Beauty Queens. Finished 3-28-19, 3.5/5 stars, YA, pub. 2011
Unabridged audio read by the author. 14 hours 30 minutes.
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 e-mail. 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. from Goodreads
This was on my Goodreads Cleanup list and even though no one said they loved it I stil thought it looked like fun and the library had the audio. The audio is the way to go with this one. Author Libba Bray read it and she was so good. I mean like really good. Thanks to her I laughed out loud throughout the book. Each of the girls had their own voice and the “Sarah Palin” character (that’s not her name and it doesn’t mention her, but some of the scenes are recognizable) earns much respect for Bray.
Beauty queens stuck on an abandoned island could have been fun but add it reality show pirates and evil dictators trying to take over the world and you’ve got a story. The book was too long, but the funny parts made up for it. Did your state make it? I’m proud to say that Miss Ohio made it to the end, but not too many did.
5 thoughts on “Beauty Queens by Libba Bray”
I had this in print but think I got rid of it. It sounds like it could be fun for the beach.
I don’t even know if I’d bother with print. I need to see if Bray narrates all of her books because I would listen.
I will have to try this on audio. I had it in print when it first came out (love this author) and put it down.
The first 2 or 3 cds I was laughing out loud a lot. It did go on too long, but if you like the author you should give the audio a try.