Aside from the specification of the type of this book that I read, I rate this book in the 4 range out of 5. I came into this book thinking it was going to be lighthearted, funny, and full of satirical comedy, but it had such a deep meaning on true beauty and being yourself. And this wasn't cheesy at all! So shall we get into it?!
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.
You really get to learn about the characters as they try to learn the truth about themselves, which is what I truly enjoyed. I mean, they're on an island and NOBODY is judging them. They start to find their real selves, and realize why they even decided to do this pageant at all. They realize their insecurities and the true meaning of sisterhood. But underneath all that, they're under the biggest surprise of it all. Aside from that, I really loved how each character is SO different. Libba Bray really took the time to choose different personalities, different insecurities - I MEAN, COME ON, AMAZING. They were so significant in each chapter and you saw how each girl reacted to things differently.
The writing of this was amazing. Though I listened to it, it was so free-flowing. Each of the different girls' voices (aha xD) just fit together perfectly. They were so great together, and their separate monologues were also so meaningful. You just have to read it to see it!
The tone of this book was just awesome. It could be totally satirical at times, and you could laugh but then it would get serious and you would just want to hug these girls. It was hilarious yet meaningful. SO,SO, SO meaningful. It sent a great message in a comedic way. I extremely loved how so much changed from the beginning to the end, You really got to see the difference between the girls and their goals and see them stand up.
The conclusion was very cool and interesting. I really liked the way the author did it. I'm trying not to say too much here, because though there are little shocks throughout the book, the end is majorly shocking. I was literally holding on for the last parts (It's quite hard to say this in terms of an audiobook, if you get what I'm saying. xD)
I definitely recommend this, and just to note, this book does contain mature language and themes! In short, SUPER FUNNY BUT SUPER MEANINGFUL. XD SERIOUSLY, READ IT!