Bookended by Beauty Queens

Bookended by Beauty Queens

by Victoria Marshal

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Overview

Angie Palmer likes her life just the way it is-private. She has no desire to entangle herself in complex friendships, and her relationship with her two beauty queen sisters is safely distant.

When disaster strikes Angie takes her Grandmother into her home. Life with Grandma comes with a world of changes, and new friends, including Val, a drag queen with hopes of being the next US-Gay Beauty Queen. Angie is determined to keep Val at a distance but Val has an instinct for knowing Angie's heart.

Just as Angie gets comfortable with Grandma living with her, a budding friendship with Val, and a new romantic interest, everything takes an unexpected turn.

Val is the victim of a violent crime and ends up in a coma. Angie begins a struggle against Val's family who wants to remove their son from life support.
Suddenly Angie's private life becomes very public, and her world becomes a media circus. She is caught in a clash between religious beliefs and gay rights.

Through many twists and turns, Angie discovers a new appreciation for family, friends, and love.

In the end, Angie learns that a life filled with people to care about is never too crowded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983713722
Publisher: Before The Fall Books
Publication date: 02/22/2012
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Bookended by Beauty Queens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
katduncan More than 1 year ago
Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal is a fast-paced, tension-filled read full of characters you will fall in love with despite yourself. Angie has a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor. She knows what she wants and yet life isn't coming through with any good options for her lately. Still, Angie is not the sort of person to become bitter. She's open-minded and tolerant and maybe even a bit too generous when it comes to forgiving her sisters their faults both petty and large. When her grandmother's apartment burns down she gladly takes her grieving grandmother in. A chance meeting with Val, a vivacious drag queen, on the subway introduces Grandma and Angie to a new world of friends. And just as these three sympathetic misfits are developing their unique support system, disaster strikes Val in the form of a hate crime that puts Val's life in danger. Both Angie and Grandma stand by Val, but Val's parents do not. The personal and public stakes deepen for Angie as she tries to understand the crime, fight the rigid attitudes of Val's family as well as fend off the salivating media and polarized public. With wonderful characterization that will keep you rooting for Angie, Grandma and Val as well as scenes both tense and tender that will have you gnawing your fingernails and crying into your makeup kit, Ms. Marshal succeeds in crafting a truly enjoyable and satisfying story that is well worth your time to read.
angelgroomer More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It has everything! a moral, a romance, a story! This author can turn a yarn! I love to read a book that takes me out of my day to day and gives me a bit of fantasy. Thank you for making me feel like I'm not the only one in the world who feels like an outsider. Well Done! Well Done!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angie grew up stuck between two sisters who were 2 beauty queens. She built up a wall around herself, no friends or even men in her life. She have a forgiving heart and has an opened mind, which helps when he grandmother comes to stay with her after a fire. She encounters a drag queen, Val who in turn introduce Angie and her grandmother to new and interesting people. After a hate crime is committed towards Val her life is in danger. Val's parents to do support her but Angie and Grandma do. I enjoyed the story as the author does a wonderful job with the plot. The characters are easy to fall in love with and support. Victoria opens up all of our minds and lets us see how things really are. You will laugh and cry which I find is wonderful in a book. This will be a re-read for me. As for the grammar errors I know she has taken care of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Surprisingly very good and the book is free. Very good life lessons about loyalty, friendship, family and love. A must read. I laughed and cried a little. Highly recommend.