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- Print Length: 405 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2011
- Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VSTP3K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At first some of the girls might come off as shallow and not worth the time to even read Beauty Queens, but soon enough the reader learns that these girls are not what they seem. In fact, most of them (with the exception of Taylor) have bigger dreams than winning some stupid teenage pageant. Now forced to make decisions on their own, the Teen Dream contestants begin to explore friendship, sexuality, and what it really means to be beautiful.Read more ›
Take pure silly fun, mix in some witty satire, and wrap it all up in a sparkly tiara and you have Libba Bray's "Beauty Queens". This book is over the top, crazy and absolutely priceless. I enjoyed every minute and found myself laughing out loud (which I rarely do) throughout.
It's the story of a group of competitive girls, stranded on a remote island, forced to figure out how to survive. They were vying for the Teen Dream crown, but now it's for their lives. Meanwhile, there is something fishy going on. One of the girls spots lights coming from the other side of the island and also - why hasn't anyone rescued them yet? In this world, things are run by "The Corporation" from what you watch on TV to what detergent you buy. Scattered throughout the book are little ads, interviews, and other randomness related to "The Corporation" and its products. How is "The Corporation" involved and can the girls survive without hot boys, lip gloss and flat irons? Well, you'll just have to read to find out.
Before I go on, I have a confession to make. I'm a former teen pageant girl. I was Miss Wisconsin Teen America for two consecutive Miss Teen America pageants. Yeah, I'm that cool. So, this book connected with me. It reminded me of the adventures I went through as a teen. I never really went any further with pageantry, but I went to a lot of them during "my reign". Libba Bray's characters did remind me of some of the interesting people I met during my pageant days. Though most of the girls I met were incredibly sweet and intelligent young ladies (and are still my friends today!), I met my fair share of characters too. Ahh.. the good ol' days.
Libba Bray's word play is brilliant. She plays it overly sweet with a bitter aftertaste.Read more ›
When 50 girls, one from each state, fly to the Miss Teen Dream contest, they didn't expect a plane crash on a deserted island. They especially didn't expect to have to learn to survive on their own. Only a handful of girls survive the crash, and all the adults are killed. The girls that do survive are a motley crew, full of a transgender former boy band singer, an anti-pageant feminist who plans to take Miss Teen Dream down from the outside, a die-hard Texan beauty queen, a budding young lesbian, and a girl with a severe hearing impairment, among others. The minorities are of course represented, as they should always be, with an Indian girl who touts her immigrant success story, but is really just a valley girl, and a black girl from Colorado who everyone notices doesn't "talk black". That's right, all your cliches and stereotypes are present and accounted for!
The Corporation runs the pageant, as well as most of the world. They create/control most TV, products, and even the secret (or not-so-secret) arms deals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for writing this. It felt like a delightful story that would've made Sir Terry Pratchett smile, which is no mean feat.
Well done. Well done.
It covers EVERYTHING: misogyny, racism, transphobia, capitalism, internalised prejudice; I could go on forever. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sara
This story very humorous and heart-warming, while simultaneously tackling many serious and complex issues related to gender, femininity, sexuality, and race. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Danielle
On the surface Beauty Queens is a hysterical satire about a bunch of teen beauty queens stranded on a deserted island, but this novel is so much more than that. Read morePublished 26 days ago by manduhpaigereads
Libba Bray is capable of splendid subtlety. Going Bovine, The Sweet Far Thing etc.
However, this book was written by a woman who was very angry. Read more
At first I thought ‘Beauty Queens’ was going to be a steaming pile of bat guano given the over exaggerated aspect of the narrative with immature and shallow characters, but then it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey Carlisle
Cute story, but didn't have the depth I was hoping for! It was so close but just didn't dig deep enough.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beauty Queens was everything I wanted it to be, especially since I read it over audio and Libba Bray really just needs to be everyone's BFF. SO.GREAT. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christy Hayes
I cannot put this book down, I've recommended it to everyone I know and it's an absolute joy to read. Truly inclusive feminism at its best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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