Before I write anything else.. HILARIOUS is the word!
Beauty Queens by Libba Ray is by far the most entertaining YA lit I have read! I do like to include ‘light’ reads every now and then for a change but this one surpassed my expectations by all means!
Thirteen beauty queens, participants of Miss Teen Dream Contest, get stranded on an island after a plane crash and the adventure begins. Fashionistas, who had been practising catwalks and peppy dance moves, are forced to find ways to survive on an island all by themselves! The competitors become friends, learn to protect each other, fight for each other and support each other!
It’s a tale of courage, self-discovery and friendship. It’s a complete package, full of fun, satire, adventure, political scandal, pirates, glamour, action and what not! And the Fun part?? Where does that come from? Imagine teenage girls who are only acquainted with glossy lipsticks and glittering gowns and their mission now is to sustain on an island! Girls make huts, water storage system (using gowns and suitcases), fishing lines and catapults (they used eyelashes curlers). They choose a leader and makes teams with names like Sparkle Ponies & Lost Girls!
Their banter as rivals is humorous. Conversations are stupid and senseless but are amusingly funny! The dialogues are geniously written and the tongue-in-cheek humour makes it such a fresh read! I am pretty sure my fellow tram travellers caught me really laughing hard while reading this one! Inspite of it’s subject and the style of writing, it still has something for all readers. Title and cover might make it look like a shallow read (Did someone say ‘never judge a book by it’s cover!! , aye!) but actually it’s not. It makes you laugh, inspires you and touches subjects like feminism and transgenderism subtly!
Even if YA fiction is not your genre, take my word and give this one a try. You sure will not be disappointed 🙂
“Why do girls always feel like they have to apologize for giving an opinion or taking up space in the world? Have you ever noticed that?” Nicole asked. “You go on websites and some girl leaves a post and if it’s longer than three sentences or she’s expressing her thoughts about some topic, she usually ends with, ‘Sorry for the rant’ or ‘That may be dumb, but that’s what I think.”
“The world expected girls to pluck and primp and put on heels. Meanwhile, boys dressed in rumpled T-shirts and baggy pants and misplace their combs, and yet you were suppose to fall at their feet? Unacceptable.”
“Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one’s is watching them so they can be who they really are”
“In school, they would tell you that life wouldn’t come to you; you had to go out and make it your own. But when it came to love, the message for girls seemed to be this: Don’t. Don’t go after what you want. Wait. Wait to be chosen, as if only in the eye of another could one truly find value. The message was confusing and infuriating. It was a shell game with no actual pea under the rapidly moving cups.”
“The world is only as fair as you can make it. Takes a lot of fight. A lot of fight. But if you stay in here, in your little cave, that’s one less fighter on the side of fair.
“It’s always darkest before the ultimate sparkle.”
“I love myself. They make it so hard for us to love ourselves.”
“Sometimes a little crazy is all you need”