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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I honestly didn't know what I would think of this book when I fi

I honestly didn't know what I would think of this book when I first began reading it but it blew me away. If there was a six star rating on Goodreads or even on my blog, I would be giving it to this book. This novel is very true to today's world, where our societies pla...
I honestly didn't know what I would think of this book when I first began reading it but it blew me away. If there was a six star rating on Goodreads or even on my blog, I would be giving it to this book. This novel is very true to today's world, where our societies place a huge emphasis on beauty, perfection, and using unnatural products to gain 'natural' looks. The problem I see is the fact that I see myself in Lexi. I see my insecurities, my problems, and my fears through the eyes of a girl who is just trying to figure herself in a world where all you get is mixed signals. I see my friends and my family members in Lexi because she is a very real character. 
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg is the story of Lexi, a girl who has watched her sister be paraded around in pageants and objectified by judges. She has been told for years that she has a great personality but isn't as pretty as her seven year-old sister. After putting up with this treatment for years, she decides to do a makeover and see if anyone will notice her. She just might lose herself along the way. Is there really anything worthwhile in trying to fit into what society wants? What good can come from hours of makeup, picking out clothes, and doing hair? Sure, maybe it might be worth it. But not if you forget yourself in what everyone else wants from you.

posted by BailsChris on March 9, 2013

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Rating: 2.5 Lexi is used to being the unnoticed one. Her sis

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 chee...
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 have and she’s not sure that she’s liking what she’s turned into.




The set-up of this book, from the beauty pageant world to the overweight, unhappy mother and the blossoming girl are all ripe with possibility. Unfortunately, the potential was not fulfilled.




The fact that Lexi’s sister gets all of the attention, the mom uses food and pageants as a substitute for happiness; I get that. I can also easily understand Lexi getting marginalized because she’s not the focus, not the “pretty” one. I even understand her mixed feelings about making “improvements” to herself with makeup, a new hairstyle and clothing and whether that makes her no better than the pageant people. These are all great, realistic issues.




So what kept me from connecting to this book? First of all, I don’t think that Lexi held herself to the same standards that she held others. She has this huge crush on Logan, and the adjective “hottest” is used. She thinks he’s amazing and sweet, too, but she is obviously attracted to him. And when she has her makeover? She’s later angry that the guys who now noticed her had never liked her before. The narrative made it sound like she really didn’t care about how she looked, so - duh - of course if the makeover makes you look different, people are going to notice.




Her pageant-going sister, Mackenzie, is seven years old. As Lexi starts to take more care in her appearance, Mac gets very upset. This is when I first noticed that Mac spoke like she was 25, not seven. She had observations that a kid that age, especially one that’s self-centered, just wouldn’t have. They seemed very mature for a child.




Also, about Logan. He’s just being himself, then, as soon as she stops liking him, she smells cigarettes and beer on his breath, something we never saw before. It seemed like overkill, a way to get the reader to agree with why Lexi ends her super long-standing crush.




I am all about girl power, but I am wary of books where characters say things like “I have never done this before because I am usually so shy...” or “I usually keep my mouth shut, but now I have all of this confidence...” Yes, I think YA is about changes and growing up; but sometimes these revelations are more of a plot device than realistic. I felt like Lexi honestly did improve when she cared more about her appearance; there is nothing wrong with that. Then she negated it all - she couldn’t see that by having others notice her, maybe wasn’t a totally bad thing. It’s easy to get someone’s attention, harder to keep it. She still would have had to use her personality for people to stay interested, right?




Truly, real live girls should not base their self-esteem on what others think or how a person looks, but there is a happy medium there, one where a girl can put on mascara and wear clothes that look good on her without feeling like she’s sold her soul to Sephora or Forever 21.




The Bottom Line: I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it seems more cautionary tale than good story, and it suffers because of it.




Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg was published March 1, 2013 by Point. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the Author.




Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Mild profanity

posted by InkandPage on March 2, 2013

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    After taking my first look at the cover of Revenge of the Girl w

    After taking my first look at the cover of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality I knew that I was going to have to plunge into author Elizabeth Eulberg’s novel about beauty pageants and girls that consider themselves average. I loved every minute that I spent reading the novel. Seriously, it’s been a while since I’ve hated parental figures in literature and though I’ve never watched a full episode of Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo every pageant chapter had me thinking of that show. So… to the review.

    Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality follows the life of main character Lexi; a fun-loving girl with a great personality. It doesn’t matter who sees Lexi, compared to her beauty pageant contestant seven year old sister—Lexi is average. She may have the brains, but in the beauty department guys seem to find Lexi lacking. They say she has a great personality and really, isn’t that just a nice way of saying that she’s nice but nothing special to look at? When Lexi and her best friend go through a series of dares she suddenly finds herself wearing make-up, styling her hair and dressing in outfits that show off her curves.

    Everybody can now see that Lexi isn’t the same awkward girl she once was. Now she’s caught the eye of one of the most desirable guys in school and is becoming one of the popular girls. She doesn’t want to leave the compliments behind or stop being the apple of everybody’s eye. However Lexi’s bitter mother who favors Lexi’s sister Mac over Lexi is beginning to show her true colors. She accuses Lexi of being jealous of Mac’s beauty and demands Lexi help cover the expanses required for Mac to continue going to pageants.

    There’s something wrong with this picture. Why does Mac not seem as interested in pageants as Lexi believed? Why is Lexi’s mother so cruel? Can the Lexi handle being a girl with a great personality and great looks?

    First off I just want to say how kick-butt this novel was. The writing itself was addictive. I’d be reading and just get lost in how comedic the writing style would be but also how serious it is at the same time. The only author I can even compare Eulberg’s writing style would have to be Michael Rubens (author of Sons of the 613). Really, this is the type of novel that I think anybody can get lost in. I’m a reader who doesn’t get to read much teen fiction but after reading Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality that could change very, very fast.

    Lexi is the type of character that I think a lot of teenage girls will be able to relate to and idolize. It might not be a great thing that they’ll be reading about a girl who shouts at her mother (but only when there’s reason) or a girl who begins to be blinded by all the perks that come with being one of the pretty and popular girls. What I do think a lot of teens will see in Lexi is a girl who is tired of being ignored by her crushes (a.k.a. Crush Rejection a.k.a. the non-reciprocated “I-like-like-you”) and tired of knowing that her appearance is the reason behind it.

    I used to know those feels and they are not fun. When Lexi takes a stand against it and throws on some make-up and nice clothes, she’s suddenly the belle of the ball. Some of what I wrote might be viewed as unrealistic in some cases, but the novel can reach girls to be comfortable with who they are and be proud of it. This is definitely the novel for girls who want a main character that can help them get over their insecurities.

    Never have I been so emotional over a Mom in a novel. Lexi’s mother was a character that I disliked right from the moment she was first introduced. The way she favored Mac over Lexi had me fuming and the way she treated and spoke to Lexi—Gah! I hated her! Hate, hate, hated! I mean really, she’s half the reason why Lexi’s self-esteem was so terrible. Such a terrible person. Loved that Eulberg managed to create a character that I could just openly despise. This is the type of Mom character where if a mother is reading and nodding her head saying ‘I do that, all the time, totes legit’ you should probably get help.

    I’d recommend Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality to readers who are looking for a main character with a journey that can help them overcome certain personal issues. Readers who are big fans of comedic moments and teen fiction will love this title. Anybody who is just looking for a novel that can get you riled up and emotional better get Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality a.s.a.p.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    good book but strong oppinions

    it was good book but the ending left u hanging. also being a pagent girl the authors strong rude oppinions came out in the story through her characters

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Incredible!!! Why I Loved It: Oh the laughs I had reading thi


    Incredible!!! Why I Loved It: Oh the laughs I had reading this book. Lexi is part of a pageant family, which takes up a lot of time and lots and lots of money. On a dare, she goes from the girl with the great personality to the girl who looks good enough people don't look at the personality. But the ride? Oh it's tons of fun. The laughs I found in the book totally made my day. The voice was pretty high school-ish, so if that doesn't sounds appealing to you, you might want to stay away. For me, it was part of the charm of the book.

    I am have never been part of pageants, and I avoid Toddlers in Tiaras like the flu. Honestly though, the book managed to capture the horrors and the quirks of pageants. She didn't dismiss them all together, just certain aspects. I can't even begin to imagine the research that was involved. Pairing the pageant with Lexi's search for what makes her happy was an awesome compare and contrast throughout the book. Lexi sees the world around her though the lens of being part of a pageant family.

    There was so much to love about Lexi: her heart, her sense of humor, her work ethic, and her family devotion in the midst of chaos. Everything about Lexi was actually real. There was a love triangle in the book that didn't follow the normal trend. Lexi worked hard, and she had a mom that was crazy. Man there were moments that I hated what the mom stood for. And my gosh there were moments I needed to slap something.

    Lexi's story is not all about a makeover or the girl who gets a makeover and then learns. Lexi's story is about family and being who you are because you want to. I know that the latter is pretty common, but it is presented in such a way that will make you laugh and scream and throw things and love what Lexi stands for. You will fall in love with her friends, and cheer on Lexi in her search. You will feel the joys and frustrations of being a teen in a very real way. The book is fabulous!

    Who Should Read It: This is a great contemporary read. For those doing the contemporary challenge, ADD IT!!

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