Friday, June 3, 2011

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

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.


Kaethe said...

I loved the way she took her satire and turned it into a strong coming-of-age story.

Vasilly said...

Ha! I loved how you skipped all the chapters that had to do with the Corporation! I've added this to my tbr list. I can't wait to see what you read next.

Doret said...

Kaethe - I agree, Bray did a great job with their stories

Vasilly - You won't miss a beat by skipping those chapters. I still gave Beauty Queens a 4 rating.

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This sounds pretty fantastic. I love a good satire, especially if there is a feminist message somewhere in there. said...

There are a lot of slap-stick moments throughout that teens will enjoy and also a handful of more mature elements and issues that the girls face throughout the story and they all keep the reader glued to the pages and involved in the plot. I really enjoyed every second of this and that truly surprised me! The cover alone was enough to make me cringe but I have to admit that this was one truly enjoyable reading experience!