Review: “Forever, Miss Tapekwa County” by Lisa L. Hannett

1 of 5 stars.

This is a shallow tale about a shallow girl, Verralee, whose single-minded focus is to win the Miss Tapekwa County crown that eluded her mother, Kaylene. Verralee’s boyfriend, Simon, is afraid that winning the pageant, or even entering it will change her for the worse, forever.

The story takes the issue literally in that Verralee has to transform her body to an unrealistic degree in order to win. And her single-minded focus erases all other thoughts. The heroine makes for an easy target in this cautionary tale, especially when no depth is given to her character to explain why any of this matters to her.

This story appears in the latest anthology edited by Paula Guran, Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, published by Prime Books.
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