Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (review by Sana A. ’17)

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens begins with fifty beauty pageant contestants on a plane to The Miss Teen Dream Pageant, which is hosted by The Corporation. When the plane crashes, hilarity ensues. Bray’s wit and sarcasm is on every page. The characters may, at first, seem like perfect representations of their stereotype; but upon closer look, they are anything but. As they scramble to survive, the girls grow close and realize that The Corporation — and its numerous products and television shows — has only been damaging society’s view of women. Adding pirates, hilarious commercial breaks, a view of what is happening at the secret Corporation base, and insight into many of the girls’ backstories, Bray has created a tightly interwoven novel that expertly combines humor, action, romance, and a little bit of feminism. This fun and light female-oriented read will make one snicker and sigh as they are swept away with a group of beauty queens. – Sana A. ‘17

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