Monday, March 31, 2014

Beauty Queens

Libba Bray's Beauty Queens is such an outlandish and ridiculous commentary on society today that unfortunately hits pretty close to reality!  As a plane carrying beauty contestants crashes on a seemingly deserted island, the few surviving girls find themselves trying to maintain their perfect composure and beauty despite facing the extreme wilderness, a corrupt company trying to kill them, pirates who are actually reality TV stars, a gun-running dictator, and a former beauty queen winner who wants to rule the world.  On the island, Bray also explores issues of racism, sexual orientation, transgenderism, and a general pressure of double standards that often forces young women into an impossible box.  This book is laugh-out-loud funny and full of heart-warming hope as they discover the liberation of being separated from people telling them what to do.

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