I enjoyed this book because it kept me chuckling over the absurdity of beauty pageants and one that has gone awry. If you're looking for a light read that will keep you smiling, buy this book.
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!
I don't know.
The problem was more than the narration.
It could have been a clever idea. But the sophomoric sex/body stuff was intolerable.
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.
I don't usually write reviews but I bought this book largely due to the reviews that I read, hence my 2 cents worth: This book was really hard to finish. I have a very eclectic audible library and rarely add something that I truly hate. Sadly, this book was forgettable enough to fall into the "hate" category. The plot was contrived, I didn't find it funny, sarcastic or particularly well-narrated. I really tried to find some socially-redeeming message re gender identity or "real" beauty but came away feeling that it is a sad commentary on our obsession with greed, violence and sex. I do not recommend it to anyone, particularly 11-13 year olds!
I am a library media specialist at a middle/high school. I love classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA books (especially dystopias!) and picture books.
I struggled with this book at first- so many stereotypes, so many cliches. Once I let that go I just enjoyed the hilarity. This book is supposed to be over the top and once I embraced the exaggeration it made me laugh out loud. I still chuckle just thinking about the characters in this book.
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.
The story was cute, and it was a fun satire. It was pretty predictable and not really interesting but a nice fluffy bit of entertainment.
Libba Bray does a great job with the voices and intonation of the different characters. Her reading this story is at least 50% of the reason it is so entertaining.
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.