Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Published by Scholastics
Genre: YA
$18.99 (US hardback)
390 pages

What it's about:
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 learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

My thoughts:
Beauty Queens was by far one of the funniest books I have ever read. At some points I would be laughing so hard I'd have to put down the book and wipe away the tears of laughter from my eyes before I could continue. I then made family members read certain sections of the book that I thought were particularly funny (i.e. the lyrics to the Boyz will be boyz music. Oh man).

Besides being hysterical, I really enjoyed the characters, Tiara being my favorite. I liked how Bray told everyones backstories and that the POV was constantly changing. How not only were you in the heads of the beauty queens but in the heads of the bad guys as well. There was a well rounded-ness to the story and the plot.

This was such a fantastic beach read. It was hilarious and light hearted but was intriguing and has thought provoking questions all in one. This is one of those books that whenever I see the cover, I'm gonna say "aw I love that book!" I'm already pushing this book on friends and family members to read. Awesome!

My rating: 10/10!
This is definitely a summer book. I don't know if it would be as good reading it in lets say, the winter during a snow storm, but I do think everyone should read the book while laying out in a hammock or on the beach.

On a side note to those who have read the book already, did anyone else picture Ladybird Hope looking like Tina Fey pretending to be Sarah Palin?


  1. this review makes me 10x more excited to read this book!!!

  2. Wasn't it extremely funny??I thought so too!And some of the products ads were hilarious!Also the songs...oy!
    Great review :)

  3. Freakin' hilarious book! And, yes, Ladybird was totally Tina as Sarah! While I probably wouldn't recommend it to my 8th graders (most wouldn't get the references), it's perfect for high schoolers and up! Nice review.
    Happy Reading!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  4. Sweet! Now I'm even more anxious to get to it. I love books that make you laugh that hard.


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