You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson

“I might like to go to promenade with you, Liz. We deserve good issues too. Regardless of how we now have to get them.”

By no means in ten thousand million years would I say a e-book about changing into highschool promenade queen wouldn’t solely scale back me to a blubbering-yet-feel-good-mess, it will additionally possible be on my high ten reads of 2021, however ha! jokes on me as a result of this e-book has accomplished 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 e-book with a Black essential character that isn’t about Black ache

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

I picked up this e-book for Learn Tougher 2021 Process 17: “Learn an personal voices YA e-book with a Black essential 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 turn 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 complex 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 e-book is good and cute and bumpy — I am #TeamMighty ceaselessly — however I simply uh-dored Liz and Jordan’s friendship. I’ve struggled with male associates rising up as a result of manner folks deal with male- and female-identified individuals in highschool being associates — 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 associates I misplaced in highschool — I am nonetheless lacking them! — as I celebrated what Liz and Jordan cemented.

I began this truly by way of the audiobook, learn by Alaska Jackson, and it was fantastic — Jackson makes a fantabulous Liz. I solely give up the audiobook to remain up all night time to race to the tip and I feared listening would immediate me to go to sleep in a manner that holding the e-book and studying would not.

So both manner you wish to eat it, this e-book is value your time.


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