Pub. Date: May 24th 2011
Pages: 396 pages
Source: Audiobook from Library
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.I had such high hopes for this book.
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.
From the countless reviews I had read before finally picking up this book, or rather picking up my headphones, I had thought I would not only enjoy the book, but also die from laughter. While I did find many of the numerous cliches of the book funny, it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. In fact one of those "cliches" ticked me off, excuse my anger.
I'm not going to go into extreme detail, but I am Christian. I felt like anytime God was brought up in this book it was to poke fun at people's faith. Maybe that was not how Libba Bray wanted it to be taken, but that is how I took it. It was just completely offensive to me and that is why I did not finish this book.
Again, please know that I am aware that Libba Bray may not have meant for them to be jabs, but that is how I took them. It is just my opinion. If you have read my other reviews you know that I am not very "uptight" (for a lack of better words) about a lot of things in novels (ie some sexual content, some cussing, ect.), but the reason I brought up my Faith in this review was because I felt it was an outright slam.
I will say that this was my first audiobook and while I did not enjoy the novel itself, the author did a wonderful job with the audiobook. I loved all of the voices, and while it was hard to keep track of all the characters, her voices were great and helped a little.