“The world expected girls to pluck and primp and put on heels. Meanwhile, boys dressed in rumpled t-shirts and baggy pants and misplace their combs, and yet you were suppose to fall at their feet? Unacceptable.”
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Summary: A plane containing contestants for a teen beauty pageant crashes on a deserted island. The surviving girls must battle against the wilderness and try to stay alive long enough for a rescue.
Review: Man, Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors for a reason. This was such a smart satire and social commentary. I liked how she included footnotes, commercials and coverage from talk shows of the girls’ disappearance. It added to the whole thing.
The characters were really enjoyable, I liked watching them grow. I liked how diverse the girls were as well. There were POC as well as LGBT girls in the group. I loved how ones of the girls was transgender but not only that she was a former member of a boy band. She was easily one of the bests characters. She sewed sequins into a banner to try to get the attention of someone who could rescue them.
I’m a bit torn about having the reality tv pirates shipwreck on the island as well. Some cool things did come out of it but at the same time I wish it had just been the girls. I didn’t see why the boys had to be included because the story could have worked perfectly well without them. I don’t know though, it didn’t really ruin the story either but I just felt it would have been better with just the girls.
Ladybird Hope, past Miss Teen Dream was super creepy because she doesn’t feel completely fictional. There are people that are just like her and it is creepy. Her first interview in the book gave me chills because of how the rhetoric she used echoes a lot of stuff you hear in politics.
I know there’s been talk about the female Lord of the Flies movie that is being worked on but it’s already been done right here. And I don’t think that anyone could ever do as good a job as Libba Bray has done with this book. It’s amazing and I love it. I will probably read it again sometime.
Recommendation: I can never recommend reading Libba Bray enough. She’s so great and I have loved everything that I’ve read of hers. This book is no exception. It hasn’t great feminist themes and a fun read.