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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  4,754 ratings  ·  707 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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Point
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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.


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
jv poore
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yes. The book is as good as the title. I love a story of self-discovery and acceptance through trial and error. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality centers around that theme, but is so much more.

Lexi is an almost-typical teen living with an atypical family. Her narcissistic, unhappy mother that tries valiantly to live vicariously through her youngest daughter is easy to despise, yet somehow, manages to elicit a bit of empathy here and there. The young sister appears as a despicable,
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 novel 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
Fafa's Book Corner
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book through GR. It sounded really good, light and just what I needed. I was very happy that this was in my library. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The book begins with Lexi at her little sisters beauty pageant. As always Lexi is cheering Mac on. Lexi hates pageants. Her mother ends up spending a lot of money just for her sister to wear this cheap plastic tiara.

When Lexi was younger her parents would alwa
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
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

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
Sarah Marie
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

4 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 be

Lottie Eve
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked 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 o
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Maggie Boyd
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lexi spends all her time at beauty pageants for her little sister. After her parent's divorced, her mom got fat and then got determined - determined that her toddler Mac would become a beauty pageant winner. The family has spent the last several years using money and time they don't have on the toddlers and tiara circuit. And now they are on the edge of implosion - Mac is a seven year old brat who throws tantrums over everything, Lexi is working her butt off just to get her hands on fresh fruits ...more
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
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
You should know that I did not read this entire book. But I feel compelled to write a review lest I ever cross paths with this book again and think "oh, that sounds like a fluffy fun YA read...'

This is not about a girl with a great personality "getting revenge." This is a book about an abusive mother, splashed with a diatribe against child beauty pageants. I would like to state for the record that I am very much against child abuse and despise beauty pageants for children. I just didn't want to
Three stars for character development and four stars for the protagonist not ending up with either of the love interests. Three stars for saying a great personality is all you need; fuck yeah for eating loads of junk food and not cuddling up to your boyf but instead your best friends. FUCK YEAH!!

Okay, so maybe there was no revenge and maybe there was pretty much no plot line to it apart from a non-existent love triangle and the mother stealing four grand from the kid but I liked the concept.
A fun fluff book with a focus on what beauty (both inner and outer) really means.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Brittany S.
Initial Reactions:This was a super cute and really fun read!
I've been there - The friend. The girl with the great personality.... And zero interest from guys - So I know exactly how Lexi feels. I'm sure most of us have (or at least felt like it) and I've gone through the same kind of life lessons and realizations to truly be happy with myself.

I really liked the way the story ended too (with one major/minor exception) - Without giving the end away, I was hoping it would go like that for the mos
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
Shall we begin?

First things first, let's dissect The Title-

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

1. "Revenge"
Hey You, imagine revenge... an evil scientist rubbing his hands together, cackling...

Or these eyes plotting horrible things to do to you.

Now You, stop imagining.
Revenge in this book is...

Our main character, Lexi, putting on makeup. Her big plan of revenge on all the people who haven't appreciated her (more on that later) is giving herself a makeover. Well, woopity doo.

2. "The gi
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
Jun 23, 2013 added it
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a book about pretty. From what it does to a person to who it does and does not describe, this vague adjective becomes the basis for the entire novel as the protagonist lives with people who are obsessed with it and tries to achieve it herself. This emphasis on looks is the cause of my praise for and criticism of Elizabeth Eulberg’s book.

The importance that Lexi’s family places on beauty makes her an empathetic teenager readers pity but cannot hel
Elizabeth Drake

This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: The cover is cute, though a bit simplistic for my taste. I might prefer if it had something in the background, like a mirror that the lipstick was scrawled on...

The Gist: Lexi has spent years catering to her 7 year old sister turned pageant princess. She sews, she primps, she meets the ever-increasing demands of her overbearing mother. She is known as the girl with the "great personality" and she is ready for a chan
Cheyenne Teska
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, for-review
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
Jen Ryland
Feb 28, 2013 added it
Shelves: netgalley
*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
Emily Blake
*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*

Wow, this was a pretty interesting read. When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be a very dark, sad, heartbreaking book, but it turned out to be kind of a fluffy coming-of-age story, and I kind of would have liked it better if it had stayed sad. I don’t really feel like the whole “girl who everyone thinks is ugly” and “becoming popular and learning about yourself” really fits together. The writing was really awesome, and
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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, We Can Work it Out, Just Another Girl, Past Perfec

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