Oct 02, 15
Read in August, 2011
Beauty Queens was a (slightly) fun book to read. But it was also very, VERY frustrating!
At times I just wanted to scream: "Miss Teen Dreamers, CALM YO TITS!" Geeeeez! Definitely WAY too much estrogen in the air & poor me who forgot to bring an oxygen mask along got choked up in the process.
1. The book's hilarious! The "footnotes" were an absolute delight to read.
2. Tons of pop culture reference.
3. MoMo. Yes, I know he's the villain, the bad guy. And I hate him BUT he was just so over-the-top and absolutely ridiculous that I can't help but laugh at every single scene he's in! I'm cracking up just thinking about it right now.
4. I don't judge a book by it's cover. I judge a book by it's synopsis but you have to admit, the cover for Beauty Queens is pretty spiffy! I love how there are lipsticks in place of the ammunitions. Nice touch! =)
1. All those darn plot holes. I mean sure, these "plot holes" shouldn't even matter because that's not the whole point of the book but still!
2. I felt very disconnected to the characters. I just couldn't get myself to care or sympathize with them no matter how hard I try. I mean some were likeable but I just didn't really care that much, you know? I did really liked Tiara (Miss Mississippi) though. Sure, she's not the sharpest tool on the shed but she's kind & endearing. And I also really liked Taylor (Miss Texas) as well. She's crazy-obsessed with the pageant BUT she got the girls together & if it weren't for her, the girls would have been in far worse conditions.
3. The stereotyping. Yes, yes I know the "stereotypes" in the book were there to prove a point but it was so overdone & exaggerated that in a way, it has lost it's essence.
4. I didn't care much for the "commercial breaks". I felt like they were just in there to somehow "fill" the book.
5. The satire. I appreciate the fact that Libba Bray wanted the readers to realize just how ridiculous the media truly is & that we often fall victims to it's "ideal whatever" and all & and her shedding light to this issue is absolutely GREAT! But just like I've said in my previous entry with regards to the stereotyping of the characters, the satire in this book almost fell flat because it was so overdone to a point that it's intent of correcting, or changing the subject of it's satiric attack becomes lost & muddled along the way. The point is still somewhat there; the impact is just not as strong.
Now, for what REALLY bothered me about this book:
6. At times, it felt like someone (some smart a** with their "superior" thinking to be exact) was shoving down their OWN "ideals" & "notions" down my throat. It almost felt like I NEEDED to AGREE with these "ideals" & "notions" because If I didn't, then I am a perfect example of someone who has been brainwashed by the media and by society itself. I didn't even get the chance to think about any of it myself & make my own opinions on the matter because clearly, YOU'RE right & I'm wrong. *facepalm*
Me don't likey. Me don't likey at all. =(
All in all, Beauty Queens was an interesting read but it could have been better in my honest opinion. Funny, oh yeah definitely. Would I recommended it? Sure, only to see what you take away from it.