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. 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 book is a rom-com in written form. Just it’s not the “guilty pleasure” type of rom-com, where it is so bad is good. It has that cute warm and fuzzy feeling you get after a rom-com but it has non of the non-sense. Ok, it was a little bit of the non-sense but that doesn’t make it any less than a 5+ star read in my books.
While it has the “they meet – they get together – huge fight – they get back together” trope, I love that there is some time between the fight and make up for the characters to say sorry and to forgive each other. Because I’ve never been against getting back together part, but I hate it when they just brush it off like nothing happened.
As much as I loved the romance in this book, and seeing Liz realizing she is falling in love with this new girl, I loved more that their relationship is not the main focus. The story is about Liz and about how she realizes that she shouldn’t wait for the world to create a space for her, but she has to make it herself, and I am here for it. I wish tiny Daniela had this book while she was figuring herself out.
I love the friendship in this book, it is so hard to see a good f/m friendship without it turning it in something more. One problem I had was, how over the top everything about this prom is. Like, I’ve seen weddings with less celebration, but I will put this on me growing up in one of the smallest cities in Romania and having no idea what a prom is.