Title: Beauty Queen
Author: Linda Glovach
Publication Date: September 19, 1998
I felt the prick of the needle, but only for a second, because this great rush of warmth quickly followed, encompassing my whole body from my toes right up to the top hair on my head. I couldn't move for a minute as she guided the needle in and out of my vein. When she was done, I felt like I had entered heaven. I looked in the mirror and felt beautiful, confident. I felt this great peace, at last, a warmth, and I knew that everything was going to be okay- and really always had been. Like time had stopped and I was floating on a cloud.
Since it didn't really say much in the summary on the book itself, I'll give you a bit more about it first. Beauty Queen is about a 19 year old girl who has low self esteem, an alcoholic mother, and hates where her life is going. She finds a new job as a topless dancer, where she gets introduced to heroin.
Honestly, I was disappointed in this book. It was way too predictable and seemed just like every other book I've read about a young girl getting sucked up into the world of drugs and writing entries in her journal about it. If there weren't so many other books like this, I think I would have enjoyed it. But I found it really predictable and somewhat boring to read. On a positive note, I loved the cover. And the fact that Sam has a job in topless dancing, is a bit different from any other book like this that I've read. Overall though, I was pretty disappointed in it. If you're looking for a quick book in journal-entry style about a young girl dealing with heroin, go ahead and read it. But if you're expecting an exciting book that's different from all of the others like it, you'll be disappointed.
Overall grade: D