now. There are some bomb quotes in this book that made me laugh and scream.

“I was born into royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”

Do you know how much I yelled? I was screaming yassss from the top of my lungs at 1 in the morning and I DIDN’T CARE.

It’s honestly the relevance to black culture in 2020 for me. Cause y’all, Jackie Aina was named dropped in this book. Casually. As you do. But not to mention, the pure black girl joy and love I got from this? I’m so happy.

I can’t lie to you, Leah Johnson had me in tears a couple of times, I cried so hard but then would flip the page and burst out laughing?

This book.

Finally, Grandma having Liz’s back made this book a 5/5 for me.

“You can rest Lizzie baby, I got you when you’re ready to rest.”

Any black 1st born child knows what this means and I’m crying. AY YO LEAH THIS IS NOT FAIR.

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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?

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