Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
 

About Libba Bray

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Libba Bray is the author of the 2010 Printz Award winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 405 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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(“From Ladybird Hope’s I’m Perfect and You Can Be Too, Chapter Three: ‘A lady’s quick thinking can save a bad situation.’ She was talking about putting nail polish on a runner in your hose, but I think the same rule applies here.”) Unfortunately, their sponsor decides there is better press in ave...

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The New York Times

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Beauty pageant contestants crash on an island, and defy expectations.

May 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

Examiner

I read Libba Bray's popular trilogy of books - A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing - about a group of magical girls attending a boarding school in Victorian England.

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

Examiner

“Lord of the Flies” meets “Girls Gone Wild” in this satirical coming of age novel, "Beauty Queens", tackling what would happen if a plane full of Miss Teen Dream Pageant contestants went down on a desert island.

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Los Angeles Times

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When teen beauty pageant contestants crash-land on an island, mayhem and fashion sense collide in this brainy young-adult novel.

May 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

Pajiba

By the time the pirate guys crash on the island (just enough for one boy per girl!) you’re groaning, when one of said pirates films himself having sex with one of the girls you want to throw the book at the wall.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Teen Reads

Alternating between tons of character perspectives, BEAUTY QUEENS remains organized and tight as it moves through the weeks the girls spend on the island.

May 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

Common Sense Media

But while nearly every aspect of the book is exaggerated for humor, the core characters and the lessons they learn about embracing themselves and one another (sometimes literally...) are valuable, especially for teen girls who might feel as boxed in by society's expectations for how they look and...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: American culture may enjoy a little Schadenfreude about beauty pageant contestants--Drop Dead Gorgeous anyone?--but Beauty Queen is a bit much: a plane full of teen queens has crash-landed on a desert island in a scenario reminiscent of Lord of the Flies.

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But while nearly every aspect of the book is exaggerated for humor, the core characters and the lessons they learn about embracing themselves and one another (sometimes literally...) are valuable, especially for teen girls who might feel as boxed in by society's expectations for how they look and...

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The Young Folks

I first heard about Beauty Queens at book signing a couple months ago.

Jun 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

HSJ

Immediately, the girls, like all girls, are terrified and fighting each other, because who else can they?

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Lambda Literary

This is a book for those who love beauty pageants, those who hate them, anyone who’s ever felt pressured to be beautiful, and those who think Lord of the Flies isn’t what would really happen if a bunch of people were stranded together on an island.

Nov 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

WAPL Teens

Don't judge Beauty Queens by it's cover (even though the cover is kind of awesome), this book is more that just looks: it's smart, funny and just like the Miss Teen Dream contestants, very layered.

Jun 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Beauty Queens

Teen Voices

From the very first page of the book, we are invited into Bray’s hilarious world, where plane crashes and death come in a distant second to torn designer threads.

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