by Libba Bray
Suggested Age: 14+
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Description: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 email. 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
The Good Stuff
- One of the most unique, hilarious and truly unusual books I have ever read (and that my friends is a compliment)
- Sort of a modern retelling of Lord of the Flies but a hell of a lot more fun and interesting (and I totally didn't fall asleep like I did reading Lord of the Flies - awful bloody book I tell ya)
- Beautiful morals thrown in and done in such a fun way that kids will get it, but not feel like you are pulling something over their heads
- Quirky dialogue and characters
- Acceptance of non traditional sexual preferences by the girls which was impressively done
- Wonderful character development
- Cover is AWESOME
- A not very thinly veiled commentary on beauty, marketing and consumerism & done hilarious btw
- There are quite a few more things I would like to put in here but they would be seriousl spoilers, just do yourself a favor and grab the book (and don't let their mindless talk at the beginning throw you off)
- slow in a few parts and the mindlessness of the girls at the beginning might stop someone from getting into the book, which would be a shame
"Really, being a librarian is a much more dangerous job than you realize." (Jen's note: ain't that the truth!)
"I'm talking about my personal copilot, Jesus Christ."
"Someone should tell her personal copilot that his landings suck"
"Che Guevera, the Argentine Marxist revolutionary who later became a bestselling T-shirt icon."
"Let's not speak ill of the dead, no matter how hideous their fashion sense."
What I Learned
- Beauty queens not so lame after all and some of their skills work well in the jungle
- I'm just saying this will probably not be loved by most serious beauty queen contestants
- Those who enjoy the unusual and quirky will really enjoy
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest
Book Trailer - Frickin Hilarious