January 28, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.
Don’t mess with a girl with a Great Personality.
Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.
Title: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Special thanks to Scholastic Inc. and NetGalley for letting me read an ARC of this title. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality arrives in stores March 1st, 2012.
When we first meet Lexi, she’s applying butt glue to her seven-year old sister’s backside, which is not how she’d like to be spending her weekend. Unfortunately, it’s how she spends most of her weekends since her little sister, Mackenzie, is always competing in one beauty pageant or another. If there was an award for Most Non-Photogenic, or No Hair and Makeup, Lexi (with her messy ponytail and Go Mackenzie! shirt) definitely thinks she’d win it. But Lexi’s done with her pushy, pageant-obsessed mother and her bratty little sister, and she’s done with only being known as having a great personality. There’s going to be a brand-new Lexi…but is it what she wants or who she really is?
Something I enjoyed about this story was Lexi’s sense of humor, she was really funny and I liked how she had more self-confidence in herself—and realized what was important—by the end of the story. This book’s message that great girls are the rarest breed and a great personality is a wonderful thing to have was refreshing to see.
Another thing I liked about the story was learning about Lexi’s background, when you learn why Lexi started acting the way she did, it’s so heartbreaking. One moment that was so inconsequential for Lexi’s mother, molded the person who Lexi became. It really shows just how powerful a parent’s words—or anyone’s words—can be.
Plus, who doesn’t love the title: Revenge of the Girl of the Great Personality!
Cynical Cindy Says
This book felt like the middle part of a story, there was so much going on in Lexi’s life and I especially felt that the end wasn’t as wrapped up as it could’ve been. Lexi did have a great sense of humor and some hilarious lines, but it wasn’t shown nearly enough. I couldn’t really connect to her character, she seemed to fluctuate between I-have-a-great-personality-and-that’s-what-matters to I-hate-that-I’m-known-for-my-personality so much that it got annoying. Until Lexi’s realization on the last page, I couldn’t decide whether she was a role model who really believed in having a great personality or just a now-that-I’m-popular-I-realize-that-being-popular-isn’t-all-that girl.
All in all, if you’re a fan of make-over stories or Toddlers and Tiaras, then Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is the book for you.
3 out of 5 teacups