Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Enter the world of beauty pageants, where glittering dresses, perfectly plumped lips, and crafted answers reign - and watch it fall apart as the girls learn to survive the island and each other. Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens is pure genius. The girls are more than pretty faces, each of them has a unique story to tell. Beauty Queens takes on important issues, too: individuality, feminism, and a few others I’ll refrain from mentioning (spoilers!). The cast of characters is diverse, with girls of different races, sexualities, etc. Not only does this book not give a damn about your bigotry, it's full of suspense, humor, and yes, kickass beauty queens.
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