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  • Published: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 396 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 690

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780439895972
  • 0439895979


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Beauty queens

by Bray, Libba.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

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Sly Yet Telling Simple Truths

Within 10 pages I fell in love with this book. I didn't put it down except when absolutely necessary. It is sly and subversive. It is full of satirical social commentary, and yet it has true heart and characters that become naturally more rounded (and often more strange) the more the reader gets to know them - and the more these characters get to know themselves.

It is wonderfully, diversely feminist - the main characters gradually shed their pagent contestant shells or embrace what is not constructed about their "Miss Teen Dream" personas. The story is hilarious, smart, wacky, and thoughtful and blunt - a mix like the marooned Beauty Queens themselves. I found it throughly satisfying. (The funny "LOST" references didn't hurt, either.)

So yes - think "Lost" meets "America's Next Top Model" and the Miss America pagent and add in a dystopian "Corporation" that dominates the media (and has its fingers in a few other pies as well), and if that potential grabs you at all, give this one a shot. Just don't give it a shot with a can of hairspray and a flare gun. Enjoy!

So Much Fun

Gilligan's Island has nothing on this group of girls! Great inclusion of a realistic and enjoyable trans* character too.

kind of bad

very confusing

I don't get it

I'm not a young adult, so maybe I never should have picked this up, but I heard it was funny and YA novels are sometimes enjoyable. I couldn't even bring myself to continue reading this one. It's ridiculous.

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