Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
March 1, 2013
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.
Eulberg’s latest contemporary YA is a cute and humorous look at the world of pageants from a realistic point of view. While I don’t consider it to be one of my favorite contemporary novels out there, it is sure to make you laugh! Having watched Toddlers & Tiaras on TV before, this book was great at expressing the complete absurdity of it all. Along with that, it shows the importance of being true to yourself and not letting appearances get the best of you. I give major props to Eulberg for going there with REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY. If you’re looking for a light contemporary that’s not too heavy on the big issues, this book is for you.
Lexi represents basically every high school girl who is always in the friend zone with guys. She’s sarcastic, sweet, and totally fun to hang out with. Unfortunately, she feels like she doesn’t need to put much effort into her looks with her sister in the spotlight in that arena. I can’t tell you how many times I have been in Lexi’s position (minus the little sister). Sometimes it’s hard to care about your appearance when there are others that you feel will overshadow any effort you make. Sure, some positive reinforcement about the effort into your appearance would be awesome, but no one wants to just be noticed for just for their looks alone. There’s more to a girl than that, boys.
I was cheering for Lexi from page one. She does get a little too involved in her newfound enthusiasm for her appearance, but who wouldn’t bask in all of that attention after practically being ignored for so long. While I wanted to shake her for becoming the girl she said she would never be, I could see how she got to that point. Her issues with her mother will resonate with many readers. Her mother tries to live through her little sister Mackenzie with the pageants and seems to have no time at all for Lexi. Lexi feels rejected and it’s so heartbreaking. I wanted to slap some sense into her mother! Poor Lexi.
Fans of fun contemporary novels will delight in REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY. This is for all the girls whose personalities are just as great as Lexi’s. Don’t let boys make you think appearance is everything; it isn’t. Lexi proves that with her shining persona and her charming story.