Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

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From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 147 x 217 x 31mm | 508g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0439895979
  • 9780439895972
  • 104,468

About Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the 2010 Printz Award winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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53,323 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 28% (14,903)
4 31% (16,375)
3 23% (12,454)
2 11% (5,827)
1 7% (3,764)

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Wow. I may not have been a crazy stalker fan of Libba Bray beforehand (the Gemma Doyle series didn't do anything for me - yes, you may duct-tape me now), but I think Beauty Queens has me wondering what crazy schemes this author will cook up next because I'm pretty sure that I will be in that serving line! Even if it is chicken-tasting grub from some random island. I realize that this book may not be for everyone - I wasn't even 1% sure if Beauty Queens would be my cup of tea. Yes, I was that uncertain of it. I kept glancing at the book in the bookstores, admiring the lipstick bullet belt concept, but unsure if I was ready for a leap of faith. So I borrowed it from the library and took the book out for a spin... And holy smokes! Did Beauty Queens grab my attention from the get-go and shook me silly in a similar fashion that Miss Congeniality did? Except 200% more to the power of infinity and whatever goes beyond that? I think flying toasters might be involved in the beyond. As far-fetched as Beauty Queens may sound, Libba Bray really applies her witty parody quite liberally like sunscreen - and I loved all her shout-outs and snark-outs that celebrated (or eulogized) all things pop culture. Everything was outrageous - everything, that is, except the message that it is okay to be yourself, even if that includes a little crazy or ugly or random. I cannot imagine how much FUN Ms. Bray had with re-inventing the world of pop culture because they are truly quite clever! What really impressed me with Beauty Queens is how the girls were introduced to the readers via pageant bios and then the next chapter focused on digging deep into what makes them tick, even though everything was told in third-person. It really gave me enough time to connect with each girl and then gradually tie them as one large group into the main story arc. With so many characters to juggle around and decide who gets centerstage for certain moments, I give props to Libba Bray for managing to find a way to make it easy for the readers to befriend the characters. It almost felt like 4 years of high school with a class of 200+ individuals - you start off as strangers, but leave as one big family. I think Libba Bray may very well be the next Douglas Adams or Joseph Heller in my book. Not a whole lot of authors can serve such a ridiculous dish of random that makes me clutch my stomach from laughing too hard and yet I couldn't stop from devouring the pages! And for your reading pleasure (in truth, this is for my own because I probably inhaled a pepperoni up my nose when I read this snippet), bar none my favoritest quote from the book because the delivery is GOLDEN: "I count the time like my hemorrhoids." "TMI, MoMo." "TMI to you, too, my darling." Please excuse me while I ROFL with pepperoni up my nose. (Dear Readers, you may just want to go out and try this random slice of paradise.)show more
by theEPICrat
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. ( Wow. I don't even really know where to start. This book was freakin' hilarious! I was laughing so hard at different parts in the novel. To be honest, when I first heard about this book, I wasn't very interested. Beauty Queens? I asked. Seriously? But then I heard that it was basically a parody of different things. Also that it was a much lighter, funnier, twisted version of Lord of the Flies. Which I seriously see! (If you have to read Lord of the Flies for school, or maybe you're just reading it for fun, pick up Beauty Queens afterwards if you want some giggles.) There are lots of funny footnotes. And I mean LOTS. At some points, too, too much. But still, it was a great book, and they were funny to read at times. The writing itself was awesome. Hilarious. I've read the first two book in Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series, and I loved them. She's definitely an amazing writer. I'll have to definitely check out her other books sometime soon. (When my TBR lets me, that is.) The characters are all so different! At times they are called by their state names (i.e. Miss Nebraska, Miss New Mexico, etc.) and sometimes their actual names. Which those are mostly for the ones who you read about more often. Like Adina, and Taylor, and Mary Lou, etc. I can't completely figure out which character is my favorite. At first, I was rolling my eyes at every one of them. They all seemed just so ditzy and like they couldn't form a "smart" thought. Do you know the type? But then as the story went on, you started really getting to know each character and their story and realized that they aren't the normal Beauty Queen type. They all have a certain story to them of why they entered in the first place, which you will have to read the book to find out, because I'm not giving anything away on that! If I had to choose which Beauty Queen was my favorite, though, I think it might be Adina. She's the smartest of them all (Sorry Taylor.). She tried to engrave the fact that there was a possibility that no one was going to come rescue them into their minds as soon as they started brainstorming of what to do. But of course, no one really listened. Adina didn't join the beauty pageant to really win, she just wanted to bring the organization down. Which is all I'm going to say! But other than the writing, Libba adds other fun stuff into the story like profiles of the beauty pageant contestants, and commercials. No, seriously. Commercials. You'll have to at least look in the book to understand. Overall, this was a great book. I'm sorry I underestimated it. I seriously didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. I'm very glad I picked it up and read it! =) So, you people should get to it and read it. Now. Seriously. GO!show more
by Amanda
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