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  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Before the Fall Books; 1st edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ATVS0A
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By Barbara Hightower VINE VOICE on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Angie grew up stuck between two sisters who were 2 beauty queens. She built up a wall around herself, no friends or even men in her life. She have a forgiving heart and has an opened mind, which helps when he grandmother comes to stay with her after a fire. She encounters a drag queen, Val who in turn introduce Angie and her grandmother to new and interesting people. After a hate crime is committed towards Val her life is in danger. Val's parents to do support her but Angie and Grandma do.

I enjoyed the story as the author does a wonderful job with the plot. The characters are easy to fall in love with and support. Victoria opens up all of our minds and lets us see how things really are. You will laugh and cry which I find is wonderful in a book. This will be a re-read for me.

As for the grammar errors I know she has taken care of this.
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Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal is a fast-paced, tension-filled read full of characters you will fall in love with despite yourself. Angie has a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor. She knows what she wants and yet life isn't coming through with any good options for her lately. Still, Angie is not the sort of person to become bitter. She's open-minded and tolerant and maybe even a bit too generous when it comes to forgiving her sisters their faults both petty and large. When her grandmother's apartment burns down she gladly takes her grieving grandmother in.

A chance meeting with Val, a vivacious drag queen, on the subway introduces Grandma and Angie to a new world of friends. And just as these three sympathetic misfits are developing their unique support system, disaster strikes Val in the form of a hate crime that puts Val's life in danger. Both Angie and Grandma stand by Val, but Val's parents do not. The personal and public stakes deepen for Angie as she tries to understand the crime, fight the rigid attitudes of Val's family as well as fend off the salivating media and polarized public. With wonderful characterization that will keep you rooting for Angie, Grandma and Val as well as scenes both tense and tender that will have you gnawing your fingernails and crying into your makeup kit, Ms. Marshal succeeds in crafting a truly enjoyable and satisfying story that is well worth your time to read.
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Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal

Oh I many opinions on the book Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal. I was reading the story of Angie Palmer I thought this was going to be one of those books where you have a whiney middle child complaining that they can't do this like the oldest one does and the baby of the family gets their way all the time, boy was I wrong. Angie was overshadowed by two sisters who were beauty queens but she was the smart one in the family the one that was used as the responsible one. She comes across a drag queen by the name of Val on the subway and kind of dismissed the encounter until! Her grandmother loses her apartment in a fire and she comes to live with Angie. On the subway they run into Val again and her grandma starts a friendship with him that will change all of their lives. This portion of the book was hilarious I spit my drink out of my nose laughing so hard. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Don't get me wrong this is not just a comedy there is a dramatic turn of events that I will not spoil you will have to read. Angie and her grandma take on the fight of their lives and will the outcome be favorable to all. This is a must read exceptionally good for a debut author. Well done Victoria thank you for the wonderful book.

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I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book. I only read part of the summary on amazon and decided that the short strip I read gave me more than enough motivation to buy the book and read it. I was surprised with the results.

I honestly think this book is very unique in terms of characters and plot. The book starts off like an anti chick lit chick lit story. What I mean by this is that it's the personal story of a woman with many comedic elements and extremes. It gives you the feel of reading a funny chick lit book but the main character is so different from the usual main characters of the genre that it doesn't really fit in to that theme. The conversations between the characters had me roaring with laughter, it's been a while since I've really laughed this much with a book.
After getting to know Angie a bit, the story introduces us to Val, a friendly drag queen Angie meets in the subway who tries to chat with her. This interaction between them is hilarious since Angie isn't really the friendliest person on the block so the thoughts that go through her head during that moment should have you laughing out loud.

Then we meet Anne, Angie's grandmother who is probably one of the best characters in the book besides Val. Anne's apartment has burned down and she needs a place to stay and the only person who is "willing" to take her in is Angie, because her sisters force it upon her. Angie is sort of expecting the worst from this arrangement but when Anne and Val meet they have so much friendly chemistry that she sort of brings Val into Angie's life. Angie is headstrong about avoiding a friendship with Val, but Val's amazing diva personality wins her over.
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