beauty queens

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.

I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than I expected. I thought it was going to be fun and light. What I got was fun but it was full of sarcasm, satire, wit and very funny. It had a lot more depth than I originally gave it credit for. It’s good when a book surprises you like this did for me. I liked how there was a lot of back story to the the characters, they all had their own reasons for going into the beauty pageant. Petra’s story was the most intriguing for me. I did not see that one coming.

If you want a book to keep you guessing, full of action and makes you laugh this book is for you.