Saturday, May 21, 2011
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!