Beauty Queens is a wonderful story about how the Liberal Agenda triumphs over Crass Commercialism Ideals. It's about Woman Power and Being Yourself, nBeauty Queens is a wonderful story about how the Liberal Agenda triumphs over Crass Commercialism Ideals. It's about Woman Power and Being Yourself, no matter who thinks you should be someone else. It's about not falling into the self-hate trap that the media so desperately wants to sell young women. It is a book that every young woman should read.
And then promptly read just about any newspaper, eat a bag of sodium, and realize that all of the ideals Bray is spooning into you, the real world is trying to rip away from you.
Books like this is at once a refreshing change and a frustrating slap in the face. It's refreshing to read something that says "it's okay to be you, for whatever value of you it is." But at the same time, it's frustrating to have all of these ideals pitted so obviously against "the opposition." Not all conservatives are hypocritical. Not all corporations are evil. And while we're doing our best to allow our girls to be all they can be, lets not make men into The Bad Guy, okay?
This book was wittily and wonderfully written. The themes were deep but covered with enough humor that it tasted good going down. The characters, who I didn't want to like, made me love them, even for their shallow, not-as-clever-as-me flaws. All in all, I think it's a wonderful, powerful book.
It just makes me want to read something that's pro-conservative now, in an effort to not be a hypocrite....more
This is the second Levithan book that I've read, and I have to say I really enjoy his writing. Before stumbling across him, the only GLBT fiction thatThis is the second Levithan book that I've read, and I have to say I really enjoy his writing. Before stumbling across him, the only GLBT fiction that I had read was Melusine, and, while that book is beautiful, it takes itself very seriously. Levithan's approach to the subject, while presenting some very serious ideas, also shows the absurd, and I think that's one of the reasons I love it.
One of the most important things that this (and Boy Meets Boy) never fails to forget is that the characters are kids. Kids on the verge of adulthood, just discovering and trying to figure out what life is and how they want to be. The characters are complex, and messy, real. They all have faults. They all have their own points of view. They're all simply trying to Figure Stuff Out.
The book made me laugh so hard I was crying. It made me choke up and want to hug the characters and tell them that things would be okay. I wanted to tell the parents that I thought they were awesome. Basically, Green and Levithan made me care. It was, I felt, a heart-warming, fun ride that I won't soon forget. And Tiny? I appreciate you....more