This book is everything I wanted it to be — and more. Full of satirical humor, unpredictable plot twists and just general awesomeness. What could have turned into a Lord of the Flies or Lost knockoff becomes a testament to girl power in Bray’s capable hands. Beauty Queens is officially one of my most favorite books ever. Weird, wonderful and just perfect.
When the Miss Teen Dream contestants’ plane crashes on a “deserted” island, the girls must band together and use their pageant skills (in increasingly unusual ways) to survive, because they’ve got more than human-eating snakes to worry about: They’ve crashed somewhere their sponsor, The Corporation, doesn’t want found. Will they be able to parade back to the mainland? (SCHOLASTIC, Jun., 400 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780439895972, HC, 14 & Up)