Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I was looking forward Beauty Queens. I must admit it took me a few chapters to really get into it but once I did I loved it as I do Miss Congeniality and Legally Blonde.
The Miss Teen Dream Pageant plan crashes. Of the 50 contestants only 14 live. There are no other survivors. The 14 girls must figure out how to survive on the island until help arrives. Miss Texas, Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins, took control. Miss Texas was serious and on it from day one.
The pageant is sponsored by The Corporation. Throughout there are commercial breaks selling their products. I skipped these. There were also chapters that reveal the truth behind The Corporation, I skipped these as well. My only interest in this story was with the contestants. Bray did an excellent job with their voices and background stories. It was especially nice that it wasn't an all White /straight cast. All Miss Teen Pageant got a chance to shine on the island. Under all of the humor Beauty Queens is grounded in great character development.