Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Dates Read: August 3-6, 2020
“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?”
This was such a cute story. This one follows the story of Liz, who, when she finds out that she didn’t get the financial aid she needs to attend college, she comes up with a plan to run for prom queen. (The winner receives a big scholarship.) The only problem is that Liz isn’t the type of girl people would normally vote for, she’s not part of the “in” crowd.
This book has some really important topics that are discussed, such as homophobia, racism, and serious medical conditions. All of which play a big part in Liz’s story. And even though these heavy topics are discussed, I still found it to be a light and heartwarming read with amazing friend and family relationships.