Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Review)

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“I love you for who you are, not who the world thinks you should be.” 

After their plane crash landed, the contestants for the Miss Teen Dream pageant are left stranded on an Island, which leaves the survivors with little food and water and very little make-up. So what must a Beauty Queen do when trying to survive on an uninhabited Island? Practice for the pageant? Get the perfect tan? Or club together to survive the dangers of the island which are just around the corner.

What a strange  book. I wasn’t sure what I was going to rate this, a 2? 3? or a 5?. This is because some parts of Beauty Queen is utterly ridiculous, but some parts also made me laugh out loud, and some parts make me really think about society and all it’s problems and the pressure it puts on every woman. So, I would say that this book would also satisfy any feminists needs, as it questioned many roles within society. But, the girls didn’t really change, they still loved their pretty things, and their clothes and make up, but they became more aware of society’s issues and their role within society. Which is very good and I like how Libba Bray addressed these issues.
There was some really lovely character development, which was unexpected. These girls was using their skills to survive on an island and just proves they are not just the stereotypical airheads. The friendship between the girls in Beauty Queens was also really nice to read, and it was nice that they all helped each other realise that they don’t always need to be accepted by society, but be accepted by themselves.
Aspects of this book left me thinking ‘are you serious?’, But Libba Bray addressed many serious issues in a funny and light hearted way.
Overall, it was an easy, humorous read which I enjoyed despite many crazy and ridiculous aspects.

RATING: ★★★☆☆ (Actually 3.5)

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