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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray I had been hearing buzz about this book for months and thought the premise sounded fun. When I saw this on the rack of new books at the library, I immediately grabbed it.Honestly, I was a bit disappointed by the book. Maybe I had too high of expectations, after all I kept hearing comparisons to Lost. Maybe it was too “funny” for my taste. I don’t know. The book wasn’t bad by any means. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.The story and how things played out is very juvenile. It reminded me a lot of a Disney Channel movie but made for older teens (and with more mature content). It was silly but cliche. The story isn’t too original. I recognized bits that were directly influenced by Lost, Lord of the Flies, Miss Congeniality, and countless other stories. With all that said, it was still a fun, silly story. A perfect beach read.The humor in the book was interesting. It was very much a satire/social commentary of the world. The Corporation was mocking the media conglomerates we have in our world and showing how things could potentially be. Between the chapters there were little “commercial” breaks of products from The Corporation, which were funny, over the top and ridiculous. There were even interviews with the contestants so you could keep everyone straight, which was very helpful. There were tons of footnotes doing product placement from The Corporation to further drive home the point the author is making.I appreciate what the author was trying to with the humor but honestly I think she took it too far. I know she needed to set up the world of the book but it was way too much in your face. It got to the point where I was just flat out annoyed with it all and didn’t want to read the book anymore.The cast of characters was amusing. It was a good mix of girls. I did have a problem trying to keep everyone straight because there were so many girls. That was the biggest downfall. There were only a small amount of girls who survived the crash. From there Bray focused on several girls giving them back stories as well as problems and a story on the island. Then there were other girls that were just there for humor? Like Miss New Mexico, she had a tray stuck in her head the whole time but that’s about all she does. Why keep these minor characters if you’re not going to do anything with them?