This book begins with a plane crash. We do not want you to worry about this. According to the U.S. Department of Unnecessary Statistics, your chances of dying in a plane crash are one in half a million. Whereas your chances of losing your bathing suit bottoms to a strong tide are two to one. So, all in all, it’s safer to fly than to go to the beach.
~Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
Beauty Queens is action-packed, hilarious satire that can somewhat be described as Lord of the Flies with teenage beauty pageant contestants. However, this book is so much more than that simple description. Yes, the girls crash land on what seems to be a deserted island and at first are in shock over what has happened and try to maintain their beauty pageant rituals. But soon they realize that they must come together in order to survive. As the girls learn from each other, stick together against giant snakes and smooth-tongued, “bodacious” pirates, they become strong enough to be able to take down their true enemies.
This is a bad-ass, hilarious, and heartwarming novel, which I recommend to all and any girls: even those of us who are beyond our teens.
Below are just some thoughts I have on the novel, but these include some mild spoiling!