Summary from GoodReads:
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 you never see beauty the same way again.
You guys, this book was totally kick-ass. I had been wanting to read this book since it came into the library last year, but never got around to it. Even though I wasn’t in love with Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty, I still wanted to give Beauty Queens a try. Finally, I decided to go the audiobook route, and I am so glad I did. This book was so much fun, and I often sat in my car for an extra five to ten minutes, just to see what these girls would do next.
I will admit that it took me a little bit to get into it. At first I thought it was going to be mainly about Adina, and although I do agree with her opinions, she was so annoying. But this book is actually about almost all the surviving beauty contestants. And by the time I read half the book, I loved all these girls!
Libba Bray certainly knows how to create unique personalities for all the different characters, and let me tell you, there are tons of characters to keep track of. But somehow, it isn’t as difficult as you would think. And I ended up caring about every single beauty contestant, even Taylor Renee Crystal Hawkins and Adina.
Something that I absolutely loved about this book – it shows how women and girls can be great friends with each other. I absolutely hate when people say that women are catty, because that is bullshit. Excuse my language, but seriously! I actually stopped reading a YA book, because the author made that catty girl comment (in an attempt at humor) and although it wasn’t a big part of the book, I just couldn’t continue with the story. So it was so wonderful to see these girls become so close to one another, and to see them helping each other out.
And one cannot comment on Beauty Queens without mentioning the footnotes. Oh my gosh, they were hilarious, and really helped set the ton of the book.
And did I mention there are pirates in Beauty Queens! Yeah, pirates! And I absolutely loved the captain.
Libba Bray herself narrates the audiobook, and I am often a bit nervous when authors narrate their own books. But man she totally rocked it! She created all these different accents and voices for the girls – it was wonderful. Also, if you listen to the audiobook, at the beginning of every disc one of the girls says “Beauty Queens, Disc X.” then she says something hilarious about that number. Too funny!
So, basically, if you haven’t read this book, you should. Right now! Better yet, listen to the audiobook!