I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book through the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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 complete 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 eye liner.
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.
There has been a lot of comparisons of this book to the TV show Lost. I can't really speak to that since I've never watched that show. It did remind me vaguely of Survivor and Lord of the Flies - only with with teen age girls and a great deal more humor.
What I liked: This is a funny, mindless read. Several times I found myself reading aloud humorous passages to my husband. But of course, being a guy he didn't always get the humor. It was action packed with perfect pacing. I also liked that it was a light read. Of course, it has plenty of depth, if you want to get serious and think of it as a commentary on feminism, commercialism and the shallowness of the cosmetics industry. Buty why spoil the fun?
What I didn't like? Even though I much prefer Bray's Rebel Angels series, I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. It's an all around great summer read.