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Giving You What You Don't Even Know You Want : Beauty Queens


Author: Libba Bray
Short Summary (no spoilers):
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?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.



In public or under the covers?
There are some sexual parts, but they are more about sexual awakening then pure sex. It's fine to read in public.
What mood?
This book will make you laugh and make you think so it depends if the humor or the social commentary wins out for you.
Main character – yay or nay?
There are many main characters, 13 girls survive and you get to see inside the heads of about 8 of them. My favorite girls were Petra West, Miss Rhode Island, Adina, Miss New Hampshire, Nicole, Miss Colorado and Mary Lou, Miss Nebraska, but there's something lovable about every beauty queen.
Getting Over Too Many Men to Name:
Once again, there are a lot of guys. My favorites are Captain Sinjin and Tane.
Character Fever:
Special shoutouts to Ladybird Hope, a crazy former Miss Team Dream hell-bent on becoming the next president, The Corporation, a character in themselves, who pop into the book to give us brief commercial breaks and to take away some of the seriousness, and Agent Jones, for hating his life as much as he does.
Crust factor:
MoMo B. ChaCha and his stuffed animal General Good Times are a little to caricature-y for me. But they are the only part. Trust me, this book is gold.
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover:
I love the cover. A badass chick in a bikini with a Beauty Queen Sash and lipstick bandolier. So much yes.
Song this reminds me of:
You guys were wondering when I was going to bring Beyonce back in, weren't you? Well have no fear, because my queen's song Run The World (Girls) fits this book perfectly. Both are all about female empowerment.

I especially like the lines "I'm so good with this/I remind you I'm so hood with this/Boy I'm just playing/Come here baby/Hope you still like me/F' you pay me". This relates to the concept in the book that women can trick men by pretending to be powerless and then unleash our awesomeness when they least expect it. Who run the world, indeed!
Recommendations:
If you love this book, or even the sound of this book, you should check out any of Miss Bray's other books. I'm in love with the Great and Terrible Beauty series. It is chock full of feminism, which is a secret like of mine.
Favorite Quote:
I thought I'd add this section because this book is so full of amazing quotes that it's been hard to pick just one.
"Sometimes I just want to go in a room and break things and scream. Like, it's so much pressure all the time and if you get upset or angry, people say, 'Are you on the rag or something?' And it's like I want to say, 'No. I'm just pissed off right now. Can't I just be pissed off? How come that's not okay for me?' Like my dad will say, 'I can't talk to you when you're hysterical.' And I'm totally not being hysterical! I'm just mad. And he's the one losing int. But then I feel embarrassed anyway. So I slap on that smile and pretend everything's okay even though it's not."
Overall Rating:


Im giving this book an Alexander Skarsgard, 4 stars, because it is just about the perfect book, I mean, it has a Miss South Carolina reference, until MoMo shows up :).

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