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Beauty Queens

byLibba Bray

Paperback | June 1, 2012

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From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray comes the hilarious (and sometimes twisted) story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program-or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan-or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make sure you never see beauty the same way again.

LIBBA BRAY is the author of the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Revel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Beauty QueensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.04 × 5.31 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0439895987

ISBN - 13:9780439895989


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun! This book was extremely funny and satirical. It was full of twists which kept the book interesting!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Idea I bought this book a few years ago and haven't finished it. The summary of the book is really intriguing to me but once I started reading it I just didn't find myself wanting to grab for it and finish it.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun I have to say the premise of a all-female Lord of the Flies mixed with a beauty pageant was not a synopsis, I could pass up, and the book did not disappoint. It was fun, satirical and empathetic towards its characters, which was exactly what I needed out of this premise.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Such a cool concept, and a really enjoyable read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did Not Finish I tried to read this so many times. The concept was so good and the cover is so cool but the writing style is what killed it for me. I picked up this book FIVE TIMES and I just couldn't get past the first hundred pages because this book is so boring! All the perspectives are confusing and nothing grabbed my attention. There are too many characters and it gets so confusing trying to remember who is who besides the fact that so many of the characters are flat and uninteresting. I really wanted to like this book and I just couldn't
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book and found it to be very funny.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved I bought this book a while ago and it was a great read. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the twist on typical girls. I am definitely going to read it again soon!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Humourous read told from different perspectives that kept my attention throughout. I liked it quite a bit.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! I hate to say it, but I definitely judged this book by its cover even though we all know that you're not supposed to do that (haha). I read this book for school, and while I expected a very empty, cliché story, I was very surprised by this book. It touched on so many important issues, and Libba Bray is clearly a great satirist.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright. I didn't really like this book to much but I liked seeing the girls grow and fall in love.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good It was a fun read. Not award winning, but enjoyable all the same. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Couldn't get through this one.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad Definitely could have been better. The character development and the bonding within female relationships could have been less forced. I was expecting the female relationship building to be more sophisticated and unique because the reviews for it were so good.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good. It was so unique and interesting. Worth reading.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from this book was cute. I would have given it 3 and a half stars if half-stars were possible. If you want a fun beachy read or to kill a book on a plane ride, this will do you well. It probably won't stick with you, but definitely funny and clever enough to be engaging.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. This book was entertaining but honestly pretty dumb. I can understand why some people would appreciate the satire but it wasn't for me.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible ** spoiler alert ** This is without a doubt the worst book that I have ever read. I had my doubts but I was also excited. I thought here something original and experimental and fun to read. I nearly gave up on it more times then I can count but by that point I was halfway through and I felt the need to finish. I am not a quitter. Read previous reviews for continuity. 1. Over half of the people die in the crash and yet those that do survive have no major injuries. Scratched? Yes. Clothes torn? Yes. Tray in forehead that has no dangerous effects and acts as a comic addition? Yes. And in addition to this there is no dehydration or starvation or accidental poisonous ingestion. Except for the hallucination inducing plant but that was to shove character development down our throats. 2. I can't remember any of the character names. Not a single one. But the girl who was part of the band spent the first few chapters and almost died over getting her medication back and yet the book went past a week and no mention of what it would have done to her body or hormones is brought up. What gives? 3. The romance. This is what ruined it for me beyond redemption. The guys from the TV show they love happens to land on their island and they all happen to have love interests with the girls. Because nothing matters in terms of survival when hot guys are involved. All the girls must shave and apply makeup and be paired with men they just met who might be serial killers or rapists or diseased or maybe one or two of them gay but no they're all straight charming and hot. 4. The kind of lead and the captain guy have sex after a couple hours and she is heartbroken that he leaves? If you have sex after a few hours of knowing someone then you probably shouldn't expect a relationship from that. It doesn't happen unless you are Steve and Miranda from Sex and the City and that was beautiful. This was just stupid. 5. The boys ditch them and yet they forgive them at the end because hot charming men. 6. Stereotypes. Every one was fulfilled. And then some. 7. Unbearable characteristics and dialogue. The bad guy made me headdesk. The gay couple made me headdesk. Every other aspect made me headdesk. I might have scared my roommates yelling at the book because seriously? 8. The girl who had suppressed sexuality? I thought she was a werewolf or succubus. No just a sexually repressed American. And then she runs through the woods naked and mounts the first man she finds? There are a dozen more realistic ways to deal with this. Like I don't know exploring her body, masturbating, just walking around naked, skinny dipping ... I can go on. But no there just happens to be a man there. A man who she takes the time out of a life and death situation to make out with. 9. The epilogue. They add kids and minus any character development they might have gone through.\ 10. Satire? More like hitting us over the head with a TV tray. We get it consumerism is bad and so is makeup and sexuality and all the blah. We get it. I could go on and on but this book made me so angry and disappointed that I could never put into words. This may have turned me off of Libba Bray which is unfortunate because her Great and Terrible Beauty was soo good. But I need a long time to get over this book before I even think about reading it again. Seriously. What could have saved the book? 1. More focus on the female relationships. They were glossed over for more men/female relationships and satire. 2. The girl who goes crazy. More of her. I liked her. I really did. Not enough to remember her name but I don't remember anyone. 3. Minus the guys. EW just ew no. 4. Realism. Like some of the main girls dying or being injured or struggling instead of using a hair curler to cook food and mascara to hunt predators. Seriously. Just no. Don't read. Get as far away as possible. If it wasn't a library book then I would have burned it but then that would have meant I spent money on it so I would have jumped into the fire after it in shame.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was hilarious! Think Lord of the Flies but with beauty queens and a world of extreme consumerism. Not only was this book so much fun to read, the deeper messages were also refreshing. So good!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs #plumreview The wit and satire of this book make it a light read, while still addressing relevant problems faced as a teenage girl. I often find myself going back to this book when I'm looking for a light read and a girl-power confidence boost.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I adore the messages contained in this book. The satire and sarcasm were laid on a little thick for my taste, but I probably would have given this 5 stars if I read in when I was a teenager.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Until The Sexy Pirates First of all, what a cover. I love the lipsticks in the bullet holders. The cover is one of the reasons I read this book. The other is because it was recommended to me by a friend. I really enjoyed this novel, but it is definitely either a love or a hate, nothing in between. That's probably why the Goodreads star counter is basically in the middle. Plot The commercials and voice overs were by far my favourite parts of the novel. I loved that writing style and how it still had all those tie into the plot and move it forward. It would have been easy to have those go off-topic; these acted like regular commercials that would interrupt an actual television show, but still had the reader understanding that the plot was moving forward in a particular direction. Sure, it was an obvious combination of other stories and plot lines that have been done before. But there was so much in here that was done well, like Petra and the relationship between Nicole and Shanti. I loved the way the diversity was handled. Ir was a fresh take on some topics that are fairly "controversial" in today's society. Characters Would have been 5 stars but I did not like what I deemed to be the unnecessary addition of the sexy pirates. These girls had survived on their own for a while and were doing great and then some boys show up and they revert to being helpless? No thanks, I'm not about that life. I did like Tiara and her arc. I loved that she was so proud of being able to create something and decorate it to the best of her abilities. I loved that she felt empowered and used what people perceived to be her weakness to her advantage. I just really liked how strong she became while still being the typical "beauty queen" for lack of better terms. Taylor was by far the best character and I wish she hadn't been reduced to a legitimate crazy girl. She had a little bit of everything and should have been the main protagonist, not Adina. Of course a lot of the characters were stereotypes, but they were still well-written enough that it was easy to look past it. Overall: 4/5 stars and would be more if there was less sexy pirates and more poison dart blowing Taylor.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh...couldn't get into it Read half way through the book and still couldn't care. I tried every night waiting for something to grab my attention. TEAAAAH zippo here. Not my sense of humor and I didn't really like any of the characters. But this book may have potential for other readers that enjoy satire books.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing book adding to my "you must read this collection"
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazingly awesome! Libba Bray states that two different people said to her: "A plane full of beauty queens crashes on a deserted island. And … GO!" They were David Levithan and Ann Marie Anderson, both of whom we should be extremely thankful for. For this was an awesome read! The story is about the Miss Teen Dream Pageant contestants. They are on their way to an island for the rehearsals before the big show when their plane crashes on a desert island. A number of the contestants survive the crash, but none of the chaperons or adults do. But the story is a little more complicated than just young women stuck on an island like a female version of Lord of the Flies. There are Reality TV Pirates, a crazy dictator from a country with an embargo against it, Lady Bird Hope, a former Miss Teen Dream and CEO of the Corporation who is all about the money and power, an Enviro Warrior looking to reclaim his tribal land. All these and more make the cast on this desert island very different from Gilligan's but extremely entertaining. This book was very well written. I have already recommended it to about a dozen people who have all loved it. The story is so far out there and yet you find yourself cheering for these young women as they pull it together and realize they are more than just pretty faces. They are learning to discover who they really are and what they want in life. It was a great read. Highly entertaining.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sheer entertainment! Beauty Queens is full of over the top characters, situations and plenty of hilarious moments and lines. Plus there are hot pirates. Underneath its quirky appearance lies a book that really touches on some difficult subjects and deals some serious girl power. ~~~ Beauty Queens is one of those books you have to read for the sheer entertainment value. At first glance it seems like it will be about a bunch of shallow superficial girls trapped on an island, complaining about their lack of makeup. And it totally is! But deeper than that it's about girls learning to accept themselves for who they are and giving the finger to the corporations that rule. Awesome. In the beginning of Beauty Queens we get to witness the initial panic and craziness when the plane carrying 50 Miss Teen Dream contestants crash lands on an island, leaving only 13 alive. On top of that: no makeup, no conditioner, no razors; horrors! The girls continue to practice their pageant routines because they are sure The Corporation is coming to rescue them any moment. As days pass, however, they start to see the need to find food, water, shelter, and the girls get to realize they're not just pretty faces, and they're all in this crappy situation together. Beauty Queens is definitely a fun read. Interspersed among chapters are Corporation commercials advertising products that will make you better than you are, eg. Lady 'Stache Off (usually with some cost). We also find out that there's a sinister plan going on behind the scenes, one that could endanger the lives of the girls. It's totally over the top propaganda, great stuff. I also loved the footnotes on some pages that gave me more insight into a world where crazy reality shows and beauty obsessed celebrities are the norm. Some things were so ridiculous it was just funny. My only minor peeve about Beauty Queens was that the girls would often call each other by their first names or their states and switch between the two. 'Hey Miss Montana!' The back and forth made it hard to distinguish some characters beyond the main ones I knew. Beyond that I loved learning more about each girl and their reasons for joining the pageant as well as seeing them admit and accept their fears and concerns about themselves. Sometimes it was a little cheesy but overall it was really touching. Review from my blog:
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible! I bought this book hoping for a great, funny summer read but I was very sadly disappointed. Rarely have I ever quit reading a book halfway through but I couldn't stand reading any further. It is complete nonsense and 3-quarters of the book doesn't make sense! I was really disappointed in this book and wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE! There was absolutely nothing that I enjoyed about this book!
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and hilarious The Good Stuff * One of the most unique, hilarious and truly unusual books I have ever read (and that my friends is a compliment) * Sort of a modern retelling of Lord of the Flies but a hell of a lot more fun and interesting (and I totally didn't fall asleep like I did reading Lord of the Flies - awful bloody book I tell ya) * Beautiful morals thrown in and done in such a fun way that kids will get it, but not feel like you are pulling something over their heads * Quirky dialogue and characters * Acceptance of non traditional sexual preferences by the girls which was impressively done * Wonderful character development * Cover is AWESOME * A not very thinly veiled commentary on beauty, marketing and consumerism & done hilarious btw * There are quite a few more things I would like to put in here but they would be seriousl spoilers, just do yourself a favor and grab the book (and don't let their mindless talk at the beginning throw you off) The Not so Good Stuff * slow in a few parts and the mindlessness of the girls at the beginning might stop someone from getting into the book, which would be a shame Favorite Quotes/Passages "Really, being a librarian is a much more dangerous job than you realize." (Jen's note: ain't that the truth!) "I'm talking about my personal copilot, Jesus Christ." "Someone should tell her personal copilot that his landings suck" "Che Guevera, the Argentine Marxist revolutionary who later became a bestselling T-shirt icon." "Let's not speak ill of the dead, no matter how hideous their fashion sense." What I Learned * Beauty queens not so lame after all and some of their skills work well in the jungle Who should/shouldn't read * I'm just saying this will probably not be loved by most serious beauty queen contestants * Those who enjoy the unusual and quirky will really enjoy 4.5 Dewey's
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These Beauty Queens' bites are worse than their bark. It left me smiling This book was a great and interesting read. I definitely recommend it. Just a heads up for anyone who is going to read this: It makes fun of the things we worship in society and makes us focus more on the things that are actually important. And yes there are boys....are there every boys! There are Beauty Queens, Pirates, Spies, Corupt corporations, girls going insane, and a dominante female figure that holds the world in her hands. This book even has footnotes and each is a punch in the face to modern society, mainly teen society. Now If you are a beauty pagent contestant there is a chance that you might not like it. There is also a chance that you might love it as I actually grew to appreciate the girls, even the ones who were not the greatest tools in the shed. If you are one of those people who like to make fun of contestants....jump right on this bandwagon, but be warned You'll be surprised. Not all the characters were the stereotypical idea of a beauty pagent contestant, and all seemed to have some sort of real problem, i.e trans-gender, sexual preference, parental pressure, a need for something more. The point of the novel is that some people need to listen to how they sound when they are actually saying some of these stupid things, and that all the things regular teens worry and obsess over are just not that important. Also the novel brings about the idea of being ok with yourself no matter who you are. When I started reading this book I laughed at all the things that came out of the girls mouths making them seems like the stereotypical Beauty pagent competeors, but as I kept reading I began to take the book more seriously as I did the girls and I guess as they did themselves. Each girl finds herself and learns to love it, which is really what we as people should be focused on. All and all It did leave me with a smile on my face.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Libba Bray Does It Again! As a huge fan of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy and Going Bovine, I picked up Beauty Queens the day it was released, although I hardly knew anything about it. Was I disappointed? Of course not! Beauty Queens is about a group of, well, beauty queens, whose plane crashes on their way to promote the upcoming Miss Teen Dream pageant. They end up on a deserted island, and the survivors must find a way to keep themselves alive. The book is strewn with references to fake products that are obviously references to real brands. All of these are owned by the Corporation, who makes everything from maxi pads to explosives. As the book continues it is made clear that the Corporation has a sinister presence on the island. Many of the girls at first seem to be stereotypical beauty queens, but each is revealed to have hidden depths and strengths. Bray once again shows her writing range. The Gemma Doyle trilogy was a beautiful, gothic fantasy, while stand-alone books like Beauty Queens and Going Bovine display Bray's comic genius. I would recommend the book to readers over the age of 14. There is quite a bit of swearing and a few graphically described sex scenes, as well as other mature content. Beauty Queens is a hilarious look at marketing and consumerism, but it also has a lot of heart.
Date published: 2011-05-31

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Beauty Queens"'Beauty Queens' is a madcap surrealist satire of the world in which her readers have come of age-reality TV, corporate sponsorship, product placement, beauty obsession-but ultimately, it's a story of empowering self-discovery." - New York Times Book Review*"Readers will come for the twisted fun and walk away with a whole banquet of questions." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review*"Whip-smart social commentary, surreal plot elements, and feminist themes come together in this bizarre and brilliant story... The empowering theme of self-acceptance and the affirming message that women should not underestimate themselves or others makes this novel a potentially life-changing book for budding feminists." - School Library Journal, starred review