Monday, September 5, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Hardcover, 390
Published May 24th, 2011
Scholastic Press
Source: Library

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.

This was an amazing, empowering story. I wasn't as attached to it as I had been to all the books I read over the summer only because of school. I definitely found myself reading it when I was supposed to be in lecture smh. I loved how every character had a voice and had something different going on with them. I also  loved how they had commercial breaks every so often. It was too funny. It dealt with many of the issues that girls face nowadays and was still light-hearted and funny. I really do appreciate Bray giving light to some of these issues; like the fact that they all felt like they had to be Barbie doll perfect. I loved that one girl was rough around the edges. I think I enjoyed her most because she seemed most like me... Well as in they don't all need to be blonde, with big breast, small bodies, and tiny clothes..... If you haven't read it, I  suggest you do it NOW!
Overall, I give it, **** (4 out of 5)


  1. I received this last month and didn't get around to reading it yet. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll start it soon!

  2. I think I wil have to look out for this. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it - it sounds like a really fun read!