Saturday, August 27, 2011
BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray
Fifty beautiful teens are headed to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant. They have all entered the contest for various reasons. Some of them are seasoned pageant veterans ready to strut their stuff on the runway. Others are novices new to the sequin gowns, the cases of makeup, and the whole pageant routine. However, when their plane crashes on a tropical island beauty doesn't really matter anymore.
Sadly, not everyone survives, and those who do are quickly at each other's throats. There is a toughness among these girls that make them competitive even in the harshest of surroundings. Armed with only what the Survivor reality series would identify as luxury items, the girls must make the best of their situation.
A story about survival on an uninhabited, tropical island has potential, but incorporate a fair amount of tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant humor as well as a bit of terrorist activity, and you have more than potential. BEAUTY QUEENS is a hoot!
All the things that make beauty pageants and reality TV entertaining is combined to create this wacky adventure. It involves one chuckle after another as the contestants' personalities are revealed. Each has some endearing quirk or irritating habit, and each has a back story author Libba Bray gradually reveals. She includes countless irreverent references and often politically incorrect banter many readers will find hilarious, especially those who enjoy watching beauty pageants with the sole purpose of harmlessly heckling the contestants from the comfort of their living rooms. This one is simply fun!