Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

revenge of the girlRevenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Age Group: Teen
Source: Netgalley
Book Depository
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Release Date: March 1, 2013

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

Having previously read, and enjoyed, two of Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels (Prom & Prejudice and The Lonely Hearts Club) I was thrilled when I was approved on Netgalley to read her newest novel.  I mean, how awesome does Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality sound?  I must say, however, that I wasn’t madly in love with this one.  I liked it, and enjoyed reading, but it didn’t wow me, or anything.

I think I was expecting something else from Revenge of the Girl than I got.  From the summary above, I assumed (I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to assume anything ) that Lexi was going to someone show the school that she is awesome, and totally datable, because of her wonderful personality.  What I got was Lexi (because her best friend sort of dared her to) dressing up, and piling on the makeup.  And then all of a sudden all these popular people (guys) take notice of her.  I just don’t buy that.  I think it is a whole hell of a lot more difficult to break out of your social group in school than just changing your clothes and hair and all that.  And it didn’t really feel like there was any “revenge” involved.  It wasn’t like Lexi said, okay, I’ve had it, I’m going to bring my A-game and get all the boys to take notice.  She started it because of some bets she had with one of her best friends, Benny.  Okay, I guess there was some revenge against her mother, but not really against the popular people in school.

That said, however, I did think the story was pretty fun.  There were some definitely laugh-out-loud moments, and I enjoyed seeing Lexi finally take a stand against her (crazy!) mother.  I thought Lexi was an interesting, likable (although not lovable) character.  I must say that I’m not sure Lexi’s personality was all that spectacular.  I mean, she just felt like a normal person (maybe that was the point, I don’t know?).  Sometimes I did want to grab Lexi by the shoulders and tell her to not do certain things.  But I did like her, overall.  I really liked Benny, and I have a little school-girl crush on Taylor.

Anyway, I did like this book.  I just feel like something, I’m not really sure what, was missing.  I have actually felt like that about the other two Eulberg novels I’ve read.  I’ve liked them well-enough, but there was just something that was missing.  And I felt like if that something was there, I would have LOVED those novels.  Anyway, if you decide to read this one, I recommend picking it up at the library first to see how you feel about it.  If you love it, great!  Then you can go out and buy your own copy.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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14 Responses to Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

  1. Hrm, I think I would have expected the same as you for this book. It’s too bad that the book didn’t pan out that way!

    • Quinn says:

      Yeah, I was a little disappointed. Again, I don’t think this book is terrible, but just not as wonderful as I was expecting. And not as wonderful as it could have been.

  2. Uhoh, I was all excited to read this one! Since I like Elizabeth Eulberg I still will, but I am adjusting my expectations accordingly!

    It sounds a lot like Grease – which means it sounds dated.

  3. Candice says:

    I haven’t read anything by Eulberg, so this was my first experience with her books. I really enjoyed it and thought it was cute, but I did have some major problems with Lexi’s transformation. It just didn’t seem… realistic? I don’t know… I guess I didn’t understand why she thought you had to be pretty OR personable (good personality). Why can’t you be both? Okay, I won’t rant about this… but yeah, agree with you on the review!

  4. It’s kind of sad that she felt like she had to pretty herself up to get boys. It would have been much better if somehow she continued to reject that part of teenage life and found a way to get all the guys without it. But it does still sound like a cute book. I have The Lonely Hearts Club and I hope to read it sometime soon. Great review!

  5. Oh, I have this on my Kindle. I like the point you make about how hard it is to break out of social groups in high school. That’s really true. I think there’s more to it than how you dress and whatnot. Like, where I went to school socioeconomic status really played into that and yeah it would definitely take more than a hair cut.

  6. I hate it when you have high expectations and it disappoints!

  7. Ink and Page says:

    I scrolled quickly past your review and the comments – I am reading this today and will post my review tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what you thought –

  8. beckireads says:

    I must admit that the title and the blurb for this book did grab me, but from your review it sounds like a slightly different book to what I was expecting. Thanks for the warning, I’ll probably pick it up anyway but I’ll try to read it without the expectations.

  9. Alanna says:

    Glad I checked this out. def. seems like one I’ll put on my library list for the summer.

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