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Beauty Queens

Bray, Libba

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0439895979
9780439895972
Branch Call Number: y BRAY 2011
Characteristics: 396 p. ;,22 cm

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A plane crash on a supposedly deserted island strands 13 beauty pageant contestants including an undercover journalist, a transgendered contestant (also undercover), a rap-loving DJ masquerading as a traditional Indian girl, a "recovering" lesbian, and a sharpshooting Texas pageant prin... Read More »

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.

If you're a beauty pageant contestant and your plane goes down with all the other pageant hopefuls, you might find yourself questioning a whole lot of things about your life.

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.

(Gr 9 & Up) Whip-smart social commentary, surreal plot elements, and feminist themes come together in this bizarre and brilliant story about a group of beauty pageant contestants stranded on a remote island after a plane crash. Undaunted by disaster, the teens hone their survival skills as t... Read More »


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Dec 02, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What do you get when you strand fifty teenage beauty queens on an island with very little food, water, and practically no beauty supplies? A hilarious mess! Each girl reacts differently as their lives are thrown into total discord. Some continue to practice for the competition, others embrace the wild jungle life, and some just work on their tans. Obstacles are thrown their way and the superficial world that the contestants hold so dear crumbles beneath them. Beauty Queen's explores the truths that girls live with everywhere, everyday and blows them up into a masterpiece. The characters are flawed, complicated and hilarious! The writing makes this book socially relevant and interesting. The best parts throughout the book were the offhanded comical comments! Bray wrote this book in a witty satirical manner but the added hints, jibes and comments hit on the feminist issues of young women today with some slight exaggeration.

Jul 29, 2014
  • ucblue rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Was almost tempted to not read this book, but glad I did read it. Not at all what I thought it would be. It greatly exceeded my expectations! I loved the variety of characters and how realistic they seemed. I liked how the author wrote at times but at other times I was extremely bored with her writing style.

Jul 29, 2014
  • runner_chick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty funny book, it's good for a laugh and is a very light and quick read. It's about a bunch of beauty queen contestants who are stranded on a "deserted" island after their plane crashes on the way to the national beauty queen contest. This book is a mix of romance, action (secret agents and pirates!), and humor.

Jun 29, 2014
  • Bellarox rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book Libba Bray's weakest YA novel so far. The sheer cheesiness of this book was nearly suffocating. Although the plot and such was quite good. I love Bray to death with her Great and Terrible Beauty series and her latest book The Diviners but this book seemed to be a new genre all together. A perfect read for YA lovers who enjoy comedy during the summer!

Jun 22, 2014
  • afry882 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably one the most hilarious young adult books I've ever read. If you are looking for a novel that is intelligent, goofy, quirky, outlandish, moving and insightful all at once, you should read this book!

Apr 28, 2014
  • dprodrig rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Libba Bray. Your books are always off the wall, disturbing with really engaging characters who definitely break the mold. Everything from the uber "yay" go pagents participant, to the ones just trying to make a dint, to the cross-dresser, the lesbian in hiding, through to the undercover reporter. Wonderfully bananas. Please keep writing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Jun 29, 2014
  • Bellarox rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Bellarox thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 22

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brown_horse_150 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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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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.

Apr 03, 2012
  • 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.

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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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."

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

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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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.

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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