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That is what happens here. I know there is a sort of power in the way they are lost, with Taylor as the jungle queen, and Adina refusing to sell her soul for emotional affirmation from men. There were a couple of points where, if I had put the book down for a little while, I would come back to it and forget who Miss New Mexico or Ohio were.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

They were no longer waiting for some arbitrary grade. No one wants to read about ugly people falling in love. I don’t fault Libba Bray for wanting to make this book funny, because Beauty Beaity would have bombed royally had it taken itself too seriously. Even if that is the case with some teenage girls, I fail to see how shoving a message down their collective throats–be it negative or positive–is the way to go about building up self esteem, or fixing identity issues.

Preheat oven to degrees. Some of them make it, some of them don’t, but this novel is about the ones that do. I felt as though I was watching one of those really bad read: And Shanti and Nicole felt a little funny to me in that way, too.

Hilarious, empowering, honest, and highly recommended.

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Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray 2 17 Jun 18, View all 16 comments. Bray makes a lot of really great points through a story that could easily be dismissed on the surface especially with a bikini model on the cover and a title like Beauty Queens – don’t judge a book by its cover! Oh, I also really appreciated just how bizarre and quirky this was.


What made the backbone of this novel was the way they interacted with each other to survive and while I wouldn’t say the changes within them were necessarily deep, detailed or profound, they were noteworthy and showcased a clear growth from where they were in the beginning of the novel. The footnotes, commercial breaks, and fun facts questionnaires are all produced with hysterical sound effects and music, and Ms.

My favorite word is “redemption.

Taylor stood in a perfect three-quarters stance, arms hanging easily at her sides. Fine, but this is a national pageant. Anyway, because of Bray’s lack of control every character has been reduced to a cardboard cut-out of a stereotype. But I try to base my reviewing style off the advice of Lester Bangs, which is that “you have to make your reputation on being honest They were fun for the first few chapters, then they became an irritation.

It almost seemed like the boy band pirate reality-TV section was unnecessary and bloated the book. Almost every other page contained a joke or wisecrack that made me smile, like when one contestant states the importance of aiding non-Americans after being asked her favorite color. It’s a huge satire about beauty pageant culture, the way society looks at females, and how ridiculous Big Business is about profits and covering up product flaws because of profit.

Shanti, who first alienates Nicole for taking her spot as the token minority in the cast, realizes that the two have so much in common—including a shared weariness of the racism and exoticism of the media. A few things that troubled me, though.

I read this a few years ago and usually I don’t remember much about a book after that long unless it was a particularly good read. It wasn’t what I expected but that was definitely a good thing! The sort of scene that makes you wonder how stupid Hollywood thinks women are. And it has shown me that I am a frog. Frost cupcakes then sprinkle with way too many unnecessary footnotes.

Even in more aware portrayals, sex is often smothered in flowery metaphor or glossed over. In the beginning, it was a little difficult to get to know the characters. They aren’t unless they aspire to be in the Playboy Mansion or be famous like the Kardashian trash which is more than sad. Or the entire length of the movie Mama Mia? Does this book have any deaf or hard of hearing characters?


The long and short of what this book is about is this: She’s probably the only reason anyone should read this book. See what I mean?

View all 13 comments. A gang of fantastic ladies kicking butt and becoming family in the process, realizing their potential beyond what their old world has to offer. The audiobook is narrated by Libba Queenss herself and it is just fabulous.

Beauty Queens

Mar 02, Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh, and let me just add that this book did a great job of demonstrating a wide range of diverse characters in a positive light, while also blatantly making jokes of racial and sexual stereotypes. I know that from the quotes, the book seems very lighthearted and silly, don’t let that fool you, because this book deals with a lot of serious issues, albeit in a very offhanded manner.

Last year, I took down my first buck, which I cleaned, filleted, and vacuum sealed, and with my taxidermy skills, I stuffed the head and used the antlers as a supercute jewelry tree, which I plan to market for the Armchair Shopping Network in the spring. Nray one is who you think they are—in fact, the crux of the story is really just an interesting twist on the way girls are usually portrayed in the media.

Real review to be posted after the weekend. Instead of doing anything worthwhile with it, Bray took that idea and made it into a Very Special Episode of The Facts of Life, except way more condescending and a ba-zillion times more preachier–it’s not like the main message Bray is yb her audience with is new.

She kept her promise. If you find yourself hating certain characters, they were probably written that way for a reason. They just took action.