Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This book needs to be made into a movie. Immediately! I mean, Libba Bray has already written out the script with interjections from the Corporation advertisements all the way through - it is HILARIOUS!

This is the first book of Libba’s that I have read and definitely will not be the last. Her sense of humour and sarcasm in this satire reigned supreme and just made me smile right the way through. And because it WAS so funny I actually was a bit disappointed when the story is over.

The characters are hilarious, Miss Teen Dream New Mexico with half of an areoplane dinner tray stuck in her forehead the whole book, Shanti and Nicole fighting it out over which “minority” will make it to the top 10, Miss Nebraska who is a virgin and when not wearing her “purity ring” ends up being a bit of a wild child who can’t contain herself! There may be some girl love, as well as some other action going on!

There are SERIOUSLY so many sub-storylines going on in the background, but I promise you it was written in such a fluid way I was not once confused with who was who and what story belonged where… and this is something I was initially concerned about thinking about 12 girls on the island… I was like… “Am I going to need a pen and paper here to keep track?”. lol But seriously, gripping story - it’s all just in the name of fun, and it was probably the MOST fun book I remember reading in a long long time.

Definitely read it - especially you folks in the US where it’s nice and sunny right now. This is a PERFECT Summer read!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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  • Maree says:

    This does need to be a movie! Pronto! Loved this so much :) Great review!

  • […] Thanks to Allen & Unwin for this copy! I actually reviewed this book back in 2011 and loved this read so much! You can view my review of it here. […]

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