Today I am here with an amazing books by a black debut author which released on 2nd of June so everyone please go and read it because it just gives me all the feels and ahh, I think you will all love it too!
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 fabulous debut brings out for me everything I love in YA – a strong and independent MC, queer and POC representation and strong friendships. It has so much cuteness mixed in with some heavy topics which give the book weight but do not overwhelm it in a way it becomes too dark for teen readers.
Liz Lighty is a queer black girl in a small town in Indiana who has to participate in a beauty pageant to win a scholarship she needs to go to school. Being someone who has stayed in the background all her life and has anxiety issues, it is understandable why she has so much problem coping with it all and through the book, it is lovely to see how she perseveres through it and doesn’t quit.
Liz was such a relatable character and watching her journey was marvellous. Reconnecting with old friends and fighting with your current ones is so real and I loved how it was portrayed. Some people grow apart while others come together and I loved how Liz went through that – got her heartbroken by one fo her friends and found a friend whom she thought she had lost many years ago.
I also love some of the background characters who provide love and support to Liz when she needs it and it makes me love this book even more!
The f/f romance was so cute and adorable, as well as emotional and heartbreaking at times which gave a good finish to the book but also did not overpower Liz or her journey which made it all the more amazing.
Overall, this book tells a story I always want to hear, with struggles and heartbreak but also perseverance and hardworking leading to victory and love
Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? Are you planning to read it in the future? Tell me in the comments below!