High school senior Liz Lighty is desperate to leave her very white, very affluent town and never look back. She yearns to attend her mother’s prestigious alma mater for college, but the financial aid she needs falls through, forcing her to set her sights on winning her high school’s prom-queen contest. Liz is the last person to ever run for such a thing—she’s always considered herself to be an outsider as a Black and queer girl at her homogenous school—but the prize is the $10,000 scholarship she needs to follow her dreams. When Liz falls for another student vying for the crown, things grow even more complicated. You Should See Me in a Crown, the inaugural YA pick for Reese’s Book Club and a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book, is as hilarious as it is sweet, a refreshing spin on a classic high-school competition with a protagonist to root for. —Annabel Gutterman

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