Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Title: Beauty Queens
Author - Libba Bray
Pages: 390
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: 5/24/2011

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.

This novel turned out a lot differently than I had expected. It was a little darkness, a lot of humor, and fluff.

After half-way through the book, I was like, yeah this is going to be a 4/5. I was sucked in, it was quite funny, and just entertaining in general. Unfortunately, the last half just fell out. I was disappointed because Beauty Queens had such potential at the beginning, but then just kind of fizzled out. I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers either; sexual scenes, profanity, and even a scene where they are accidentally high off of some unknown fruit. This stuff doesn't typically bother me, but I thought I would bring it to attention as some readers are and I wanted to let it be known for the younger readers as well.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this one, it just ended up not being as good through the end as it was to start with. It just seemed to veer off into left field. I'm on the fence on recommendations.

What I give this book:




Megan said...

I agree with you. I thought it was going to be incredible, and I was hoping for something cute and funny with a twist of "Lord of the Flies".

The beginning was off to a great start, but as soon as those stupid pirates entered the picture it sucked. Nothing was good quality anymore, it was written poor and mainly focused on sexual scenes.

It's disappointing. Very disappointing.

Samantha said...

That's where I was just kind of like eh, this is going down hill quickly. I almost gave it a 2, but I loved the first half, so I bumped it up to a 3.

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