This book is insanely cute! When Liz Lighty’s scholarship plans fall through, she is forced to abandon her strategy of staying under the radar and enter the race for prom queen in her small Midwest town that is obsessed with prom. With a fiercely loyal group of friends who love her, although they may not understand her, and a brand new crush that may not align with what is expected of a prom queen, Liz charts her own path towards her future.
This was a fun and easy read that I couldn’t put down. Liz was such a relatable character that you love to root for. Inspired by the bake sale fundraiser in the book, I made the Salted Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats from Smitten Kitchen. These are probably a little more elevated than you’d find at a high school bake sale, but with just a few minor changes to the traditional recipe, you get a much more complex and enjoyable treat.
Salted Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 10 ounce bag marshmallows
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
In a large pot, brown the butter over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir frequently, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do.
As soon as the butter takes on a nutty color, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows. The residual heat from the melted butter should be enough to melt them, but if it is not, turn it back on low until the marshmallows are smooth.
Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the salt and cereal together. Quickly spread into greased 8×8 pan. Optional – sprinkle a little extra sea salt along the top. Let cool and enjoy!