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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  3,004 ratings  ·  528 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Point
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“So you’re cool that he only showed interest in you once you got all glam?”
“Yes!” Benny and I say in unison.
The book's title is rather misleading, for one, there's no "revenge." For another, the sorta-but-not-really-"revenge" of the "girl with the great personality" is to become hot.

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I get it. This is an YA book, and in the scheme of adolescent thinking, beauty is everything. I'm trying not to offend any high schoolers here, but generally, the teenaged mind seeks the most simple explanation, a
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Avery TheLibrariansDaughter
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I'm Mackenzie, I'm seven and I'm a beauty queen. None of those other girls are going to beat me HONEY BOO BOO CHILD!!!!!

Okay I've been meaning to post this review for a few days, but since it's exam week that has been a little hard. First off I want to thank Jv Poore for giving me her ARC of this book, I really enjoyed it, so thanks again.

On to the book. There's alot of debates regarding beauty pageants, do kids actually want to do t
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Jill
This review will probably be longer than the short book itself, but unfortunately the author has inspired me to go off on a diatribe.

Eulberg tries to incorporate some good messages into this story but I’m not sure she doesn’t undermine herself at most turns. Her biggest messages seem to be:

(1) There is nothing “wrong” with being gay; in fact, there is no reason for gay kids and their romances and romance angstiness to be treated any differently than hetero romance and angst. The author does a g
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Rose
Book, you had a cheerleader in me at the beginning. But you lost me somwhere after halfway through.

I mean, with this quote
“You’re just jealous because you’re ugly.”
And like that, the camel’s back has been broken. I turn around and see panic flicker in her eyes. She knows she’s gone too far. But instead of forgiving her, I say, “Yeah, well, I’d rather be ugly on the outside than on the inside. I can be painted up to look like one of your precious beauty queens, but you’re always going to be an u
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Natalie (Natflix&Books)
3.5

A cute, quick read set in the world of little-girl beauty pageants.

So over Christmas break my sister made me watch some child pageant reality show on TLC or whatever, not the Honey Boo-Boo one (which, I'm sorry, is truly the most despicable thing on tv--the show, not the girl), but some other show that follows a group of child pageant contestants, but is really about the crazy moms and families (my sister is a perfectly intelligent woman btw, she just has horrible taste in tv shows). So I w
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Naoms

Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

3.5 Stars

Lexi has a great personality. She is funny and is a lot of fun to be around. Everyone likes her, but no one wants to date her. Add to that the fact that Lexi’s kid sister is a beauty queen who controls all of the attention and you have one self-deprecating heroine. Lexie doesn’t think she’s beautiful and doesn’t think she’ll get the guy, until her best friend challenges her. If Lexie wants her bf Benny to take the plunge then
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Lottie Eve
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 o
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Kristina
I am a huge, huge fan of Elizabeth Eulberg and Take a Bow was one of my favorite books that I read last year. When I saw Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality on netgalley, I was so excited to start reading it. With a title like that, how could it not be good? Revenge was a fun, quick read and it was everything that I was expecting and more!

I loved Lexi as a character. In her family, she isn't considered the pretty one, that title is reserved for her 7 year old beauty queen sister (thin
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Sarah Marie
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

4.5 stars

Lexi is funny, popular, and smart… but she’s never been one of those girls. You know the beautiful ones? The ones that boys hold doors open for, whistle at, and flirt with. She’s always just been the girl with the great personality. She stopped caring about her appearance and sees no point in competing with her beautiful sister, Mackenzie. Mackenzie is what every girl strives to be and she’s only seven. When her and her

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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
What the synopsis doesn't tell you is that Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is about more than just appearance vs. inner beauty. It's about Lexi's family, and her struggles after her parents divorce. To me, this is a family book with a lot of comedy, and a nice shot of self-esteem.

Lexi's mom is obsessed with her sister Mackenzie's pageant career, even though the family can't afford the thousands of dollars that they sink into pageanting for hair, makeup, clothes, choreography, etc.
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Stephanie A.
Book candy. "Average" looking girl wears makeup, people trip over themselves when they see the difference, and then the makeup-wearer realizes, "Oh no, people only respect me when I'm artificially beautiful!" (Even though I think a makeover just gets your foot in the door so that people realize you exist and are interesting regardless of how you look.) The parts I liked best were when she was screaming at her horrible, self-absorbed mother who puts the family into debt to keep her sister in page ...more
Katy
Ahhh!!! I love it! I hate it! I thought it would make me laugh. It actually made me cry! Okay, deep breaths.

Well, I really needed to get my mind off Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, so I just wanted a light, quick, cute, fun read, and what's better than a "hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out out the wallflower so she can bloom." So why not.

I admit, it took me a little while to get into the book, because it was your cliche, by-the-book story about the older
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Mehsi
Pageants, make-overs, family drama, friendship, romance, this all is found in this deliciously wonderful book!

Lexi was an absolutely lovely girl, I loved how apparently she was popular, yet not that kind of popular. More like the girl to laugh with and the girl to talk with, but not the girl that you come to for a date or some romance.
Add to that, that she is a dedicated supporter for her sister, who is a pageant competitor. However, she doesn't really like that. Especially since her mom just s
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Abbie
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... But let's be honest, people tend to gravitate towards more physically attractive individuals even if they have the personality of a rock.

This book addresses many issues such as self-image, family dynamics, self-esteem, and friendship.

The book stars Lexi. The smart, funny, and down-to-earth girl who hides behind her pageant sister's shadow. Her mom is basically depressed after separating from her husband and has thrown herself into being this monster pagea
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Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

My awesome baby-sitting skills have become sort of a running joke in my family. My sister even mentioned them in her maid of honor speech at my wedding. My name is Estelle and I used to tie my sister to a chair in front of the television. For the record, it wasn’t because she was a snot to me. She just would not sit still. And hey, she turned out okay? So really, this was not traumatic at all.

A few pages into Elizabeth Eulberg’s new book and let
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Emm Roy
The title was misleading. There wasn't really any revenge, and as much as the book told me over and over again that the main character had a good personality, I never really saw it (but that's just my opinion. If you saw it,power to you).

I really liked Benny and Cam although they were very flat characters with no real personalities as were most characters in the book.

- SPOILER ALERT -

There wasn't much conclusion to the abusive parent story arc
(because having a parent that is constantly callin
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Lauren
A fun fluff book with a focus on what beauty (both inner and outer) really means.
Sam
Jan 10, 2015 Sam rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one.
Things I liked about this book:
1. The Mom. She was an interesting character with several dimensions and I would have liked to read her story.
2. The younger daughter. Mackenzie was also a delight, switching rapidly from one of the small drama queens you might see on Toddlers & Tiaras to a normal seven-year-old who just wants to play and be loved. I appreciate the author not villainizing her.

Things I did not like about this book:
1. Full of shit. It is one thing for a character to have problema
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Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews on my blog, The Armchair Librarian.


Mean Girls+ She's All That+ Toddlers in Tiaras = Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality!



Lexi is that girl. The one who all the guys want to be "friends" with but none of whom want to date. The one, in other words, with "the great personality."



Her younger sister, Mackenzie, is a seven-year-old pageant princess, and the apple of her mother's eye. Lexi's needs are constantly put on hold for the sake of her sister's. She has to wo
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Tedi
As an avid read of YA, what I've noticed is that there is YA that is largely applicable to the general population, and YA that is truly meant for actual YAs. I would say that this book falls into the latter category. While the story was not bad, the things that I was truly interested in and wanted to explore, such as the main characters relationship with her family and how she was going to navigate the caustic side effects of addiction, were barely touched on. The novel spent a great deal of tim ...more
Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Why did I want to read Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg? The title was a huge motivating factor. Then I found out beauty pageants were involved too and couldn't resit. It's a good book, though not entirely what I expected it to be and I was a little disappointed as a result.

Lexi is enslaved to her mother's obsession with making Mackenzie the next great pageant queen. Lexi sews for the pageants and works at a
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Bookworm1858
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read all of Eulberg's previous work and I feel like I really click with her writing style so I was thrilled to check this one out especially as I would certainly consider myself a girl with a great personality (ahem :)

Our main character is Lexi and she has long bemoaned the way that boys skip over her, recognizing that she's fun and funny but paying attention to the pretty girls. In an effort to encourage boldness in h
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Kristen Unger
This story has a great protagonist, as the title indicates, largely because she's quick witted, insightful, and tenacious. I was really glad that her actions throughout the book were largely consistent with the way she was portrayed. However, this made some of the secondary characters feel unrealistic. Mac did not speak like a seven year old, their mother was the kind of hot mess best witnessed on Toddlers and Tiaras, and Logan went from being cast in a heavenly romanticized glow to being a weak ...more
BookChic Club
First off, a disclaimer: I LOVE Eulberg's books SO MUCH. So I might be a little biased when it comes to new releases from her. I basically just love them instantly. This one isn't as good as her previous book, Take a Bow, but it's still pretty darn good. I loved Lexi's voice and Eulberg always shines with the humor she infuses into her novels. I giggled out loud quite a few times.

It was interesting to see the whole pageant world, and how it affected Lexi's family in many different ways. The fami
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Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
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 g ...more
Katie Watkins
Lexi is a teen with a pageant-obsessed mom, a spoiled brat of a little sister, and a semi-absent dad. Her mom spends money they don't have on her little sister's beauty pageants and causes Lexi some anxiety. She kind of compensates by not dressing up; not wearing makeup; not doing her hair. Her best friends, Benny and Cam, are the best support she could have. Everyone loves Lexi--because she's got a great personality. Which, in code words (to Lexi, anyway) are words of social death. When Benny d ...more
Erica
Gosh, Elizabeth Eulberg never fails to impress me with her writing. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is not only a well written book, but is also a story that is so important to tell. While not everyone can relate to the world of pageants, the emotions and situations that Lexi finds herself in can be transferred to the every day world.

I can't remember that last book that evoked such strong emotions from me - I was so invested in Lexi's story from the get go and could not believe so
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Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 2.5

Lexi is used to being the unnoticed one. Her sister, Mackenzie, is part of the pageant set, so Lexi’s world and weekends pretty much revolve around Mac. The plus side is that her crush, Logan, usually goes to the shows; the downside is he’s there to cheer on his girlfriend. Then, a bet with one of her best friends pushes Lexi from wallflower to noticed, and at first, she’s happy about it. But the family dynamic has shifted, she’s worried about her mother spending money she doesn’t hav
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Jen Ryland
Mar 01, 2013 Jen Ryland added it
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*I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for possible review*

Lexi dreams of being a fashion designer, gets dragged to the kiddie beauty pageants that her little sister competes in, and is secretly in love with a Logan, a guy who (inexplicably) also accompanies his beauty queen girlfriend to all her pageants. When Lexi overhears Logan telling a friend that she has a "great personality," she decides to glam herself up. When Lexi sees that pageants are bankrupting her family, she decide
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Cheyenne Teska
We've all heard of Toddlers and Tiaras, but we've never seen it from the sibling's perspective. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality tells the story of Lexi, a teenage girl whose entire life revolves around trying to please her mother and younger sister. When the family is struggling with money due to Mackenzie's pageants, Lexi decides to step up. Someone has to be responsible for their well-being, right? Unfortunately, Lexi is still just a kid and she deserves to live a little too. In ...more
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The short and sweet version:
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and We Can Work it Out. She lives outside of M
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