Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Genre: YA, Humor
Length: 14 hours and 37 minutes
Narrator: Libba Bray
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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?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
On the story...
I was really surprised to find that I enjoyed this audio very much. I'm not one of those people who have a strong opinion one way or the other about pageants so I didn't think it would interest me much. But I found that this book touches on EVERYTHING and there is something for everyone. With that being said, I did find myself wishing that the critique was just a tad bit narrower. There were many characters and different POVs to follow but there is never a fear of confusing the characters because they are so unique.
On the narrator...
This is definitely the audio of all audios. I was so surprised that Ms. Bray had so many distinct voices in her and they were all so well done. I'm pretty sure Ms. Bray made this book for me. I actually laughed out loud when I recognized the voice of Lady Bird Hope, the queen of the pageant, to be a great imitation of Sarah Palin. I would probably recommend listening over reading this one.
This was a fabulous audio that surprised me from beginning to end.
P.S. This book has footnotes. You know how I feel about footnotes. Grr....