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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: Book Review

Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-439-89597-2
Suggested Age: 14+
Buy from Indigo

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)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • 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
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"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
Who should/shouldn't read
  • 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
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest

Book Trailer - Frickin Hilarious


  1. I've been wanting to read this one since I saw it featured in Entertainment Weekly. Since I'm no beauty queen I think I'll probably like it :)

  2. Stacy me neither - and you will love it - so unusual!