Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Survival. Of the Fittest.

The Corporation is flying the fifty contestants and entire production crew to Paradise Cove for the 41st Miss Teen Dream pageant when disaster strikes. The plane crash lands on a seemingly uninhabited desert island. Only fourteen contestants survive and none of the crew. Left with a few bottle of water and a handful of bagged pretzels, these fourteen teenage beauty contestants must find a way to survive until they are rescued, if they don’t kill one another first.
Adina Greenberg, Miss New Hampshire, only entered the Miss Teen Dream pageant for an expose on beauty pageants for her school newspaper. She quickly spars with the quintessential contestant, Miss Texas Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins who believes they should continue their pageant preparation over finding a way to survive on the island. When the remaining girls vote to make Taylor their leader over Adina, it’s not long before each girl scrambles to keep their secrets hidden.
In spite of everything, Taylor turns out to be quite the leader. The girls pull together and start to make an existence for themselves in the island. They are quite proud of all the work they have accomplished. Friendships are formed and true identities are revealed. But soon, the realization of their situation begins to set in. Turns out, these teen beauty queens are not alone after all.
Beauty Queens is a hilarious romp part Lord of the Flies, part Lost and a whole lot of girl empowerment that pokes fun at beauty pageants, corporate America, celebrities and every social issue under the sun. No one is safe from Ms. Bray’s humorous jabs, including your funny bone. The author herself reads the audio version of this book. Definitely worth listening to.

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