Saturday, June 18, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Release Date: 05.24.2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 390

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.

Hi! Surprisingly I am still alive. Sorry guys I haven't posted in a LONG time, but with finals and then just being lazy. But I am back now! Hold the applause. :)

Firstly I would like to say. Libba Bray is my idol, I love her so much.

A plane of contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant has gone down in the ocean, the inhabitants washing up on an island paradise. They are all determined to maintain the pageant perfection, spurred on by the spunky Taylor Renee Krystal Hawkins...from Texas, of course! Adina Greenberg, the pageant hopeful who joined to take the organization down, is dubious with this course of action. She thinks they need to prioritize things like food gathering, hut building, and finding fresh sources of water... not Taylor's platform of perfecting dance moves, the elbow-arm-smile wave, and imminent body hair removal. Elsewhere on the island there is a fortress built by The Corporation, a commercial giant responsible for...well, damn near everything in this book... and they are determined to kill the girls for financial gain. Trouble in paradise has become more than a mere turn of phrase.

Libba Bray clearly had fun writing this one... it shows. The narrative is set up in a steeplechase format with story interspersed. Bray also adds profiles, commercial scripted dialogues, notations, product placement, classified files, applications, and other various sillies. Bray pretty much spends the whole book making fun of...well, damn near everything... from Fabio to boybands to international terrorism to female socialization to James Bond to Supervillians to...yeah, pretty much everything. It's Parody! It's Lord of the Flies meets glamazons! It's silly as all hell, and it's so much fun.

So incredibly long story short. I love Libba Bray. Make sure to pick this one up.


Once again, not dead, I'd call that an accomplishment!

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