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.
Reading this book was quite the journey because author, Libba Bray, has an enviable talent for creating a (wild) out-of-control plot. A plane crash on a deserted island quickly leads to discoveries of a corporation with sinister plans and illegal weapons deals. Sarcastic and humorous, this book wil not only make you laugh but also question what beauty really is and whether it really matters how you look in a bikini.
Petra who is found to be transgender is one of my favorite characters. I admire her boldness and how she takes everyone’s comments in stride. Bluntly and shamelessly telling the truth, Petra is a girl that can handle reality.
Then there’s sassy and smart Adina, who doesn’t actually fit in with the whole beauty pageant crowd but she’s there to experience it all first-hand. Unfortunately, it seems she will have to focus on survival first.
The footnotes and commercial breaks really wrap up the entire story into a book worth reading!