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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
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Nov 16, 2015

it was ok
bookshelves: dnf, reviewed, 2011

I'm working on this thing where I learn to let go of books that just aren't working for me instead of adding them to my "to be continued" pile where I promise to finish them one day and look at the shelf with guilt in my eyes from time to time. Some books belong there. Some books I'm just not in the mood for right now. Some books though, are just never going to work for me. This is one of those books. I'm not giving it a rating because I don't think the book is bad. Quite the opposite. I LOVE the messages Libba is sending here. I love that she has chosen to approach all of these subjects. It's the execution that just doesn't work for me. I would have preferred if these issues were explored without so much camp. I can't keep track of who any of these characters are, and they are all clearly there to represent certain issues, but with the way the book is written it is hard to care for them beyond the issue they are representing. Characters are really important to me so this is the main reason the story just isn't working for me. I also think it's a bit preachy sometimes, with the way it approaches the issues, which detracts from the statements Libba was trying to make here.

Just not for me but I still think the issues presented here are important. So I'd say this book is worth at least a try to see if you like it. I gave it a shot with just over 100 pages read but decided to give up.
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01/15/2012 page 26
7.0% ""It's a symbol. It shows that you've made a pledge to bring your purity into the marriage. It's the ultimate gift to your husband." "Really? Like you can't just give him a gift card to GameStop or something?" A+"
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Ms. Library I really loved the camp and the way she didn't take it so seriously. I thought that if it had been, I wouldn't have liked it as much, and it would have felt more like the Jungle or Ayn Rand-except for espousing the ideas I liked. I also thought that it got quite a bit better as it went on, and although the end was cheesy, I think there were really quite a few things that the book did really, really well.
I love that books hit people different ways, but I will say that by the end of the book I definitely cared about the characters and remembered them. I might give it another shot later, because there are some fun things in later chapters.

Steph Yeah, I think it's just a preference thing. I need very strong character development in my books. That's pretty much all that matters to me. I'm guessing that she gets to it by the end but I just don't like the style either, ya know? So it kind of struck out in several areas for me. But yeah, everyone reads differently of course. Like, I'm thinking you're going to have a problem with Hallowed because it doesn't move the plot forward a lot and I know you hate that, but I loved it because it was so character heavy. I just sent you a message on Tumblr about it actually.

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