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You Should See Me in a Crown

Narrated by: Alaska Jackson
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

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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Such a sweet, lovely story

this was a gorgeous satisfying audiobook about a queer black girl finding her light. loved it

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Beautiful!

Loved this book!!! The main character Liz is a hero you fall for & root for from the beginning. It’s beautifully written & I would highly recommend it for everyone. Can’t wait to read more from Leah Johnson!

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  • Jenny S. Morris
  • 06-06-20

Sweet prom romance and so much more!

The story captivated my heart right away and I ended up loving all the characters. I always love when an author creates a family that feels whole and connected. And I swooned over their relationship. They make my heart happy.

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  • Valkyrie
  • 18-06-20

Here - just take my money!

This is going on my I-wish-I’d-had-this-book-when-I-was-growing-up shelf. That is to say, I will definitely be acquiring a physical copy and it is going to live between my copy of Leah on the Offbeat and my Heartbreaker graphic novels. This book is a perfect example of the intersectionality I always hope to see in the books I read. I live at the crossroads of so many different “worlds” that it’s hard to find books you can see yourself reflected in. And this book does the job beautifully with characters I can see parts of myself in and characters I would have been friends with in high school. I would have worn the covers off this one if I’d had it back then.

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  • breakfestwrachel
  • 08-09-20

Polish Your Crown...Your Thrown is Ready

I absolutely loved this Reese YA Book Club pick. So many amazing take aways for readers no matter what age you are. One that should be on everyone’s must read list. Do you have your crown ready?

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  • Theresa
  • 08-09-20

I got to chapter five...

before the author decided to focus on assuming everyone is racist, sexist, and bigoted toward a girl who is very successful BECAUSE of her race etc. instead of BECAUSE she's successful and they are jealous. why would that be a thing? no one does this nowadays. I don't need to read about this in my very limited reading time.

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  • IYW
  • 03-09-20

adorable, inclusive, joyful read

Adorable, inclusive, joyful read that brings back ALL THE FEELS of high school. Hits its notes perfectly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-09-20

Wonderful Author!

I have met the author before she was the author and I really enjoyed this story. it was a sweet story. I definitely recommend it to anyone who remembers being a teenager and the struggles of being young and awkward.

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  • Thistle
  • 09-08-20

Sublime

This book is exactly what I needed in my life. The narrator is fabulous! Thank you Leah Johnson you have new fan for life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-20

best book of 2020

amazing. simply amazing. I couldn't stop listening. it was so good! I loved it!

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  • C. Moody
  • 01-07-20

The queer high school romance we all wish we'd had

First, the narrator was great. *light spoilers* As for the story, Liz Lighty is a very likeable character, as is her best friend Jordan Jennings. It's a really cutesy queer romance novel that we need more of. If straight people can have mounds of cheesy high school romance stories so can we, and this book definitely delivers! I had a smile on my face for a majority of the book, smitten with the characters, the plot, and how wonderfully it all comes together in the end. As a trigger warning for other readers, a character does get publicly outed.

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  • MAM
  • 28-06-20

cuteness overload!

Absolutely loved this!! great narration and I loved watching Liz and Mac's relationship develop. Highly recommend!