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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
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Aug 14, 11

bookshelves: high-school-fiction

Libba Bray has a rollicking good time lampooning beauty pageants and reality TV in her latest YA novel. A handful of teen beauty pageant contestants survive a plane crash on a (deserted?) island. Most of them have known only how to be beautiful and win contests, so they quickly have to learn some real-life skills. Bray's message that our culture values beauty too much and girls shouldn't be vacuous little Barbies (tm) comes across loud and almost achingly clear. She's ramped up the fun on this one by including commercial interruptions and a boat load of hunky reality TV pirates. Throw in a crazy dictator and an overly ambitious Sarah Palin-like ex-beauty queen and be prepared for a silly romp with a serious message. I listened to this, and have a brand new appreciation for Bray who reads the book, complete with different voices for all the characters (including a dead-on Palin imitation). Due to a sexual scene, this is probably best for high schoolers.
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