Beauty Queens


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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?

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.


This is another of the books that I planned to read on my 6 week summer break from work. I’d heard a lot about it from many other book bloggers. I started Beauty Queens expecting it to be completely over the top and stupid… which it is. The plot may be completely OTT but it’s done in a fun way. Beauty Queens is easy and fun to read. I’m not sure if I’d re-read it myself, but I’m certainly glad I did read it.

Beauty Queens is a funny read, because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s satire, poking fun at the American culture and the media. I like the inclusion of footnotes. They were fun to read.

I thought the characters were interesting, but there wasn’t enough about them to really feel a connection with them. I think it’s because there were so many of them. I did think Adina was a strong character and she is the one that stands out the most for me.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the commercial breaks. They were fun at first, but then it seemed like they were put in the book to pad it out a little.

I did like that it was an all girl adventure. I expected them to be typical pageant personalities, but the longer they stayed on the island the more they left that behind. They had a ‘journey’. (Urgh, I hate that cheesy!) They fell in love, discovered their flaws which they learned to accept and to accept others. They also learned not to care what other people thought of them. They learned to be themselves, not what society wanted to be. This of course, is a very important message.

Overall, I did enjoy this fluffy piece of feminism. It was nice to read a story of girls having adventures, accepting and becoming who they are without the judgment of authoritative figures.
Would I recommend it?

Reading next:
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky- Simon Mawer

6 thoughts on “Beauty Queens

  1. This does sound fun and I’ve been wanting to give it a go for a while now. Glad you enjoyed it, although some of it does seem rather annoying.

    Great review, Chrissi!

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