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Monday, April 22, 2013

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Last year I read Elizabeth Eulberg's Take A Bow, so when I came across Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and realized that it was a new contemporary, I knew I had to read it. Plus, that title was enough to draw me in on it's own, combined with that stark white cover and lipstick font - I was hooked.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Lexi. I thought Lexi was pretty great. She was funny, and honest, and a little naive at times which made her all the more endearing. There wasn't a whole lot of character development in the story, but she does learn some lessons in her experiments. 2) Mac. Who here has seen an episode, any episode of Toddlers and Tiaras? Don't be ashamed to admit it, we've all been there. Anyway, Mac is "that girl." You know the ones. Those little girls from the show who are just...well, the phrase that comes to mind is one my Gma says - "too big for their britches." I mean, she is the epitome of a spoiled brat. Especially when her mother is around. It's almost nauseating. But I loved it because it was soooooo funny. I mean, why do people keep watching Toddlers and Tiaras? There's just something about it that keeps people coming back for more. And that's what was going on with Mac. And then finally, towards the end, she finally gets real and you can appreciate that even more because of how awful she was in the beginning. 3) The light humor. There was a lot of exaggeration in his book, but instead of sounding overblown, it just made it funny. That's one of the best things about Elizabeth Eulberg's books, at least the ones that I've read, is that they have a lot of lightness to them, but she manages to throw a great lesson in there too for her characters. She unapologetically tells you right up front what lesson she wants her characters to learn, and then uses humor as a way to keep the reader engaged all the while you are wondering if they are actually going to learn their lesson, and in Revenge's case, make a point! 4) The beauty pageant angle. This was an interesting way to tie Lexi's school issues together with her home life. Admittedly my knowledge of beauty pageants is limited to Miss Congeniality and Toddlers and Tiaras, but I loved the way she used it as a catalyst for Lexi's life.

What I Didn't Like: Well, I think calling Lexi popular (in the summary) is a bit of a stretch. She's more like...the girl that they use to get homework answers from. They'll be cordial, even friendly to her, but it's not like they hang out with her, or invite her to parties or anything. So....popular is pushing it. Also, her crush, Logan. Why? That's my questions. Why did she even like him at all?

Overall Thoughts: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a great one-shot contemporary. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh, give you some great characters to be friends with, and a new venue for life lessons, Elizabeth Eulberg's newest should be added to your TBR list!

My Rating: 4 shots


  1. Lexi sounds like a good MC! This seems like a story worth checking out.

    Nice review! :)

  2. GReat review! it was a good book, a lot different than i thought it was gonna be tho. I thought the ending was a bit bittersweet but i liked it.
    GReat blog, feel free to stop by and check out mine.

  3. I really like Elizabeth Eulberg, but I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It was okay, but it didn't knock my socks off or anything. I like The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice a lot more.

    Glad you quite enjoyed it, though.


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