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Review: BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Posted by on May 24, 2011
Beauty Queens 
Libba Bray
396 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

   Beauty Queens stranded on an island. That one sentence was enough for me to scout out this book. Libba Bray’s latest is hilarious, silly and everything in between.

   What I loved most about Beauty Queens was the very different personalities of each contestant. I’d have to say Adina was my favorite, but each girl had their special part, and each stood out differently in my mind. In the beginning the beauty queens weren’t exactly likeable, but it was nice to watch them mature and finally see things the way they should be seen.

   Though the storyline was sort of silly, I had a fun time reading. It was a break from all the serious, heart-pounding dystopia and action I’ve been reading. The commercial breaks in between chapters were downright hilarious. Yet hidden beneath the funny was a little bit of truth. You’ve got to read it to know what I mean.

   If you’re looking for the perfect book to take with you to cool off at the beach, Beauty Queens should definitely make your list.

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  1. I'm reading this one right now! I love how is is a subtle parody of modern media influence…. Wow, yes, I did just write that sentence! Haha. It is really good.

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