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Sharp satire mixes girl-power themes with violence, sex. Read Common Sense Media's Beauty Queens review, age rating, and parents guide. As far as great books go, Beauty Queens is right up there with some of the most poignant, masterfully crafted YA lit I've read in my tiny lifetime. Beauty Queens (by Libba Bray) is the story of what happens when plane crash survivors/teen beauty pageant contestants must fend for themselves on a.
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Beauty Queens. Sharp satire mixes girl-power themes with violence, sex. Libba Bray Adventure Rate book. Read or download. Based on 1 review. Based on 5 reviews.
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Adult Written by Teenbrarian August 25, Report this review. Teen, 13 years old Written by LuckyDoodle November 17, Not for immature teens or children I thought that the book had an amazing and inspiring message, with for the most part strong female leaders. I recommend this book to most teens that enjoy thril Continue reading. It explores mature topics but is a great book with positive message What's the story? Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Book details Author: Libba Bray Genre: Adventure Book type: Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication date: May 24, Publisher's recommended age s: For kids who love great girl characters.
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Our editors recommend. Sisterhood Everlasting. New book in popular Traveling Pants series targets adults. The Corporation starts us out by talking to readers directly, telling us not to be afraid.
Yeah, okay. Then it describes a plane crashing. On board are teen beauty queen contestants from all 50 states.
Soon a girl with a Texan twang calls for all the survivors' attention. She is Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins, and she is extremely bossy and even more perky. Which is worse? You'll just have to wait and see. Taylor wants everyone to practice their pageant routines, while Adina protests that they should be focusing on survival—you know, trivial things like finding water and shelter.
They decide to elect a group leader, but unfortunately, Adina brags too much in her campaign speech very unladylike and Taylor wins by a landslide. The girls go to sleep by a campfire, with Adina taking first watch.
She sees lights flickering in the distance. Turns out those lights are coming from a corporation inside a volcano. Yeah, you read that right. The scene switches to a man named Agent Jones video-chatting with his boss about the girls on the island.
The boss says that nothing can interfere with Operation Peacock, and the official word should be that the plane crash had no survivors. The plot thickens. The next morning, the girls are in pageant prep mode. At least, until a monsoon starts and waves chase the girls back into the island. As they run, they scatter into three groups. Jennifer runs deep into the jungle. She encounters a new beauty queen carrying a spear. After they both almost get killed by a giant snake, Jennifer learns that the girl's name is Sosie, and she's Miss Illinois.
Sosie leads Jennifer to a ruined temple where she's found military rations, plus several jars of Lady 'Stache Off, a hair removing product. Good combo? Meanwhile, Petra, Nicole, Shanti, and Tiara are walking back to the beach, and Tiara eats a star-shaped fruit.
She seems okay, so they all eat the fruit. Uh-oh: turns out it's hallucinogenic. They each go into weird dream-states that show their insecurities: Shanti about not being in control or likeable, Nicole about becoming nothing more than what her mother and society want her to be, and Petra about becoming her true self. It's pretty existential. Back to Agent Jones. He's dealing with a dumb intern named Harris, the son of the company's former CEO.
They go into a meeting, and Agent Jones describes Operation Peacock. The gist is that The Corporation wants to set up shop on the island of a crazy dictator, MoMo ChaCha, and he's cool with it but wants explosives in exchange. There's a ban on trading with him, so the operation is covert um, like a peacock? The Corporation has hidden explosives inside jars of one of Lady 'Stache Off.
Everyone eventually makes it back to the beach, and the Teen Dreams have a meeting. They decide this time to focus on survival ya think? But to make it less dull, they'll treat finding ways to survive as a pageant category. The teen dreams create fishing lines, find fish-cooking methods, and build huts.
They also all construct weapons using beauty products. And they do it all with those prize-winning, pearly-white smiles. The whole group except Taylor, who keeps practicing has a campfire where they talk about what they miss and don't miss about their former lives.
They decide that instead of a beauty pageant, they'd love to hold a Girl Con where they could lead workshops on things they're good at but have makeovers too—can't go too far astray. Taylor admonishes them for giving up on Miss Teen Dream, but they say that after all they've built, they're beyond beauty pageants. They're turning out to be beyond other things they took for granted, too.
Mary Lou loses her purity ring, which is supposedly her protection against the curse of being a "wild woman. With it off, she runs naked through the jungle and encounters a boy name Tane, who claims to be a student studying the science of birds on the island. She kisses him, because that's the natural response to bird students. The next day, Tane tells her the truth: his people are actually from the island. A company called The Corporation kicked his people off the island and now he's trying to find The Corporation and spy on it.
Nicole heads out into the jungle and finds the ruins and temple. Shanti, who has followed her, accuses her of trying to get ahead.
When Nicole asks why Shanti doesn't like her, Shanti admits it's because she sees Nicole as competition.
Um, aren't they all competition in this pageant thing? But specifically, Shanti thinks the judges will only allow one non-white contestant into the top five. Getting too real? Well, that's when she starts to sink into quicksand. As she calls for Nicole to help her, her voice changes from a British-inflected Indian accent to straight-up Valley Girl.
Shanti admits that she pretended to be more like the judges' dream version of an immigrant to be more likeable social commentary alert! Nicole tries to help her but gets pulled in, too.
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But after that much racial awareness, the two main characters of color—and more social commentary—can't be killed off, so eventually the girls find a root and pull themselves out. When they return to camp, Jennifer has fixed the radio. The contestants listen to an interview with The Corporation CEO Ladybird Hope, who says that they've called off the search, presuming the girls dead.The girls practice their "pageant" while Adina goes into the jungle to ask Taylor for help, but Taylor doesn't seem to be coherent enough.
Plot I simultaneously loved and hated the plot. See, when that happens I tend to lose interest in what you have to say--even if I happen to agree with you--because you clearly think you're superior, that I'm not intelligent enough to come to the right read: your conclusion. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Print.
I don't fault Libba Bray for wanting to make this book funny, because Beauty Queens would have bombed royally had it taken itself too seriously. This is kind of overlapping with plot, but I loved the fact that each character had their own issue and they all worked together to help each other overcome their issues. This is all well and good, but the girls seem to undergo an inauthentic sea-change in personality after building a few huts and sewing sparkly banners to attract help.
At times it was so overdone it only inspired sighs of frustration, eye-rolling and thoughts of, "that would have been funny if" or "that could have been more powerful if" from me.
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