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November Read of the Month Review

It took the entire month, but I did finish Libba Bray's Beauty Queens.  I enjoyed the book (4 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads.com review).  The book is clearly aimed at teenage girls, since nearly all of the main characters are female teens.  The plot revolves around a group of teen pageant contestants that survive a plane crash on what they believe to be a deserted island.  Nearly the entire novel takes place on the island.  The reader follows along as the girls struggle to survive and get off the island.

The novel pokes fun at much of modern society (reality television, health and beauty products, pageants and even some political commentary).  I found myself laughing numerous times while reading the book.  The book is quite long for (close to 400 pages in hardcover) yet it was still a quick read.  I just had difficulty finding time in what is a busy month for me at home and at work.  One of the best qualities of the book was the character development by Libba Bray.  She spends a great deal of time introducing and developing each of the surviving pageant contestants.  The reader really gets to know each of the girls.  Mixed within the humor are a number of "life lessons" readers can take away, all while enjoying a laugh.

The book is clearly aimed at high school age or older (vulgar language, drug and sexual references appear in the book).  I think many teen girls would enjoy this read.  Now off to find a December read!

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