The best part of this book was the fact that the author was the narrator - and did each of the voices/accents/personalities perfectly! I'm not sure anybody else could have done justice to this book quite so well. The story was part parody, part comedy, part drama, and part everything teenage coming-of-age. The characters looked to be completely stereotypical at first, then began to morph. Everything is over the top, and nothing is left out of fun. I think my very favorite was the titles and lyrics of the songs that were sung by the top boy-band of the time.
This was a truely irreverant look at every stereotype and personality that you could possible round up in one place, with some serious undertones. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but will say, if you are of the faint-of-heart, or have a sense of humor that isn't slightly twisted, you might want to avoid this.
I will definitely be reading it again! I like reading books again, because there is always more to get a second time around!
The performance was great, being read by the author, she knew how each character should sound. The format was also great, funny faux comercials gave it an extra bit of funny!
Yes I couldn't put it down.
This is not a book I would ordinarily would have chosen, but I am so glad that I did! It is funny, and splattered with social comentary. It covers a wide range of issues in a wonderfully playful manner!
A silly satire whose goofy twists and turns may bury the teeth of the commentary. Although intended for young adults, I am nearly 30 and still found it entertaining and thematically more mature than I had expected.
The plot is convoluted and a little predictable, but it's still female positive and very well performed.
I've read Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty series, and this book was written in a completely different tone, its hard to compare them. It was fun and lighthearted and seems to be Libba Bray just writing for the fun of it!
The narration was absolutely great! All the characters had their own very distinct and hilarious voices that really made the book fun to listen to!
The book was a pretty fun listen, my only criticism is that after a while the not-so-subtle "see guys, I'm a feminist!" lessons get a bit old, but keeping in mind that I am not of the intended teenage audience (to which some of these ideas may be new) it still didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book!
It was a satisfactory wrap-up.
Not the most deep or inspiring reading, but it is fun and interesting. I was never bored, that's for sure.
Yes, Libba Bray is a perfect narrator for a hilarious book.
Definitely burst out laughing often. I was glad I mostly listened to this by myself in the car.
American culture at its finest. A story of nature vs nurture. Once the racism, elitism and beauty are taken out of the equation, the girls transformation is wonderful to watch.
No one character stood out, all had great little quirks and personalities.
Yes, but not realistic.
PJV Quickie: My initial thoughts with ‘Beauty Queens’ were, of course, captivation with the cover, but the concept threw me through a loop. I hadn’t read Bray before, so I wasn’t familiar with her writing style or sense of humor. This led to an initial trepidation, satire is not always my cup-of-tea, along with force-fed cultural messages, but I think I made a wise choice in partaking via audiobook. Libba Bray did her own narration and the added benefit of some extra “special effects” made ‘Beauty Queens’ via audio a pleasure to experience.
The descriptor, Lord of the Flies with Beauty Queens has been touted around a lot in regards to this book. And while on a base level, yes the two novels can be synonymous with the coming of age on a deserted island motif, but I think it is doing ‘Beauty Queens’ an injustice to be described as such. The novel is basically about the pressures of the teenage years in a materialistically saturated environment and how this crash landing actually enables these girls to shrug off the yokes their parents and society have placed upon their shoulders and become the women they can be and should be. But, in a fun and sparkly way of course!
In ‘Beauty Queens’ we meet a host of larger-than-life characters, like Miss Texas, Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins, who is a card-carrying member of Femmes and Firearms and practically worships LadyBird Hope, one of the corporations Big Wigs and presidential hopeful, a former Miss Teen Dream winner. Then there is Adina Greenburg, Miss New Hampshire, who is actually on an under cover mission from her schools newspaper to expose the Miss Teen Dream for what it is, a subversive instrument of female repression. Or there is Mary Lou Novak, Miss Nebraska, who comes to the island wearing a purity ring, but later realizes her inner wild girl needs to roam free…
I could go on and on about the sheer hilarity of this novel and the great characters that Bray created. Even her villains were brilliant, MoMo B. ChaCha, is the leader of the Republic of ChaCha and is obsessed with American Reality television and Elvis. I was thinking Gadhafi every time his character came to the forefront. Bray paired Momo and Ladybird together and I was literally gagging imagining Sarah Palin (Bray used a nasally northern accent to represent Ladybird which had Sarah Palin written all over it) and Gadhafi going at it in a heart-shaped hot tub. Yeah — sorry for the mental image.
Take all those great characters and weave within it, off-the-wall marketing schemes, hilarious product placement and just brilliant, brilliant story creation and you’ll have an almost perfect read. Then trump that with the audiobook, which had Bray as the narrator (She did like a million different voices impeccably!). It also had sound effects with the footnotes (when the characters would mention products a footnote would appear) and commercial breaks which would have me laughing out loud and then the finale of a great interview with Bray herself – this is one I highly recommend grabbing up in audiobook form.
You don’t want to pass up this novel. Nope. Don’t do it.
This is for a more mature teen audience, sexuality, violence and cultural stigmas, along with alternative lifestyles are all covered. Fans of more wittier satires should really enjoy. It is sometimes described as a dystopian and if you are looking for this genre, I wouldn’t call this title a dystopian. The world, is a satirical depiction of our own society and while yes, it seems more nefarious then our own society, it was pretty much on target. I would not put this one in the dystopian category, more of a modern commentary.
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Beauty Queens makes you laugh out loud--any girl/woman who has ever watched television or perused a fashion magazine will be able to relate to this story!
The narration for this book was superb! The voices match the characters so perfectly that it is hard to pick a favorite. I would have to say that Miss Texas, Miss New Hampshire, and Miss Nebraska are great--but Miss Mississippi really takes the Gummi Bears!
I would recommend the first six chapters of the book. They are laugh-out-loud funny and satirical. But after that the book bogs down with too many politically correct messages to convey, a silly story line, and the outrageous humor gets dimmed. The language and sexual suggestions make this a book for older teens, not younger teens The narration is outstanding and I looked forward to each time the characters of Taylor and Tiara spoke.