Source: advanced reading copy from publisher
Synopsis (from the publisher):
Survival. Of the fittest.
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 the 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.
Why I liked it: It's hysterical. We're talking laugh-out-loud funny! Even the footnotes are hilarious. It's also the most quotable YA book I've read in years. And dang it all, I can't quote from the ARC. But while I was reading it a month ago, I was constantly stopping to snort and giggle and then I'd read a passage out loud to
the grouch my husband, who, let's just say, doesn't read young adult.
And he laughed.
Seriously. This book manages to parody everything you can think of about modern culture. Beauty pageants, of course. But also boy bands, those awful Bratz dolls, make-up commercials, exfoliating products, sex changes, Lost, big corporations, airlines, secret arms deals, reality shows, you name it. The only thing I wonder is if a 13-year-old would find it as funny as I did. Most of the humor is pretty dark and sophisticated.
Libba Bray's a genius. She manages to juggle a huge cast of characters and yet you remember who each one is. And you find yourself involved in what happens to these girls and whether they can survive. But mostly you find yourself laughing.
Has anyone read this yet?
If not, what funny young adult novels have you loved?