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The Compulsive Reader: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The fifty contestants for the Miss Teen Dream pageant are under a lot of pressure--to look pretty, be role models, and of course, win. When their flight crash lands on a seemingly deserted island, killing off more than half of them and leaving the rest of them to fend for themselves, these beauty queens are in for the fiercest competition of their lives. But, the Teen Dreamers are tough—they wouldn't have made it to the pageant if they weren't—and they'll not only learn how to survive and thrive, but they'll also rip back the cover on the corrupt Corporation that brought them down in the first place--with style and poise.

Libba Bray's Beauty Queens is hysterically funny and surprisingly poignant and empowering. The book starts out showcasing the girls in a manner that you would expect of beauty queens—brittle gorgeous, driven, and a little crazy. But after the crash, as they figure out what they need to do in order to survive, Bray really gets into the lives and personalities of the main characters: there's the unflaggingly enthusiastic Miss Texas, "undercover" investigative reporter Miss New Hampshire, teenage delinquent Miss Michigan, culturally confused Miss California, and so many more memorable and humorous characters. And despite the silliness of the book and sometimes the plain stupidity of some of the girls, Bray shows readers that a love of make-up and trophies doesn't mean that girls can't be powerful, smart, and strong. The best part of Beauty Queens is when the girls stop conforming to what Miss Teen Dream expects them to be, and start brainstorming their own ideas about true worth and how they can show it to other teen girls. The book is kept moving rather quickly as the mystery of what exactly brought down the plane and why is revealed and the girls take control and not only rescue themselves, but get even. Pop culture is turned on its head in this irreverent and very funny allegory for teen culture.

Cover Comments: What a fabulous cover! I love the lipstick belt! So fun and unique! You can't look at this cover and not laugh or say, "I must read that NOW!"

Review copy provided by publisher.

This one will hit shelves on Tuesday, May 24th!

9 comments:

Kat said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one, as I LOVE Libba Bray. It's good to hear that she is hilarious as ever. And, yes, it is impossible not to want to read the book immediately after seeing the cover. (Going Bovine is the same way.) :)

Kat @ A Myriad of Books

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

I am really looking forward to reading this!

Beth S. said...

Cannot wait for this one! I love Libba Bray!

Paige said...

I can't WAIT to read this book! I've heard Libba Bray is a hilarious author and this sounds fantastically funny! Thanks for the great review!

Rachel said...

So, I wasn't going to read this one. I thought it sounded too 'fluffy'. But your review has changed my mind. It sounds like this could be a riot aha. This is definitely on my TBR list now. Thanks for the review!

Krista/Tower of Books said...

I definitely agree with your cover comment. It makes me want to read this ASAP. :)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

So happy you enjoyed it! It's really close to the top of my wishlist right now. I agree, the cover is fab!

SC said...

Nice review! This is one that I see at the bookstore EVERY time I go, and EVERY time I think to myself, This time, I'll get it...but I never do. But now you make me want to get it! At first I thought it was a Lord of the Flies sort of thing, but I can see that it's not. It still looks hilarious though. I love Bray's Gemma Doyle books, so hopefully I'll love this!

For the best site on - Ron Fay's Fishing Trips Alaska said...

I've heard a lot of people say good things about this book, especially that it's quite funny, and I like that one of them's got a tray table in her head.