Genre/Age: Humor, satire, young adult
Summary: The 50 Miss Teen Dream pageant contestants were expecting a fun-filled, sunny beach trip. Instead, their plane crashes on a seemingly desert island, and only a handful of them survive. Together, they fight snakes, search for food, and practice their pageant moves. They’re in for a surprise when the heartthrob pirates show up, and they discover there is more to the island then they initially thought…
My Thoughts: Okay, the first thing that you should know about this book is that it is entirely satirical. It is all a giant play on today’s materialistic society and the idea of beauty vs. brains. Can you have both? What does it mean to be beautiful? It also speaks a lot on media influence. The story is full of irony, wit, and pure satire, as stated before. It even has “commercial breaks” for various products sold by The Corporation who is basically running America.
While I truly appreciate the satire, uniqueness, and sense of sarcasm that is shown throughout the book (seriously. I’m one of the most sarcastic people you’d ever meet), I think it went a bit too far. By that I mean that the ENTIRE book was focused solely on being clever and making a point rather than focusing on the storyline at all. Because of this, the story was really hard for me to get into, and I found I had no problems putting it down at all.
There were definitely aspects I enjoyed about this book. It was pretty funny and clever at times, and the characters were developed extremely well. Despite there being a ton of characters, I felt a sense of knowing each of them. The girls really started to learn about and better themselves too. The ending also really picked up pace, and the last 75 pages or so finally captured my attention, which is what prompted a slightly higher rating from me. Despite all this though, I was simply not engaged for the first 300 pages or so. I think satire can be done really well so long as there is still a real and enjoyable story underneath it all. With Beauty Queens, though, it just seemed like every single thing was a big joke and I was quite bored.
My Rating: 2.5/5