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The Accidental Beauty Queen

Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes, being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. 

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. That couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty-pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning. 

©2018 Teri Wilson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • RueRue
  • 15-03-19

Fluff but nice for a change

This type of story (romantic fluff) isn't my usual choice, but sometimes I need a change from literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and mysteries. The premise was completely unrealistic, but it sort-of worked. What didn't work was the romance, but I guess it's a required part of any story like this. The narrator was good and that kept me listening through all the predictable bits.

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  • T Shurland
  • 01-03-19

Hmmm

This had the potential to be a fun and frivolous read. And it’s not a bad offering for this genre. But honestly, some things were just a bridge too far, like a librarian who only knows Rowling, Bronte, Austen, Alcott and Shakespeare? Give me a break.

Also there was too much repetition. There were the entire chapters dedicated to needless secrets and self-flagellation. Come on! The protagonist was in an absurdly farcical situation. No one supporting her had the moral high ground why did she continually punish herself. I wish she’d been less self condemning, less superficial and more confident.

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  • ravidreader
  • 06-12-18

delightful

What a great sister story with some sweet romance (hot hero) thrown into the glittery fun book loving mess. It's true....to really find ourselves, sometimes everything we know to be true has to be challenged. Even our self idenity. Very nice read

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  • Vanessa Melendez
  • 29-03-19

Cute book with a nice message

I liked it a lot. It was geek but not cringey like books like this tend to be. The story was very easy to get sucked into. I would definitely share this book with someone who needs an easy light reading. It was funny and I didn’t want to put it down.

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  • Barbara
  • 16-01-20

Cute and fun story with no steamy bits

I had to listen at 1.25X to really like the narrator. Once that was changed the book moved really well. I appreciated the romance but not having any explicit descriptions of sex acts. It kept the book sweet and fun.
The characters were well developed and their wasn’t too much repetition with the angst Charlotte felt impersonating her sister.

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  • Melissa P
  • 24-10-19

Entertaining but oozing with cheese

The story is entertaining however the cheesy analogies and the over the top dramatic descriptions does make you Eye roll often!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-09-19

Thumbs up for Accidental Beauty Queen

This was a great listen from beginning to end. I wish there were more books that I enjoyed listening to this much!!

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  • Rachelle Faught
  • 27-08-19

Be still my literary heart!

I was no less than 7.5 minutes into this audio book before I was texting my best friend that she needed to either read or listen to this book! We both LOVE books, especially Harry Potter and Jane Austin novels. So all the inside jokes and references thrilled me!
The story was well written from Charlotte’s perspective and I loved hearing how her relationship work Jenny changed over time! While I’m not a twin, I have sisters and can appreciate their complicated relationship.
I highly recommend this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-19

Very sappy

Even the name of the hero Gray Beckham is sappy. I am sorry I used a credit for this book.

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  • marie
  • 19-06-19

ok

It started off strong but then kind of fizzled at the end. The live story seemed a little rushed and forced. Also it was a bit unrealistic that family would not have noticed thr switch...oh well. good listen while cleaning out my closet.