Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Goodreads Description: "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."

My Review: This is one of the most amazing books I have EVER read! First of all, Bray is a MASTER at satire. This book was so satirical that it almost made me die of laughter on practically every page. I loved the style it was written in---from a corporation to a someone taking in media---which just added to the satire of the book. Truly, if anyone wants to learn satire, they should read this book! Also, I was surprised at the CONTENT of this book. I had assumed that it was going to be a light and fluffy chick-lit, but no way---Bray touched on TONS of seriously deep topics, like poverty, race, materialism, sexism, transgenders, foreign policy...the list goes on and on. Despite its superficial appearance, this book goes deep and hits hard and is so well-written that I could barely believe it. I LOVED this book. 

Cover: I gotta say it: the lipsticks instead of casing shells or bullets or whatever? GENIUS! It kind of shows you what goes on in this book. It's not just a bunch of brain-dead blondes sunning themselves on the sand...

Overall Grade: A+

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