Wednesday, June 1, 2011
"Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray
What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
First let me start by saying this, I am in love with Libba Bray's sense of humor and sarcasm. I knew this book and I were going to get along when it started off with a public service announcement type letter to the reader. Don't be fooled by the excessive make-up and perfect pageant waves, these beauty queens are quite resourceful. This book was funny and sarcastic, but there were also a whole heap of serious issues going on within and between these girls. Maybe a few too many issues crammed onto one island, but then again I breezed through this book and really enjoyed myself, so I guess those issues weren't too distracting. Some of the character names in this book were priceles, MoMo B. ChaCha, come on now!! And I'm pretty sure my absolute favorite character was the pirate SinJin St. SinJin. So Good! There are the obvious comparisons that can be made to 'Lost' and 'Lord of the Flies', and while those comparisons aren't completely wrong, I'd say this book really stands on its own. Personally, I don't ever remember laughing out loud like this while reading 'Lord of the Flies' or watching 'Lost'. Two thumbs up in my book :0) Highly Recommended!