Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Narrator: Libba Bray
Page Count: 396 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 16+
Summary: Miss Teen Dream pageant contestants expect to parade around in their bathing suits and wind up in a terrifying airplane crash. Do they work toward their survival and ultimate rescue? No! They practice for their talent show and question/answer session with the judges. Who cares about food? This means they will be thinner and prettier for the cameras when they do get rescued!
Why I started this book:
I envisioned beauty queen contestants on a desert island combined with flavors of Lord of the Flies.
Why I quit this book:
When an author needs the kitchen sink to make a point or push the plot forward, you have to ask yourself why she couldn’t do it with the setup she had two pages ago. You will find in this story:
- 1 boy who desperately wants to be a girl and is taking the hormones to prep for the sex-change operation
- 1 lesbian couple plus make-out session
- 1 deaf girl who dances to make a difference
- 1 big-haired Texas cheerleader that appoints herself leader of all
- 1 undercover journalist-in-training who is smarter than the others and is the feminist of the bunch
- 1 dumber than rocks Mary Sue
- 1 girl with a food tray embedded in her forehead
- 1 sex tape
- 1 boy band turned pirate crew reality TV show
- 1 Evil Corporation
- 1 terrorist
- 1 insane dictator
- 1 airplane crash landing
- Several inappropriate advertisements – about the only worth while part of the whole book, I find their over the top presentation equals my opinion of today’s current advertising.
- A team of sparkle ponies
Need I go on? I think you get the point. I got exhausted and bored. The satirical humor of the story could only keep me engaged for so long and then that was it. Done. Maybe you can read further than I did, but even the faint hope that the evil corporation might have purposefully crashed the aircraft didn’t keep me interested in reading the last part of the book.
Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish)
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