ARC Review: You Should See Me In A Crown



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?

|CW: Homophobia, Panic attacks, racial microaggressions, parental death, chronic pain, forced public outing|


Black, queer, chronic illness, sickle cell anaemia, anxiety disorder



4.5 stars 



A cute and amazing book…

You Should See Me In A Crown is a fun and lighthearted romcom which follows the story of Liz Lighty, one of the few Black students of her high school as she enters for prom queen and finds love.

Prom in Campbell County, Indiana is a huge deal and for Liz Lighty who just lost a scholarship to attend the university of her dreams, it’s the perfect opportunity if she can step up and step out.

You Should See Me In A Crown talks about taking chances, being true to yourself and challenging the status quo. In Campbell, there’s never been a Black prom queen, queer prom queen or a leading prom contestant as unexpected as Liz, but she does it.

Another thing I loved about You Should See Me In A Crown, are themes on friendship and family. I love books that explore these themes and this book does this well. YSSIAC talks about friends that just like family, friend fallouts and make ups, friends who will always stick up for you and be there for you, even when they mess up, and the love of a supportive family.

The chronic illness discussion in YSSMIAC was also amazing. I find that not many books talk about sickle cell anaemia and crisis, even though this is a prevalent genetic disease amongst Black people. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t have as many books written by Black as we do now, but seeing sickle cell anaemia as someone who is training to become a nurse in an African country where it’s prevalent and as someone who carries the trait, was really great.

The writing in Crown was amazing. It’s simple and sweet and easy to follow, and the style was simply cute


I absolutely adored the characters…

The characters in Crown were as amazing as the book and I think the book is amazing because of the characters.

I absolutely love Liz. She was a great character and easy to connect with. I love her relationship with her friends, her brother and Mack. I understood her, her sense of responsibility and love the people around her, and her anxiety. I loved how her character developed to be more surer, bolder and confident. Liz is the Black queer girl, every Black queer girl should read.

I loved the other characters too. The love interest, Mack, was sweet and absolutely lovely. I loved Liz’s friends and family.

A book with Black queer joy I didn’t know I needed…

Ok, maybe I knew I needed a book like this, but You Should See In A Crown surpassed all my expectations.

200% recommend.





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7 thoughts on “ARC Review: You Should See Me In A Crown

  1. Ahh I’m reading this one rn! I was actually listening to it in audiobook format but I’m getting very confused wit the characters so I might just read part of it in ebook format until I get a sense of the world.

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