August 8 2020

You should see me in a crown, by Leah Johnson

You should see me in a crown

You should see me in a crown, by Leah Johnson

Title: You should see me in a crown
Author: Leah Johnson
Genre/ issues: YA romance. Coming of age. Race.

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What a delight this book by Leah Johnson was! I read this in a single sitting tonight – sweet, engaging, heartfelt and romantic. Liz’s plans for college are in jeopardy when some financial support she was counting on falls through, until her brother comes up with the bright idea of running for prom queen and the scholarship that goes along with it. Liz has always felt too black, too poor and too awkward for her small, rich and prom-obsessed town. But running for prom queen might just be the thing she needs to help her see how she really fits in. Plus, the new girl at school … did I mention romance?

I grew up in a small town. I felt the sting of not feeling “enough” of anything. Of not feeling like I fit in, even with my friends. I loved the arc that Liz gets in You Should See Me in a Crown. There were scenes that brought me to tears of joy, and some moments that gave me real 10 Things vibes. An utter joy.

It also marks me hitting my target for my 2020 Reading Challenge  – 52/52. I guess I need to readjust that target, huh?

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 52/52

Happy reading,




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Posted August 8, 2020 by Tamara Reads in category Book chat, YA Books

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NSWPRC Officer, Teacher Librarian, English teacher and social media advocate. I've been teaching in Western Sydney for my entire teaching career, and love my job more than I love Neil Gaiman. (That's a lot, in case you're wondering!) I stalk authors (but always politely), fangirl over books, and drink coffee. And one of my guilty prides about my children is that they all have favourite authors. All opinions are my own.

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