This is a book that made me laugh, cry, and think.
I loved everything about Liz’s character. She was fearless, smart and a heck of a lot braver than I was in high school. Running for prom queen is not on the top of her list until she finds out she needs the $10,ooo scholarship prize to pursue her music dreams at Pennington College. Liz knows deep down her grandma and grandpa would sell everything to help her pay for college, but that’s not how it’s supposed to work. So with the help of her friends, Liz joins the running for prom queen.
This small town is obsessed with prom. I think they compared it to what football means to Texas and I agree. Following Liz on this journey of self discovery is such an emotional ride. I was not expecting to tear up so much! When her childhood best friend, Jordan, apologizes for being a dick to her infront of his friends, when she meets new girl Mack and begins to fall in love, and when mean girl Rachel is trying to dim her light but her new friends make Liz shine like the star she is.
You don’t want to miss this Young Adult coming of age story that will have you feeling ALL the feelings!
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon
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?