Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
Satire stretched too far and too long.
When a plane carrying the Miss Teen Dream contestants crashes on a tropical island, the 13 surviving girls create a new society based on more than lipgloss, and when it turns out that their adventures are tied in with dire doings by Ladybird Hope, a Sarah Palin-esque eeevil politician/leader of the Miss Teen Dream empire/Corporation henchperson, the girls use newfound confidence to overcome. A boatload of lost reality tv pirates and some clever spoofs on advertising helped lighten it, but this was just so message heavy it choked me going down.