Monday, November 7, 2011
After Reading: 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?
Honestly, I freaking love Libba Bray. She's hilarious. I have really enjoyed her other books, so this one was obviously making it into my to-read stack. (Haven't read Going Bovine, or the Gemma Doyle Trilogy? I highly recommend them!) Anyhow, this book was a bit over-the-top for me in places. While I really loved the girl-power aspect of it all, some of the little insertions from the Corporation were kind of obnoxious (as in the shove-it-down-your-throat variety, when the text itself did this quite alright by itself). Anyhow, the story was a good time, and I loved getting to see each of the character's pasts and understand what made them tick. Remembering who was representing which state was a bit of a trick (I needed some kind of key). The humor made me laugh out loud quite a few times--always a good sign! In any event, not my favorite book by Bray, but a fun read nonetheless.
This book also reminded me quite a bit of a series I read as a kid, but I can't remember the name of to save my life. It was also about a bunch of girls who were shipwrecked on an island for a long time. It was a lot darker, if memory serves. I remember they ate a lot of fruit... LOL, bonus to anyone who has a clue what I'm talking about!