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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?

©2020 Scholastic (P)2020 Scholastic Inc

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loved it

Don't hesitate, buy this book. story is fantastic, well written and voice acting is great.

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Cute uplifting YA novel

Essentially a charming, funny and emotional YA novel about a young girl in a small minded mid western town trying to win a Prom competition to fund her university ambitions; but it is really a book that handles a lot of difficult topics in an uplifting manner. The relationships, found family, friends, siblines - they make the book shine.

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  • Valkyrie
  • 2020-06-18

Here - just take my money!

This is going on my I-wish-I’d-had-this-book-when-I-was-growing-up shelf. That is to say, I will definitely be acquiring a physical copy and it is going to live between my copy of Leah on the Offbeat and my Heartbreaker graphic novels. This book is a perfect example of the intersectionality I always hope to see in the books I read. I live at the crossroads of so many different “worlds” that it’s hard to find books you can see yourself reflected in. And this book does the job beautifully with characters I can see parts of myself in and characters I would have been friends with in high school. I would have worn the covers off this one if I’d had it back then.

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  • C. Moody
  • 2020-07-01

The queer high school romance we all wish we'd had

First, the narrator was great.
*light spoilers*
As for the story, Liz Lighty is a very likeable character, as is her best friend Jordan Jennings. It's a really cutesy queer romance novel that we need more of. If straight people can have mounds of cheesy high school romance stories so can we, and this book definitely delivers!
I had a smile on my face for a majority of the book, smitten with the characters, the plot, and how wonderfully it all comes together in the end.
As a trigger warning for other readers, a character does get publicly outed.

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  • Jenny S. Morris
  • 2020-06-06

Sweet prom romance and so much more!

The story captivated my heart right away and I ended up loving all the characters. I always love when an author creates a family that feels whole and connected. And I swooned over their relationship. They make my heart happy.

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  • Liz
  • 2022-05-11

I wish we had this type of book 12 years ago ❤️

A very cute prom themed book. It does a great job at breaking the mold of prom books, and I’m so happy books like this now exist. I just gave it 4 stars because I think I’m officially a bit to old for this type of books now.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2021-11-30

Love and real life

What an excellent story that makes you think about the lives of other people. So many interesting perspectives— teens + gay teens + blended family + sickle cell disease — as an adult who works in health care I appreciated all of it, because we work with these complex life stories all the time but maybe don’t get such an inside perspective. I think the narrator with be excellent with time, but I did catch myself thinking I would have read it a little differently here and there. That said, her voice was also an integral part of the story at times, too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-04

Wow!

This is my first audible listen. I loved it. Thank you! Alaska Jackson did phenomenally and Leah Johnson.. wow what a story!

- Randie

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-09-12

Great!

I didn't listen to the whole book on here, I read most of it physically but this was really good. I liked the narrator's voice and I enjoyed the story overall. If you like YA contemporaries I'd say give it a try.

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  • Jada Barbry
  • 2021-08-09

Teen Romance was more like a Bromance

For a supposedly queer story line so much of the character development and even the like teen romance was more focused on the male best friend. The female love interest isn’t fully realized as a character nor is the reason for them wanting to be together beyond them both being gay. I liked the main character and the context, loved the Indians setting as a Hoosier myself. But the LGBTQ culture that is very present in Indiana was left out.

It felt like at times, 10 things I hate about you meets, she’s all that, meets “the half of it” from Netflix.

Overall I liked it but wished for more queer character depth.

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  • Breyana Edwards
  • 2021-08-02

Amazing

This book was an amazing listen & read! I would recommend to anyone. It covered a lot of issues, just wish it went into them a little more but I get it. The main story was about getting the scholarship.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-17

Perfect

The VO Real brought this book to like. I love that it feels stunning and authentic.