Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
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 ...more
“So you’re cool that he only showed interest in you once you got all glam?”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.
“Yes!” Benny and I say in unison.
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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, ...more
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 always a ...more
I mean, with this quote
“You’re just jealous because you’re ugly.”...more
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
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 ...more
Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek
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 ...more
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. ...more
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...more
And no, I didn’t eat a whole bag o ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
First things first, let's dissect The Title-
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The importance that Lexi’s family places on beauty makes her an empathetic teenager readers pity but cannot hel ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 Per ...more