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Twenty Pageants Later (Bantam Starfire Books) School & Library Binding – Oct 1999


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books I've ever read!!!! 28 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I could really feel what Scottie-Anne was going through throughout the entire book. How would you feel if your sister was little miss perfect beauty queen and you were just a regular person? You probably wouldn't feel that special. The whole book is about Scottie-Anne realizing she doesn't have to be like her sister to be special. Or anyone else. She just has to be herself. I absolutely love this book!!! If you like Caroline B. Cooney you'll like this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 8 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What I liked to most about this one is that Cooney doesn't make Dane, the professional Beauty Queen, out to be the Wicked Witch of the Runway. That would have been very easy to do since Dane is quite self-involved, and wishes to use her sister's first-ever beauty pageant to prove a point. Cooney paints Dane as a very human person: not angelic or sweet (though she can act it), but not evil and mean, either. In her own way, Dane's realism is as unvarnished as Scottie-Anne's. "I've had to listen to more crap than most people endure in a lifetime" she says to Scottie-Anne "No adult would dream about going up to a basketball star or an honor-roll student and saying 'Aren't you ashamed of yourself for doing that?' But people walk right up to me!"
Scottie-Anne, of course is also marvelously portrayed. While she does feel envy for Dane's looks, her struggles to find her own success and to use her own gifts is conveyed with much more humor and irony than self-pity. And her admission to herself that she *wants* to win the pageant is very poignant. For better or for worse, beauty *does* count in our society, and probably most of us gals out there, no matter how smart and talented we are, probably wish we fulfilled the narrow ideals for what female beauty is in America. Scottie Anne sums it up perfectly:
"You must have white teeth. Lots of them. Poise, out of all proportion to what you have actually accomplished on earth. Shiny, thick hair, a lovely dress, a sexy walk, and long, slim legs"
and in her words we can truly see just how narrow the standards are.
This book is truly well-done. Five stars for Cooney!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This author must have done pageants??? 29 Dec. 1997
By MBerka@naspa.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a mother of a pre-teen pageant contestant I was amazed by the amount of truth found in this book. While browsing a local book store during free time at a pageant, my daughter stumbled upon "Twenty Pageants Later". My first impression of the book was that it would be immature and silly pre-teen reading material. Much to my delight I found just the opposite. Not only was I intrigued and amused by much of the content of the book, my daughters, and even grandma enjoyed it immensely. We enjoyed it so much that I actually read the whole book aloud in a matter of two hours. We laughed and cried and basically identified with the characters in the book. There is much truth in this book, as anyone involved in pageant life will immediately see. I'd be extremely surprised if the author did not have some type of background in pageantry. I would recommend this book to anyone, not only pageant participants, as it shows both sides of the pageant issue. It presents both sides in a comprehensive and non confrontational way.
Nancy Berka MBerka@naspa.net
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
OK Book but its not my taste 26 Jan. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
This book is about beauty pageants which was everything said. I didn't like the big idea of the book which was beauty counts and smarts does not mean anything. Which is not true! Scottie-Anne at first thinks beauty pageants are stupid and sees no point in them, then suddenly she is FORCED to enter one because of her best friends mom. Eventually Scotts suddenly wants to win out of no where. Scotts is asked at the end if she enjoyed the pageant and she says YES but there is no talk about her enjoying the pageant in the book! Again this book is more for people who are into modeling, pageants, and how YOU LOOK. This was not a good big idea to teach to girls at the age of ten like me therefore I found this book pointless. This book was also hard to do a book project on in school because of its big idea. The back of the book made it seem like it tought a good lesson which is that beauty doesn't matter its whats inside that counts. But the book said the exact oposite. This really let me down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK Book but its not my taste 26 Jan. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
This book is about beauty pageants which was everything said. I didn't like the big idea of the book which was beauty counts and smarts does not mean anything. Which is not true! Scottie-Anne at first thinks beauty pageants are stupid and sees no point in them, then suddenly she is FORCED to enter one because of her best friends mom. Eventually Scotts suddenly wants to win out of no where. Scotts is asked at the end if she enjoyed the pageant and she says YES but there is no talk about her enjoying the pageant in the book! Again this book is more for people who are into modeling, pageants, and how YOU LOOK. This was not a good big idea to teach to girls at the age of ten like me therefore I found this book pointless. This book was also hard to do a book project on in school because of its big idea. The back of the book made it seem like it tought a good lesson which is that beauty doesn't matter its whats inside that counts. But the book said the exact oposite. This really let me down.
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