Release Date: August 20, 2020 by Scholastic
Format: E-book (336 pages)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Blurb: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?
A Coming of Age story with diversity
I had tears in my eyes but I’m also smiling. This book was amazing. It is so timely and it fills me with so much hope for this generation and the next.
Teenagers are juggling so much emotionally and Liz Lighty was doing her best to keep her head above water. This author gave us a heroine that was easy to relate to, easy to love ans easy to root for. She was complex, deep and still a young girl.
What a well written story. I love the home dynamics, personal friendship dynamics, the high school shenanigan and new own internal struggle too. Everything was weaved into Elizabeth coming to terms with what she wanted and how she could achieve her goal to get the scholarship for college.
I just am so amazed at the feels in this story. This one is so special.