Friday, July 1, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
May 24, 2011, Scholastic

Summary from Goodreads:

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. 

Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

OMG. I cannot even explain to you all how much I loved this book. Like, I purposely put it down after just a few chapters, so I can make the awesomeness last. It was so funny and snarky and sarcastic and just awesome. There were more actual laugh-out-loud moments in this book than I could even count.

This is the first book by Libba Bray that I've ever read, and I'm not sure why. She has a gift for setting an unbelievable scene and creating completely believable characters. Then she tosses those characters in that scene and tells us all about the melee. So much fun.

I loved these Teen Dream girls. I loved how screwed up their priorities were directly after the crash, and how those priorities changed as they adapted to their surroundings. The Teen Dream girls went from being almost indistinguishable (except for their choice of evening wear and, perhaps, their talent) to absolute individuals, with *real* talents and meaningful thoughts and dreams.

Seriously, I just can't even describe the awesomeness that is this book. You just really have to read it for yourself, and then you'll understand. Beauty Queens is absolutely going on my top ten list for 2011!!

Borrowed book from library.
Enjoy your reading!


  1. I wasn't quite sure about this book at first, but you've definetly changed my mind:)

  2. I loved it too!!!! I am so glad you loved it. I can't stop thinking about it. And you know, I could NOT get through Going Bovine, so I went into this with low expectations. I actually laughed so hard at one point, I choked on my coffee.
    I think it should also go down as one of the best covers ever, and one of my co workers pointed out that LIBBA BRAY looks like LIBRARY when you first look at it.


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