You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson

“I would like to go to promenade with you, Liz. We deserve good issues too. Irrespective of how we’ve got to get them.”

By no means in ten thousand million years would I say a guide about changing into highschool promenade queen wouldn’t solely scale back me to a blubbering-yet-feel-good-mess, it could additionally seemingly be on my high ten reads of 2021, however ha! jokes on me as a result of this guide has carried out each.

You Ought to See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Scholastic Press, 2020
Copy by way of my public library
Learn Tougher 2021 Process 17: Learn an personal voices YA guide with a Black major character that isn’t about Black ache

I don’t even know the place to start out in my squeeing.

I picked up this guide for Learn Tougher 2021 Process 17: “Learn an personal voices YA guide with a Black major character that isn’t about Black ache” however stayed as a result of it was SO CUTE, so compelling, so bittersweet, so excellent.

Our narrator Liz Lighty is simply … omg, adore her. Her voice is so real, constant, actual, compelling, and human. She felt like an individual on the cusp of (college-aged) maturity, somebody who needed to develop up quick and has all the abilities and scars that include that. Liz’s need to change into promenade queen begins due to the scholarship it comes with, however as she begins the method of drawing consideration towards herself, navigating that very painful and sophisticated journey of adolescent social interactions, and trusting that she deserves each happiness offered to her, the prize on the finish of all this represents one thing else totally. I’ve by no means been so emotionally invested in any promenade, and it is all due to Johnson’s writing.

The romance on this guide is good and cute and bumpy — I am #TeamMighty without end — however I simply uh-dored Liz and Jordan’s friendship. I’ve struggled with male mates rising up as a result of means individuals deal with male- and female-identified individuals in highschool being mates — as in there can solely be romantic and/or sexual need on the root of it — and seeing how Liz and Jordan rekindled their friendship was escapist and cathartic. I wept for the male-identified mates I misplaced in highschool — I am nonetheless lacking them! — as I celebrated what Liz and Jordan cemented.

I began this really by way of the audiobook, learn by Alaska Jackson, and it was fantastic — Jackson makes a fantabulous Liz. I solely stop the audiobook to remain up all night time to race to the top and I feared listening would immediate me to go to sleep in a means that holding the guide and studying would not.

So both means you need to eat it, this guide is price your time.