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Beauty Queens

Bray, Libba (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beauty Queens


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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
Authors: Bray, Libba
Title: Beauty queens
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 396 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Libba Bray
Summary: When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
ISBN: 9780439895972
0439895979
Branch Call Number: y BRAY 2011
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Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • rbeckbro rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bit slow to start, but definitely worth the effort, _Beauty Queens_ is a snarky, absurdist, hilarious commentary in the style of Terry Pratchett, lighting on a plethora of topics from transgender individuals to beauty standards to race to divisions of labour. I would highly recommend this book.

Report This Nov 25, 2013
  • EPalmer2295 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty good!! Tackles some heavy issues, but is also infused with satire. Very much a beach read, but worth it because of the strong female characters.

Report This Aug 21, 2013
  • Melaniejones rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book great for summer reading, despite some political inaccuracies. Really takes a stand for women rights.

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once again, Libba Bray has turned out an amazing novel. She has this rare talent to bring an amusing and inspiring story AND also include social commentary that has me thinking, cheering, and re-reading passages that suddenly resonate in full. She did that in Going Bovine, and it's even more present in Beauty Queens. I only wish I had read this when I was in high school (and again in college, and again after college). If I ever have daughters, this book will be mandatory reading for them. Covering topics based in self-esteem, the 'ideal of femininity', corporate ownership and corruption, the exploitation of people and the environment, and most of all, self-empowerment, Beauty Queens is filled with biting commentary and sound advice, presented in the ever-amusing snark that Libba Bray has perfected. By the end of the book, I did not want to leave these characters, her voice, or the sense that someone out there is saying "yes, I see the hypocrisy as well, and I'm not afraid to point it out". I still don't. I recommend this for anyone with a uterus. Seriously. And guys, too- it's not a man-hating book, and indeed points out some of the unfair standards placed on men these days. Which, I suppose, means that I recommend this book for any literate person with a pulse.

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • doudou_2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really love this book! It's perfect for summer and fun to read. The author's style is hilarious! I really liked how the book discussed feminism, beauty and sexuality! However, I didn't like the distracting footnotes and commercials.

Report This Aug 03, 2013
  • khuntley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book interesting because it's satire. At times you can take the book seriously, and at other times you just chuckle to yourself. I will say, in my opinion, this is a young adult book with some adult content. Bray brings a lot of current issues to the table- like transgender individuals, lesbianism, and teenage sex- so if your teenager is reading this book, you should read it, too. Depending on how you feel about these issues, there might be some things that you'd want to discuss with them afterward.

Report This Jul 29, 2013
  • 22950006867246 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book; at first it was a little slow but it picked up and got quite interesting. :)

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • KatherineAllan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

love this <3

I loved this book. At first I was like whoa this doesn't seem like a Libba Bray book. It was very "chick-lit", but then a mystery starts to unfurl. Then it becomes very interesting.

Report This Jun 27, 2013
  • CAT_200 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought the book was okay. If your looking for something to read i recommend it.

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Report This Aug 21, 2013
  • Melaniejones rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Melaniejones thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

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Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • cinderilla97 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this book is about teen girls going to a beauty pageant but their plane crashes. during their time on the seemingly desolate island they learn to be self sufficient and uncover major dirt and end up living gratifying lives filled with purpose. this book shows us the mind of beauty queens, other thanit's seemingly emptiness.

Report This Jun 24, 2011
  • juliabrillinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beauty Queens was hilarious, intelligent and entertaining. There really wasn't one main character, instead there was an ensemble cast one beauty queens from different states in the US. I enjoyed how much time each character got, and how their personalities varied so much. Beauty Queens was a satire that managed to be silly without being superficial, and empowering without being to heavy. The book begins with a plane crash that lands a bunch of Teen Dream contestants on an island. The survivors group together and elect Miss. Texas as their leader. Than the proceed to practice their skills for the talent portion of the pageant, and apply make-up. See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/beauty-queens.html

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Report This Aug 03, 2013
  • khuntley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swear words are interspersed here and there in the story.

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  • khuntley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: One of the girls has a sort of sexual awakening. Another has sex, though there isn't too much detail.

Report This Jan 25, 2012
  • portview29 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nothing too intense but it's a theme through several fo the girls' storylines.

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Report This Aug 04, 2012
  • missbutler21 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The world expected girls to pluck and primp and put on heels. Meanwhile, boys dressed in rumpled TShirts and baggy pants and misplaced their combs and yet you were supposed to fall at their feet? Unacceptable."

Report This Feb 26, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Breast in Show. Because "You're perfect just the way you are" is what your guidance counselor says. And she's an alcoholic. p.212

Report This Jan 28, 2012
  • izzyb14 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"I speak English. I'm American. Also, did you learn those moves from Barbie's Hawaiian Vacation DVD?" "Omigosh, yes! Do your people have that, too?"

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