Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012 (view all comments by Amanda Alsterberg)
I thought this book was wonderfully satirical. It has an intriguing view of today's pop culture combined with capitalism. I enjoyed having the story told from different viewpoints, the girls' backgrounds revealed gradually. I loved the characters -some more than others at first, but by the end I loved all of the Beauty Queens and appreciated how each of their personality quirks added to the story.
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Holly Polivka, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Holly Polivka)
A plane full of teenage beauty queens crashes on a desert island. What's not to like about a plot like that??? It's kind of like Lord of the Flies in the pageant world. The Sparkle Ponies are convinced they will be rescued, so they continue to practice for the upcoming pageant. After all, what could be more important after a plane crash than making sure you are still beautiful and poised? So what if you have a dinner tray from the airplane seat in front of you sticking out of your forehead? The Lost Girls aren't so optimistic, and their goal is to find food and shelter. Throw in some mysterious armed men and beauty advertisements from The Corporation (the sponsors of the pageant) interspersed throughout the text of the book, and you've got one very unique story. The book is hilarious, but despite the subject content, it surprisingly sends a message about girl power.
Teri Crosby, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Teri Crosby)
Now the first thing you see is this awesome cover, no really it is something to behold and what I love most is that is really ties into the story. For you fellow having read this, this reminds you of Taylor right?!
Now there was also some great moments in this book and I love all of the Corporations comments throughout the book as well as the Teen Dream applications put into the book. It was such a snarky riot. I ordered a copy for my stepdaughter after having only read 20 pages, it was so full of awesome.
There are only a few great books that catch you that fast in loving it and then spreading that love around. These Texas authors really know how to write epic good reads.
Basically you take a plane load of beauty pageant teens that are now participating on the final league of the Miss Teen Dream Pageant, and then you crash their plane on an island , make a cover up and call them all lost at sea, and have them fend for themselves. Oh my gosh the dialog is fraking fabulous and then all of the comments for the Corporations products, placements, and tv shows really ices the cake in the awesomesauce.
If you are looking for good times with bonus snark and snack slaying, then Beauty Queens will delight your weekend.
I know it sure made mine was more enjoyable.
Laurie Foote, June 16, 2011 (view all comments by Laurie Foote)
Pure hilarity from page one! A book that makes fun of beauty pageant girls and then turns them into the cast of Survivor. Clever, clever writing, keeps a smile on your face.throughout the whole book.
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Okay: A plane full of beauty queens crashes on a deserted island. Can they survive without handlers, camera crews, and make-up people? Complete with commercials, product identity footnotes, and corporate malfeasance, this is one seriously snarky satire. Great fun.
by Kathy H
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bray follows her Printz Award-winner, Going Bovine, with an only slightly less absurd premise in this out-there satire about a planeload of teen beauty queens who crash onto a (not so) deserted island. Lord of the Flies with an evening gown competition, anyone? Led by the indefatigable Miss Texas, Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins, the 14 surviving contestants must rely on competitive moxie. Despite the large cast, Bray makes the Misses distinctive, though each is more a stand-in for a particular brand of diversity than a fully dimensional teenager (one's black, one's deaf, one's gay, one is a boy in the process of becoming a girl). Poor Miss New Mexico stands out because she has a serving tray embedded in her forehead. ('Bangs are the new black!') Halfway through the ordeal, a boat full of shirtless, reality TV pirates runs aground, allowing for some smoking hot scenes. Fun footnotes, contestant profiles, and scripted commercial breaks are interspersed. There's a lot of message, but every time the story veers toward sermonizing, Bray corrects with another crack about our media-saturated, appearance-obsessed, consumer-driven society. Ages 13 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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