Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Why I Read This Book: This was a popular book around blogs a little while ago, and the description sounded really awesome, so I bought the ebook (and then put off reading it for a long time!) But it was on my official 2012 TBR Challenge list, so I picked it up a little while ago.

Review: My short review of this would be that it is not as good as the cover and description make it seem, but it's still good. I liked the story, and I liked all the satirical references, and I liked the ending as well. Some of the things that I didn't like were that they called all the girls by both their name and their state, which was crazy confusing. I'm finished the book and I could hardly keep the girls straight. This really took away from me connecting with a lot of the characters in the book. Another thing I didn't like, even though sometimes they made me laugh, was all the footnotes! This may have been the fault of the ebook version, but all the footnotes were at the end of the chapter rather than the page they were referenced on, and sometimes by the end of the chapter they didn't make any sense.


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