Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

Book - 2011
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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439895972
0439895979
9780439895989
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 22 cm

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AL_TIEGAN Dec 06, 2016

Very funny! Especially paired with the audiobook - read by the author! I love the satirical comments on society's expectations of femininity and consumerism. However, the end really seemed to drag on and on and I did find myself wondering "how much longer until this is over?" But this is a good read for someone who just wants a laugh.

Also, pretty great that it includes transgender and lesbian characters. Also, provides a great narrative on being non-white in such a white-domibated society. While these are serious topics, they don't really come across heavy in this book, and just add to more of the humor in many instances.

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Ange_X
Sep 02, 2016

Hilarious, smart, and real. The issues faced by the girls in this story are very in tune with what goes on in reality, and they were each individual with their own stories and details. Anyone can find themselves in any of the girls which made this novel very touching as well as sharp. Furthermore, there are great lessons in this novel. Self-belief is taught to be empowering instead of an overabundance of ego- which is message that should be broadcasted on billboards.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 10, 2016

Super campy and over the top, but if you can get yourself to buy into the world it's totally worth your time. Bray does an amazing job of sneaking major emotional punches in just after goofy moments. Then following them up with more silliness.

I think what I loved most is that this is a book about girls loving and protecting their own. There's competitiveness, obviously, but it gets tempered with understanding. So much media aimed at teen girls has the antagonistic mean girl that everyone loves to hate. Girl vs. girl can be fun, but this takes that trope and turns it into something way more enjoyable.

AND one of the excellent crush objects in the book gets to say "I love you for who you are, not who the world thinks you should be." I don't think girls hear that message nearly enough. In fact, this whole book is a love letter to teen girls. It says: You are awesome just as you are, and if anyone disagrees feel free to sabotage them with some explosive hair remover.

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C_Bara
Jul 23, 2016

This book is awesome. I love how the young women band together to survive and to become more than what they thought they would or could be. Bray does an amazing job at calling out stereo types and unrealistic expectations of young women in today's photo shoped world.

FindingJane Jun 30, 2016

Oh, it was such a tingle to romp through this tale of girls gone wild! And by wild, we mean back to nature. These adolescents gradually shed their false notions of beauty, belonging and appealing to the hungry eyes of the media when they’re unexpectedly stranded on an island and the results are pointed and funny. There are moments of backbiting and antagonism, unexpected bonding and rising to the challenges of their environment that are enjoyable to read.

The women prove resourceful, putting beauty products and their own individual know-how to good use as they tackle their hostile environment and the unknown. A bit of this reads much like comic book hijinks (it’s tough to believe that one Texan beauty queen can take out two trained, gun-toting shoulders with somersaults) but this isn’t meant to be satire. Satire is subtle; this is more like well-honed farce.

This is a chick-lit novel that wears its agenda proudly on its sleeve. Without apology (stop saying sorry, ladies!), Ms. Bray has given us a different kind of feminist novel, with gals in combat boots and guys in high heels. Work it, ladies!

LoganLib_LW Jun 21, 2016

What happens when a plane full of beauty queens crashes on a tropical island? This book is full of intrigue, comedy and beauty ads.

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Nymeria23
Apr 16, 2016

This book started out annoying. Yea. It was just slam-my-head-against-a-wall annoying. The girls were so ditzy and silly I wasn't sure I could make it through an entire book reading about them. The only sensible ones seemed to be Adina and Mary Lou.
I stuck with it though, learning more and more about the characters, when all of a sudden I realized they didn't annoy me as much. In fact, it was kind of fun to read about them. As they spent more and more time on the island, they seemed to be finding themselves, dropping their ridiculous 'masks' and fronts they put on for the show, and finding their true meaning, self-worth, and identity without society's influence. It became a pretty strange, empowering book on feminism, what it means to love yourself, and not being apologetic for sticking up for yourself. I really loved how the girls stuck together, how they had each other's backs and not only used each other's strengths, but also helped build on their weaknesses. These girls show that when you try to mess with beauty queens, you better watch out cause they got some serious girl power.

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beaglebabygirl
Mar 30, 2016

At first, I was hesitant to read this book, because it looked so stereotypical. When I read it, turns out it is the opposite! It is a really good book, and well written. I love all the representation that's in it, as well as the breaking of stereotypes.

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Blue_Crow_2
Oct 30, 2015

Very good! Beauty Queens is hilarious. It makes fun of all of the sexism, racism, capitalism and just everything that's wrong with modern society, and it does so in a fun way. It doesn't feel like a complaint or rant. It's a little long, but entertaining and definitely captivating enough that I had no trouble finishing it.

There is also a lot of representation (lgbt, race, etc) which I LOVED. Beauty Queens emphasized hat every girl is different, with different backgrounds, motivations, perspectives, but that a certain type of girl is not better than another.

Please read it!!!

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Zozzy
Jul 27, 2015

Really good book, love the way that they have commercials included in it. It was really inspiring and funny.

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AL_BRIDGET Aug 10, 2016

We have work to do if you are not to be a total failure like high-waisted, acid-wash jeans.

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C_Bara
Jul 23, 2016

"...Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one's watching them so they can be who they really are."

missbutler21 Aug 04, 2012

"The world expected girls to pluck and primp and put on heels. Meanwhile, boys dressed in rumpled TShirts and baggy pants and misplaced their combs and yet you were supposed to fall at their feet? Unacceptable."

JewelMcLatchy Feb 26, 2012

Breast in Show. Because "You're perfect just the way you are" is what your guidance counselor says. And she's an alcoholic. p.212

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izzyb14
Jan 28, 2012

"I speak English. I'm American. Also, did you learn those moves from Barbie's Hawaiian Vacation DVD?"
"Omigosh, yes! Do your people have that, too?"

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khuntley Apr 03, 2012

Sexual Content: One of the girls has a sort of sexual awakening. Another has sex, though there isn't too much detail.

khuntley Apr 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swear words are interspersed here and there in the story.

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portview29
Jan 25, 2012

Sexual Content: Nothing too intense but it's a theme through several fo the girls' storylines.

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cinderilla97 Jul 05, 2013

this book is about teen girls going to a beauty pageant but their plane crashes. during their time on the seemingly desolate island they learn to be self sufficient and uncover major dirt and end up living gratifying lives filled with purpose. this book shows us the mind of beauty queens, other thanit's seemingly emptiness.

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juliabrillinger
Jun 24, 2011

Beauty Queens was hilarious, intelligent and entertaining. There really wasn't one main character, instead there was an ensemble cast one beauty queens from different states in the US. I enjoyed how much time each character got, and how their personalities varied so much. Beauty Queens was a satire that managed to be silly without being superficial, and empowering without being to heavy. The book begins with a plane crash that lands a bunch of Teen Dream contestants on an island. The survivors group together and elect Miss. Texas as their leader. Than the proceed to practice their skills for the talent portion of the pageant, and apply make-up.

See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/beauty-queens.html

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