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Celebrity book clubs have, in recent memory, become a running trend in Hollywood. However, as with any trend, the same execution isn’t applied across the board. Reese Witherspoon, in particular, has set herself apart from the rest, with her venture into the book curation space proving to be one of diversity and positivity. Her first-ever pick for the Young Adults series in her book club proves just that.
The Academy Award-winning actress and activist chose Leah Johnson‘s “You Should See Me In A Crown” as the Young Adults book to read. Even more impressively, Johnson wrote a piece on Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine website detailing her inspiration behind the title, sharing that it is a “love letter to Black girls.”
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“I didn’t see many characters who looked like me or had problems like mine, especially not in romantic comedies,” Johnson wrote.
The young author, who received her MFA in fiction writing, shared that “You Should See Me in a Crown” is a story “about Liz Lightly, a Black girl from a small Midwestern town who, despite mastering the art of being a wallflower, must run from prom queen to win a scholarship to attend her dream college.”
Through this journey, Johnson explained that Liz is given the space and freedom “to be queer and confused, anxious and awkward, broke and brilliant, scared and smart.” The author specified, though, that she is most proud that the leading character in the title is “given the space for a happy ending.”
Witherspoon also took to Hello Sunshine to share that Johnson’s inspirational title is the inaugural Young Adult book pick for Reese’s Book Club and is certainly not the last as she looks forward to highlighting more emerging writers on her platform.
“I’ve been reading so many incredible, diverse stories in the YA genre and can’t wait to share them with you each month as an additional pick,” she wrote. “Good news for the avid readers out there. This means more book picks!”
In addition to this book receiving Reese’s stamp of approval (and the coveted “Reese’s Book Club” sticker), it’s also worth noting that it is cheaper to read through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service.
With Kindle Unlimited, users gain access to millions of titles that are drastically cheaper than their corresponding print editions. For instance, with Kindle, “You Should See Me in a Crown” retails for only $10.99 — that’s 39 percent less than its listed print price.
Through this method, users can access millions of titles on one thin, portable medium and, in turn, save the planet as no paper is being used excessively (or at all).
What’s even better is that with the purchase of any Kindle device, shoppers have the option to get three months of free Kindle Unlimited — that’s automatic access to millions of titles at no additional cost for three whole months.
Those who prefer to explore the service without purchasing a new device can do so by independently subscribing to Kindle Unlimited. Through this method, new subscribers will get 30 days of free access. But, just be aware that the service will automatically renew after the trial ends for $9.99 per month. However, the subscription can be canceled at any time with no risk of being charged.
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