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Beauty Queen

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  103 reviews
I felt the prick of the needle, but only for a second, because this great rush of warmth quickly followed, encompassing my whole body from my toes right up to the top hair on my head. I couldn't move for a minute as she guided the needle in and out of my vein. When she was done, I felt like I had entered heaven. I looked in the mirror and felt beautiful and confident. I fe ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 9th 1998 by HarperTeen (first published September 18th 1998)
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a very hard book to rate because I am on the fence about it. I liked the story, but I absolutlet hated every single character except for the 2 cats, Dinah & Sylvester. I know that is very strange, but every character in this book pissed me off with their crap excuses. The main character was dumber than a box of rocks, her best friend was in denial, her mother was a drunk who had taken up with a perv, her boss ignored the bad stuff going on, her boyfriend was a POS, and the one person ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
A teenage stripper happens to come across another stripper shooting up heroin and decides pretty much right there on the spot to try it. Instantly, she’s hooked, can’t live without it. This “magical potion” changed her life! This teenage girl grew up with an alcoholic mom and she makes it sound as if she does not want to go down that road, so instead alcohol she chooses an even lower way of life and shoots up heroin. Nobody around her seems to mind her habit, maybe with the exception of her best ...more
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gritty, thin-reads
For a decade, students in my Junior English classes have come upon this slim volume and really enjoyed it. Make that LOVED it. Like A Child Called "It", this is a book that reluctant-reading teens can get through and feel the same rhapsody that adult readers find in literature. Because of this, I appreciate what the book can do; it can kick-start a reader.

The story is simple enough, which is its appeal for its audience. It seems to be Sam's diary. She is a nineteen year old girl who is transpare
Eva Leger
Dec 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, absolutely NO ONE..
This is just plain terrible. I'm not sure how old this author was when this was written but I have no doubt that the average 12-year-old could have written a better book.
Not only does Glovach give a step-by-step how-to on how to cook and inject heroin, the diary entries are horrible. Childish when the character is supposed to be 19-years-old, written poorly overall, etc.
The back states the following, " Writing the book, I saw my old dope dealer and bought $1,500 worth of pure heroin-Brown Gold
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a serious issue with this book for several reasons, but perhaps I just shouldn't read books about teen strippers, people with no spine, hard core drug/heroine addicts, and people who don't do enough to solve serious life problems.

Sam is a 19 year-old MC who has so many dysfunctional relationships: a drunken alcoholic mom, a step-dad who is obviously a creepy pervert, an absent biological father, and so she insinuates herself into a life of stripping and a "beautiful" relationship with hero
Dec 17, 2009 added it
Beauty Queen, Beauty Queen, Beauty Queen, my goodness was this an amazing book. I couldn't put it down the second I started reading the first page! I liked how the book was written in a diary format, it was edgy, realistic, and heart warming. I felt that Sam was my dear friend and reading her tragic herion abuse my heart went out to her. She had such a kind, gentle soul and alls she wanted in life was a nice home her and her beloved cat could share. One thing leads to another and next thing you ...more
Jessica Facchini
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's hard to fully grasp--and write, for that matter-- books written in diary form. Beauty Queen, however, surpasses the norm. The reader is overwhelmed with the rawness of the storyline like it was written like a normal novel. When Sam's heroin addiction gets worse and worse, the reader sees it even when Sam doesn't. Sam is stubborn yet optimistic, lovelorn, and absolutely obsessed with heroin. After she is introduced to it, she needs it to do everything. Dates, work, dinner, everything. It's l ...more
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Reading Beauty Queen was scary and deep. It was painful to read but I finished it in a sitting. I was still thinking about it over the next few days. Some say that this book should be banned or shouldn't have been published, but I think Linda Glovach put her own experience with drugs into a story so she can show people what drugs can do to you. Even though Beauty Queen was short (and disturbing), Glovach's powerful story will make sure that you will never consider doing drugs. Give this story a ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abuse, books-i-own
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Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, wishlist
This is probably the best book I've ever read.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this book when I was in like 7th grade. I shouldn't have, since this book was so in depth when it came to drugs and exotic dancing but it made me really afraid to ever do drugs, and I think I kept that mentality since I still haven't. The good thing about this book is that it may be dated, but it feels real, it gives the feeling of someone who is hurting, someone who is truly going through this when they are writing it. This book may be tragic and kind of scary if you are young, but it is ...more
Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible. I've been trying to find more drug-related books for the students who like Tweak and Crank, and gave this one a try. What a mess! First of all, it's extremely dated - almost every "diary entry" contains a reference to a late 80s/early 90s song/actress/movie/etc. Most of which would go right over the heads of YA readers today since it's not anything that has stood the test of time. The writing is terrible, and the plot is just really hard to buy in to. I won't be putting th ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book Beauty Queen but I would like to state in my opinion no book about how drugs ruin young peoples lives have ever matched Ellen Hopkins' at least non that I have read so far. The story was touching and I felt myself feeling Sam's pain andsorrows right along with her. In conclusion i'd like to say I recommend this book to whomever. The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 at certain points I didn't uite understand what was going on.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I didn't care for this book. The idea and description of it are what intrigued me, but as I read farther I realized it was all very childish. The main character is struggling through very serious matters, but she writes about them as though they are nothing. Almost like a child would do. She was too immature and unrealistic. I can not imagine anyone dealing with things the way she did. It failed to keep me interested. In the end I just didn't care what happened.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I really felt like i was her. She "loved" a guy people had told she shouldn't have been with but she didn't listen. she died because of love and heroin
Zooey Glass
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of the most ridicoulus, shallow, stupid book I've ever read.
I can't believe someone published this trash.
It's like a very, very trashy, soap opera; no character is developted, you can't possibly care less about the leading "queen" (cause nobody that stupid could ever exist).
It's harrowing that a dramatic topic like heroin it's treated with such foolishness.
I could recommend this only as a demonstration that LITERALLY ANYTHING can be published, so it's probably useful to any struggling youn
Tammy Downing
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways. A compelling story about a young woman who leaves her alcoholic mother's house to become independent. She starts working as an exotic dancer and discovers the lure of heroin.
Servabo Fidem
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as dark of a book as I had hoped it would be. It didn't do much for me emotionally. I find Go Ask Alice had a bigger impact on me.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another book I read in high school that even furthered my disgust and over the top resistance to heroin. I think books like this should be available for teens, it's a little smack in the face reality of the "hey kids don't do drugs" slogan.

Written like a diary by a 19 year old girl, Samantha, she learns very quickly that things don't come easy in the real world. She wanted to be loved and she found it in heroin. It's a sad story but it's reality.
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first books I ever read for pleasure, while in High School. I absolutly fell in love with it. I bonded with the character and therefor, found a new passion for reading, that i hadn't had before. This book is the reason I read, in my spare time, to this very day. The book is about a girl, who starts stripping to pay the rent, after moving out on her own from her mother's house. It is written in diary format, which really helped me get into the very feel of emotions she went thr ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outside-reading
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Karla Chavarria
Mar 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People looking for an easy-going book.
Recommended to Karla by: Lilian Navarro
This book is written for people who like to read about the complicated life styles of a human beings who struggle throughout their life times.
I gave this book one star. It was awful.
Through out this book, I thought Angelo was going to turn out to be the bad guy. I had my suspicions, but he turned out to be the father figure that Sam never had. And now that she had one, she didn't appreciate him and his wise words enough unless they were about drugs. I also thought it was pointless for Sam's moth
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when I was in high school. I have remembered it since then for the last 5-6 years. At the time I never thought I would be able to relate to the characters drug use but somehow in the last few years I was also doing heroin 24/7. So now that I am recovering from that I wanted to read this book again and see how it felt.
Both times I have read it, once being very anti drug and then years later having lived with heroin addiction it still had a very powerful affect on me. I wou
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2012
So... I really don't feel like it's necessary to review this book. Beauty Queen is nothing new if you have already read anything by Ellen Hopkins, Go Ask Alice, or Tweak, etc. I really didn't want to waste my time with finishing it, but Beauty Queen does only have 168, not bad, I read almost the entire book this morning. The one interesting thing I did find was the Linda Glovach (the author) actually took heroin while writing the book. I guess thats a good way to get the story to be acurate, but ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: written-by-women
Amateurish writing, extremely loose "plot", shallow and unbelievably stupid characters. This book was a massive disappointment.

I never felt like there was ever any real danger for Sam, and her addiction is depicted in an almost nonexistent way? I don't want to downplay the horrors of heroin/addiction, but her struggles seem very shallow as well, ever though she does drugs on nearly every page. I never felt like her life truly deteriorated past her dependence on heroin. Maybe this isn't coming a
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This YA cautionary tale of drug use/abuse misses the mark. The tale, told in diary format, focuses on Sam - a 19 year old from a troubled home (absent father, alcoholic mother). What kept the story from feeling in any manner genuine was the fact that Sam's voice was in no way authentic. What 19 year old girl uses terms like: "floundering", baby-faced ex-con", or "long, shapely legs?" I've yet to encounter a teenager who expresses herslf this way. This was so distracting that it was impossible to ...more
Jane Chemi
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book years ago in middle school. at the time I loved it and thought it was one of the best books I had ever read. It has a good message and a lot of potential but it just doesn't feel complete. It seems a little flat at some parts, the characters are not balanced and truthfully it's hard to feel bad for the main character towards the end because she becomes absolutely obnoxious. I also found it a little strange that the author admitted to shooting up so much heroin to write this book ...more
Katrina Knittle
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
These are books I hate to rate or review. When they deal with something that anyone can go through. When I first read the summary on the back at the library I could not wait to read the book. It had me hooked. This is a book you can read and get through in one sitting. It grabs your attention and makes you feel for the characters. I will admit at times some of the characters can grate your nerves. The book is written in a sort of dairy format. Decent read if you have spare time. May not be the b ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am not sure why my poor high schooler was forced to read this book because it was pretty horrid. Not only does it graphically describe how to take heroin but it divulges into the world of "exotic dancing". On the back of the book, the author states that in writing this book she "bought $1,500 worth of pure heroin-Brown Gold-and started shooting up ten times a day to get the feel of the book." As my student (and his father states) some people are just "stupid". :)
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