03 Jul

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Libba Bray won me over as a fan with her YA novel Going Bovine.  I anxiously awaited Beauty Queens and the wait was worth it.  To begin with the cover is awesome and will pique the interest of both guys and girls.  The premise of the story is a plane carrying contestants of the Miss Teen Dream Pageant sponsored by The Corporation crashes near a seemingly deserted island.  As expected, none of the adults survive and just a handful of girls.  True to their beauty pageant training the girls continue to practice their routines, keep up with their personal hygiene and discover their resourcefulness and the truths about their fellow contestants.  The cast of characters include a hyper Texas teen and self appointed leader, a Jewish girl, an African American girl, an Asian girl, a lesbian (or 2), a former boy band member going through gender re identification, etc.   Interspersed with their survival story is the intrigue of pirates, corporate espionage, large man/girl eating snakes, and personal conflicts.  The Corporation TV shows serve as a backdrop for the action of the story and the girls are soon joined by the shipwrecked cast from the show Captains Bodacious IV: Badder and More Bodaciouser!  The sudden onslaught of good looking men complicate the relative calm of the island.  In their efforts to get off the island, they must escape the clutches of the dictator MoMo and The Corporation’s leader, Ladybird.  It is a fun read and the end certainly doesn’t disappoint.