You Should See Me in a Crown
Liz Lightly has spent her entire life in the Indiana town in which her mom also grew up. Liz and her brother live with their grand parents because their mother died of sickle cell anemia, a condition that her brother also has.
Her plan has always been to attend Pennington College (her mother's school), play in their orchestra, and become a doctor. Unfortunately, the scholarship she was counting on doesn't come through and Liz is left needing more to make her dreams happen.
Liz decided to try out for Prom Queen, a big event in her prom obsessed town. The money the winner gets will be enough to get her to her college dreams. The only problem? There's never been a black prom queen in the town's history, and there certainly hasn't been a gay prom queen. So Liz is torn between being her true self, and trying to win the ultimate prize to unlock her future.
This is a fast paced book with a main character who people are going to cheer for. I think it would make a great book for a book club discussion. This book is available at the library or through OverDrive.