Angie Palmer likes her life just the way it is - private. She has no desire to entangle herself in complex friendships, and her relationship with her two beauty queen sisters is safely distant. When disaster strikes Angie takes her Grandmother into her home.
Life with Grandma comes with a world of changes, and new friends, including Val, a drag queen with hopes of being the next US-Gay Beauty Queen. Angie is determined to keep Val at a distance but Val has an instinct for knowing Angie's heart. Just as Angie gets comfortable with Grandma living with her, a budding friendship with Val, and a new romantic interest, everything takes an unexpected turn. Val is the victim of a violent crime and ends up in a coma. Angie begins a struggle against Val's family who wants to remove their son from life support.
Suddenly Angie's private life becomes very public, and her world becomes a media circus. She is caught in a clash between religious beliefs and gay rights. Through many twists and turns, Angie discovers a new appreciation for family, friends, and love. In the end, Angie learns that a life filled with people to care about is never too crowded.
Would you listen to Bookended by Beauty Queens again? Why?
The narrator on this book was fantastic.
What did you like best about this story?
It was funny and moving.
What does Martha Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her performance was flawless.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both laugh and cry.
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