Book Reviews:Beauty Queens and Night Swimming

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Beauty Queens

Written By Libba Bray
Format: Audio Book

Length: 10 CD’s 14 hours 37 minutes

Read by: Libba Bray

Published By:Scholastic Audio  May 24, 2011 (unabridged)

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?
 Synopsis from Goodreads

Basically I LOVED this book. Now I have been hearing about this book for a while but it just didn’t appeal to me at first. It wasn’t until I heard  Rosianna or I loved listening to this book so much that halfway through I purchased a physical copy for myself. I knew that I would want to re-read this probably several times. The story and characters combined with Libba Bray’s amazing reading made this the best audio book I have ever listened to, and I have listened to tons of audiobooks.  Beauty Queens starts out full of action and fast paced, it slows down in the middle to develop some characters and then picks up the action at the end. I was never bored even when Libba was giving background on a character it was funny and engaging.  I love the writing style which if you are reading a physical copy may take some getting use to.

So I was all set to give a summary of this book but then I realized I couldn’t really do it justice. So instead I am going to direct you to a video on YouTube by one of my favorite book vloggers Sable Caught. She does and excellent job of telling you about the book without spoiling anything.  Click here to get all the awesomeness.

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Night Swimming’

Written By: Robin Schwarz

Format: Paperback  352 pages

Published: Warner Books (June 29.2004)

In the bestselling tradition of “Good in Bed,” and “She’s Come Undone,” comes a charming romantic comedy about a woman who flees a life and a body she doesn’t want, and finds love and her true self in the process. synopsis from goodreads

Charlotte is an overweight woman living a boring life in a small town in New Hampshire when she is told she only has a year to live.   Charlotte decides to quit her job, steal some money and move to L.A.   While living in L.A. she makes friends, falls in love and changes her name to Blossom. Blossom begins to swim at night (hence the name) and begins to lose weight.

The people in this book where kind of one-dimensional. Everyone is pretty transparent and you pretty much know what everyone is going to do before they do it. I can’t say anything in this book came as a surprise to me.  The story itself  was pretty predictable. Blossom starts out as kind of annoying, insecure, a bit needy but ends up quite the opposite. Most of the people she meets are likable even if they are transparent.  The one thing that really annoyed me was the way Blossom”s weight was handled.  The basic message  is that in order to be happy and fall in love you have to be thin. When Blossom was younger she was thin and then after a tragedy in her life she puts on weight. When the book begins she is described as very overweight. While she is in L.A. she begins swimming every night and eventually drops to at least a size 8 maybe smaller. Once she loses the weight she gets a makeover and BAM it’s all good. Somehow in spite of all of that I found myself kind of liking the book. It was very easy to see exactly where the story was going and where it was going to end up. Overall it was just OK.  After I finish a book by an author I’ve never read before, I ask myself  did this book make me want to read anything else by this author, and , the answer today is no. I didn’t hate this book but I’m not going to go looking for more by this author.

 

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