Sunday, 26 January 2014

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Title; Beauty Queens
Author; Libba Bray
Series; None
Source; Amazon, Paid
Format; Paperback
Publisher; Scholastic Press 
Publication Date; May 24th 2011
Description; 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

My Rating; 5/5*s
Goodreads Rating; 3.56/5*s

My Review: Though there are many mixed reviews for this book I went into expecting to like it. I was expecting something laugh out loud funny, and...just a bit silly really. What I got was so much better than just that. 

Beauty Queens is a little silly, and it is rather funny, but it is also full of so much else. I was expecting your usual cliched Beauty Queen, you know, dumbed down, all about beauty. Which is a totally crap cliche. 
There was some of that, but most of them were smart, they were all there for reasons other than "I just want the crown."

There were no holds barred here, Libba Bray called out on "The Corporation" many things that are wrong with today's society. 

The subject of feminism was in there. Two of the LBGTQIA letters were in the book.

There is just so much right with this book. It is one I could definitely reread. 

I found that I fell in love with every character. Even the ones I thought I would hate in the beginning. They became some of my favourite characters in the end. 

There were quite a few cliches to be found, but I found myself so absorbed in the story that I just did not care, at all. 

This book would make an excellent movie. 

My words, as always, cannot do this book justice. I completely recommend it. A book has never made me laugh so much, nor have a loved a book like this so much. I love its entire message. 

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