Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Age Group: Teen
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.
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.