Published by Audible, Scholastic Press on May 24th, 2011
Genres: Girls & Women, Literary
Source: Owned Audible Book
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I wanted to read this book the second it came out, and in fact I’ve owned it on my Kindle for a long time. I don’t know why I didn’t start reading it sooner, I really don’t. It’s just a case of too many awesome books on my shelves. Just kidding, there can’t BE too many, but there are a lot and I tend to get distracted by new, shiny books fairly easily. I had read Libba Bray before, even before I started blogging, and while I liked her Gemma Doyle series, I didn’t love it. I had no idea Bray was hiding this much awesome humor and snark!
I loved this book, and I’m so glad I decided to use one of my audible credits on the audiobook because it takes something already pretty damn funny and elevates it to “I really shouldn’t be driving while listening because I’m laughing too hard and oh is that a deer!” kind of funny. I am so not going to be able to do this book justice, you’re just going to have to trust me. This shiz is hilarious. If you have any sense of humor at all, then this book is for you. Actually, you should probably download the audio version if you don’t have a sense of humor, so that you may learn from a master.
I’m not sure if I’ll read the Diviners series, but I will be reading Libba Bray’s Going Bovine book for sure! Bray has won my undying love for her sense of wit and humor. I think the world would be a better place if everyone read Beauty Queens, and that would totally be my platform if I was running for Ms. Universe.
Libba Bray is the narrator, and wow oh wow is she good! Author narrations can be hit or miss for me, because I really like when narrators go all out and do different voices, instead of just a dry reading. A lot of authors tend to just do a straight read… not my favorite thing in an audiobook. But not Libba Bray! She’s one of the best narrators I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. Seriously if this whole writing books for a living doesn’t pan out, she’s got a spectacular voice career ahead of her! By all means, read this book now, but I think it’s best when listened to!