Audiobook Review & Giveaway: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Who else is living for sweet stories right now? We certainly are – and You Should See Me in a Crown checks every box! Check out my thoughts below and be sure you get those entries in to win this and 5 other Black & queer stories!
You Should See Me in a Crownby Leah Johnson
on June 2, 2020
Audiobook through LibroFM, Bookshop
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?
Ok I could gush about this book FOREVER but instead, I’m just going to share the top 5 reasons I adored it!
- It explores how some high school traditions are steeped in racism and homophobic ideas. I loved how Liz and others confronted traditions that needed to go!
- Liz’s journey to being her best self and not anyone else.
- A villain who is doesn’t need any redemption – and she isn’t owed one!
- Cuuuuuuute love story. Come on, of course.
- The relationships between Liz and her family and friends! I want side stories for everyone.
Alaska Johnson brings this story to life with her amazing narration so give it to a listen or grab a copy (if you can find one! It’s been sold out!) because your shelf needs Liz’s story!
To help raise awareness and to celebrate Pride, today we are giving away this stack of Black queer YA books that have all been painted by Edged in Starlight!
Pictured (top to bottom in 1st photo):
How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (green edges)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (yellow/orange ombre)
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (purple)
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (pink/purple ombre)
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (pink & blue)
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (purple ombre)
The giveaway is US/PR only. Closes on July 4th. Must provide a mailing address in the rafflecopter to win!a Rafflecopter giveaway