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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?

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dorothy Pierce
  • 2021-06-07

I loved this sweet story

I found this book to be the perfect antidote to the stress in my life, LOL. Wonderful relatable characters and a lovely story arc. It was easy to listen to and easy to enjoy.

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  • MLwhitcomb
  • 2021-04-28

iffy start but got much better

ended up liking this book a lot. at first, the protagonist had this attitude like she was better than everyone which put me off a bit, but it wasn't a personality trait you see in the book later on. cliche ran a bit cliche and immature at times, but overall great quick listen.

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  • Kate Yonder
  • 2021-04-28

Teaching Through Passiveness

I don’t think this book was for me. Not sure how it was an AI recommendation.

Liz was super passive and irritating. She just let things happen to her. Time and time again. It became predictable at a certain point it and Liz could be counted on to not do the right thing. Was that supposed to be the point? That teenagers usually don’t make the right decision? As an adult, I could see how the author tried to let the passiveness be a learning curve for young readers. As an individual who can’t stand passiveness, it was irritating to see Liz let things happen to her. She was a weak character even though the author was trying to give her courage.

I think the book would’ve been better if Liz’s personality was more like Amanda’s. The book should’ve definitely had more Amanda in it.

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  • Deidre
  • 2021-03-06

Must read

This is one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a while. Can’t wait to add it to my classroom library!

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  • Maria
  • 2021-02-21

LOVED IT!!!!!

Great story and so enjoyable to listen to. a must read for anyone coming of age and finding their own identity.

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  • Ashley
  • 2021-02-17

Rewriting fairy tales

I really enjoyed this book and its story about a different kind of black girl.

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  • D'ahnya Trainer
  • 2021-01-23

Nice LGBT focused story with self acceptance!

I picked this book up the day it dropped, but only now got to read it. I wish I had sooner! The story takes a lot of topics that get made overly complicated unnecessarily, and simplify it. Our main character is bisexual, and it's never justified, she just is. There's teen angst, yes, but the characters aren't simplified to good and evil (mostly). I think my only complaint was how under described many side characters were that I heard the names of, but had no real descriptions beyond. I overall loved the plot, the characters, and the writing style. This book is a fantastic read for teen LGBT!