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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
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Apr 02, 2011

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Yes; I got my hands on an ARC, so lucky me! Cross Survivor with Lost and substitute beauty pageant contestants for Kate, Jack and Sawyer, and you’ve got the premise for this at-times laugh-out-loud book. Bray’s irreverence and wickedly sharp (tongued) sense of humor sparkle throughout this novel, which she’s also spiced up with over-the-top diversions (strategically-placed commercial spots, contestant interviews and applications, to name just a few). All these devices do get a little wearing after awhile and some of the humor feels forced (like, enough already), but this is still a fun read. And not all is sweetness and light; Bray also manages to tackle lesbian and transgender issues. Oh, and there’s a body count. A fast and entertaining read.

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