Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance, Realistic
Release Date: March 1st 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is one of those books that one will be able to romp through in a very short amount of time. This book is fun, interesting, cute, but it can also be quite emotional at times. Sure, there are some clichés but the book is still a fun read. Comparing this book to a good pile of sweet candy would be pretty accurate. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is sweet and made me want to devour it as fast as possible.
And no, I didn’t eat a whole bag of candy awhile reading this book.
Okay, maybe a little bag of candy.
This is the story about the girl with the Great Personality. She doesn’t go on dates or gets invited to parties. She isn’t gorgeous either. She is only that girl with the Great Personality. She is almost always inferior to her other classmates as she doesn’t stand out much and she is always being compared to her bratty, beauty-queen little sister and taken for granted by her mother. The reader gets to see this girl who loathes being the girl with the Great Personality grow into a fine, strong young woman who knows that in fact, it is a good thing to have a Great Personality and proudly holds the label.
The things that I liked:
*The opening chapter. The book starts off with Lexi applying butt glue to her sister. How can that not interest you?
*Lexi is a well written character that I couldn’t get enough of. She is a determined, fun, and hardworking character that was absolutely refreshing to read about. Her voice is witty and kept me reading until the last page. Her development was also very nice.
*The novel was able to evoke a lot of emotion within me. Whether it was excitement, happiness, sadness, or outrage.
*Lexi’s sister Mackenzie also gets some character development. At first, she is very bratty and selfish but we start getting glimpses of how she feels about the pageants and the reader is able to sympathise with her.
*The fun. There was a lot of fun parts in this novel and I enjoyed them when they came 🙂
*The positive message. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality contains a very positive message: beauty is not what make who you are it is the personality that does.
Thing that were okay:
*The love interest. Taylor and Logan were okay but not that great. They both fell a little flat.
*Lexi’s parents. I wished that there was something that could have me feel at least some sympathy for them. Unfortunately, the only thing we see in this book is how careless, stupid, and selfish they are.
*Lexi’s friends. They felt very cookie-cutter to me. They did support Lexi and helped her when she needed it but I didn’t find any depth to them. Benny seemed like a comic relief and I am getting tired of homosexual characters being used as such. And Cam just didn’t have much page time.
Things that I disliked:
*The ending didn’t satisfy me. The reader doesn’t get to see what happens to Lexi and her family. It felt as if there should have been at least two more chapters to give the reader some closure.
Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is very well worth the read. It is poignant, fun, and contains a well written main character that will win you over. I enjoyed reading this novel immensely and I am sure many others will!
An advanced copy was provided in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.