Sunday, June 26, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Genre: adventure
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 390

Survival. Of the Fittest.

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.

This book was a riot! Libba Bray had it all: a colorful cast of characters, an amazing setting, some form of mystery, and a ton of humor!

Libba had so many diverse characters, ranging from your typical beauty queen to a complete tomboy. Every Miss Teen Dream had a unique personality and a story behind her that I think Libba did an amazing job elaborating. The contestants changes from being all about winning and pageants, to being themselves and following their dreams was pretty awesome. During the beginning, I was like What is this, a book that makes girls feel bad? because off the obsession to be skinny, tan, and drop-dead gorgeous. But this is a book showing you that its okay to be yourself and that you should be yourself, or you will be miserable.

Overall, this is a book you cannot miss. Libba is an amazing author who makes the setting and the memorable characters come to life while adding interesting elements such as commercial breaks, words from your sponsors, and classified information. This is such a great story that has a wonderful message attached to it.

The Cover: I loved it from the moment I saw it! First, the ribbon, second the ammunition belt full of lipstick!

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