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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson — Book Review

You Should See Me in a Crown

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

AUTHOR: Leah Johnson

PUBLISHED ON: 2 June 2020

GENRE: Queer, YA, Fiction

Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Children’s & Young Adult (Honorable Mention) (2021), Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee (2022), Lincoln Award Nominee (2023), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2020), Swoon Award for Young Adult Romance (2020)

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You should see me in a crown by Leah Johnson is a high school romance story. We follow Liz as she finds out she could not fulfil her further studies as planned since her financial aid fell through. When nothing seems to work, we see how she decides to overcome her fears and try to win the Prom. Liz, with help of her friends and family, start preparing for prom and in her journey from being a Prom contestant, we see her in emotional roller coaster. From her ex-best friend to some issues with her present best friend, from being no one to being a target, from hiding amongst the peers to trying to win the prom. How far Liz can go to fulfil her dreams?


I have to admit, this review is going to be very short, for a simple reason that I read this book some years ago and had the half-written blog staring at me with accusation. So, here I am trying to write a short review.

Personally, I don’t read many romance books. This was an exception because suddenly, it was very popular and something that everyone around was talking about. And so, I read You Should see me in a Crown by Leah Johnson which something so different than what I generally read. As I was reading it, I personally realized why I don’t read Romance. It is very slow pace for me and I feel as if nothing is happening . But personal tastes aside, You should see me in a crown is well-written book, with a good coming of age story and a story that people will remember for years to come.

Sadly, that person is not me. So, a 3 stars from me.

But if you enjoy Romance and Coming of the age story, you will enjoy this short, simple, heart-warming story.

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You can read the review for Aurora Cycle here.


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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