The Low Down: Planeload of teen girls on their way to a beauty pageant photo shoot goes down. While the girls figure out how to survive and get rescued, they discover that something’s not right in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant universe – starting with the very island on which they landed. Can girls who are used to competing work together?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: This book is ridiculously hilarious. Yes, it makes so much fun of the whole pageant scene, but also gets in a few jabs about corporate America, reality shows, advertising, and taxidermy as well. With all of its humor, it manages to sneak in some girl-power inspired moments that allow the contestants to be themselves and not someone’s ideal of what a “good girl” should be. Beware of pirates, black shirts, Elvis-loving dictators and one evil lady. And the cover – brilliant.
I’m Cranky Because: Though funny, after while, I did stop reading all of the footnotes and “extras.” I just wanted the story.
Should You?: With a wave (sparkle fingers or full-on Queen special, your choice), an interesting choice of talent and one heck of a sequined gown…YES!
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was published on May 24, 2011 by Scholastic Press.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Comedy-Drama Romance
Ages: 12 and up