A review by journeythroughthechapters
You Should See Me in a Crown, by Leah Johnson

emotional funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


I cried! I sobbed like a baby. And I loved this with all my heart. The reason this hit so personally for me was because there is a moment when our main character blames herself for not seeing a particular thing that happen. I don't want to spoil the book but it has to do with being a carer and that is something I definitely relate to as last year both my parents were diagnosed with cancer. But this isn't about me it's about the book.

Things I loved
- The Characters: all the characters were typical teenagers in their last year of high school. And I found that very comforting. I'm out of my "young adult" years but I still like reading a YA contemporary every now and then. But regardless I thought Liz our main character showed amazing strength throughout the novel. She's strong, kind, caring with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has a beautiful heart which I felt really connected too.
- The Friendships: if you love a book about friendships with a side of romance I think you might enjoy this. This book explores current engrained friendships, old friendships, new friendships so what I'm saying is if you like stories about friendships read this.
- The End: obviously I can't spoil the end but what I will say is I think the second half of this book was amazing. I was getting 4 star vibes up until the end of the book. And here we are with a 5 star book and one that will sit with me for a long time.

Things I didn't love
- The Pop Culture References: this was the only thing I didn't love about the book. There was too many but I understand that contemporaries sometimes just need to include them but I wish there was a few less references. 

Overall this was so enjoyable and easy to read. It made my heart happy and that's all I can ask for. 

POC (main character), Bisexual, Anxiety, Lesbian

Content Warning
Lose of a parent, Public Outing, Homophobia, Racism, Panic Attack

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