Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beauty Queens Review

390 pages
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. 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? 

I liked and disliked this book at the same time. What I really liked about this book was that I could sense an underlying message about not judging a book by its cover coming from the author. Most beauty pageant contestants are not thought of as being extremely intelligent and usually are judged based on their looks. In this novel we saw different sides and intelligence beneath the surface of the beauty pageant contestants. However, I felt like there were a lot of stereotypes in this book and that while the characters were intelligent they were still superficial. I appreciate that the author was trying to get a message across but I felt like that message overpowered the plot of the book making it difficult to enjoy at points. I think that there are people that will enjoy this book because there are funny moments that make it worth reading. I would recommend this as a beach read because it is more of a book to pass the time than a serious read.


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