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Beauty Queens - Audio Library Edition (edition 2011)

by Libba Bray

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Title:Beauty Queens - Audio Library Edition
Authors:Libba Bray
Info:Scholastic Audio Books (2011), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Read - Audiobooks
Tags:young adult, audiobook, humor, satire, teen girls, beauty pageants, friendship, Libba Bray

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Teen beauty queens’ plane crash-lands on a deserted island – though it sounds like the beginnings of a bad joke, Bray takes this unlikely subject matter and masterfully creates a whole host of well-rounded teenage protagonists, in whose journeys of self-discovery and mutual salvation the reader revels. The survivors of the crash band together, both to stay alive and to continue rehearsing for the big show – and ultimately face off against The Corporation, the ominous corporate entity behind the pageant and their current stranded situation. Though the novel deals with some of the serious issues faced by teenagers today (sexism, racism, transphobia, ableism, coming out, pent-up sexual desire), the characters never feel gimmicky or preachy, making their eventual triumph over both their personal problems and their desolate situation all the sweeter. It is a delight to see so many empowered female characters, each with her own personality and struggles, in a novel geared towards teenaged girls, a demographic oft-targeted by society’s crippling standards of female roles and female beauty (Bray’s satirical take on this aspect of pop culture is uproariously funny – think a boy band song called “Let Me Shave Your Legs Tonight, Girl” or a depilatory cream called “Lady ‘Stache Off” that doubles as an explosive). Highly recommended reading ¬– especially (but not exclusively) for young women in search of unique, funny fiction that tackles some serious subjects without getting bogged down. ( )
  tierneyc | Oct 23, 2014 |
Funny, over-the-top YA tale that starts when a plane of teen beauty queens crashes on a tropical island where a shady international corporation is about to organize an arms deal with an evil dictator. Lots of fun as the author bashes the worst of capitalist, narcissistic culture. ( )
  judiparadis | Oct 1, 2014 |
I was liking this one a lot more, until I hit the end and it seemed really thrown together and didn't make much sense to me. A fun spoof of a lot of things, although it is more true than not. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
This is a funny book. Once you accept it as a tongue in cheek take on Lord of the Flies, you'll be able to enjoy and laugh. Beauty Queens tackles serious topics at times. The large cast of characters include a transsexual, lesbian, and a character with some form of mental illness. And yet it's ridiculous! In a good way. I laughed, shook my head, and just went with it to a satisfying ending. ( )
  tipsister | Aug 8, 2014 |
Too funny, ended up reading large portions to my beau. He enjoyed the commercial beaks the best i think. ( )
  CAMMD | Aug 4, 2014 |
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This book begins with a plane crash.
Tiara's hands flew to her mouth. "In health class, they told us there's an or in whore because you always have a choice to respect your body and say no. You've got one of those STPs now, don't you?"
Petra stared. "STP is a motor oil."
"Oh. My. Gosh. We didn't learn about that one. It must be really bad!" Tiara gestured solemnly to her crotch. "Protect the citadel. Protect the citadel."
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From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray comes 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 emall. 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.
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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.… (more)

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