Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

by Elizabeth Eulberg


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ISBN-13: 9780545476997
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college in Syracuse and making a career in the New York City book biz. She is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom and Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and We Can Work It Out. You can find her on the Web at

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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
BailsChris More than 1 year ago
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.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be funny, so I picked it up while I was in the mood for something humorous. Initially I was disappointed that it wasn't a laugh out loud type of book, especially since the blurb claims it is "hilarious", but it was still very entertaining. Lexi is a sweet girl with a great personality, but she is tired of being stuck in the friend zone. Eventually, she accepts a friend's challenge to put more effort into her appearance. She then has to start navigating the tricky world of boys, jealous baby sisters, and insecure popular girls. The story itself is interesting, and the inclusion of beauty pageants and the behind-the-scenes look at the pageant families adds something fresh to an otherwise formulaic plot. My biggest gripe with the story is Logan. This is a bit of a spoiler, so don't read this if you don't want to know anything. All through the book, Logan comes across as sweet, caring, and sincere. He is desperately clinging on to the last shreds of his relationship with his girlfriend, and he is super nice to Lexi. As soon as he and Lexi go out, he suddenly turns into a jerk. I just didn't find the way that whole thing played out to be very believable. I did love Taylor and I thought he was a great addition to the story. He was a good example of how a boy should treat a girl. I am interested to see if this will turn into a series.
Read4YA More than 1 year ago
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a great contemporary young adult novel with a strong voice.  Lexi is the girl next door. Everybody likes her for her great personality, but she’s tired of sitting on the sidelines. And she’s tired of playing second fiddle to her bratty little sister, Mackenzie. Unfortunately, Mac’s beauty pageant needs come first to the point that Lexi’s mother struggles to even pay the bills.   After her friend Benny issues a challenge, Lexi puts on makeup for the first time and wears clothes that show off her curves instead of her hiding them. It doesn’t take long for Lexi to get noticed by some of the boys. If only hottie Logan would dump his pageant winning girlfriend for Lexi, then her life would be almost perfect. At least it would be a step in the right direction. Lexi’s transformation is subtle in its transparency. She never truly loses herself from the wallflower that she once was to the popular girl she thinks she needs to become, but she does change throughout the novel as she comes into her own. She’s realistic in what she needs, and in what she wants.  Lexi’s family life is intense and dramatic without losing any realism.  This is a great coming of age novel that can be devoured in one sitting.  Recommendation: Fans of Kody Keplinger and Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things” should pick this up. 
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
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
AmyO122 More than 1 year ago
Every time I pick up one of Elizabeth Eulberg's books I don't think it can be better than her last one. She continues to prove me wrong. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality blew me away. I honestly don't even know where to start with this book. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I've struggled to write a review because I can't put it all into words. This is one of those books that I want to hug and not share with anyone unless they promise to love it but I also want to stand in the YA section and hand it to everyone that walks passed. In an attempt to not ramble/gush too much I'm just going to make a list of what I loved about this book. -Lexi. I couldn't believe how much I connected with her. One of my favorite things about reading is finding characters like Lexi. It's a beautiful moment in a book when you meet a character and say "Oh, I know you." -Lexi's friends (the real ones) made me smile and remind me of the wonderful people I have in my life as a support system.  -Elizabeth's ability to recreate that awkward high school experience amazes me. She does it time and time again in her books. The angst, the social pressure, the drama, the fun- it's all there in this book and  it makes me very glad that I can relive those days from afar. (Those weren't my best years- awkward was an understatement for me.) -This book deals with some really tough issues. Issues that made me cry. What I love about Elizabeth's writing is that she isn't afraid to tackle these issues and that she tackles them with humor. I think I love this because that's how I deal with most things in my life. To quote another writer I admire- “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” ~Joss Whedon. Elizabeth does this exact thing and it makes for brilliant story telling.  -The humor- I know I mentioned this in the last comment but aside from the humor in the serious situations there is a lot of funny that happens day to day. Any book that deals with child beauty pageants is bound to be humorous- RGGP does not disappoint in the laugh out loud moments.  Ok, I'm going to stop there because if I don't this review is going to be out of control. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a book that I wish I had read in high school. The message in this book is one that every single person needs. The day that we realize that a great personality is the most important thing is the day we become free. The earlier in life we understand that concept the luckier we are. Go buy this book today!! You won't regret it!
Deidra_Simply_Books More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Easy and nice to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion I really think that this book is good, reading the back of the cover wanted me to read the whole book and I did. This was the first Drama book I read & I'm really not into Drama books. The book kind of upset me because Lexi the main character was really jealous of her younger sister Mackenzie just because she was prettier then her. Mackenzie was in beauty pageants and thats where all the money went to. Their mother never gave attention to the older sister Lexi I think if your mother of two children you should show the same love for both of your children. It was funny how Lexi changed the whole way she looked and dress so she could get her crush to like her & so she could get attention. But then she finally realized that it wasn't all about wearing tiaras, fake hair, and makeup. So did her little sister Mackenzie she told Lexi that she didn't want to do pageants anymore because all the kids make fun of her at school. Lexi then had an idea she had the Makeup Artist at one of her sisters pageants do her hair crazy and to make her make up look like a clown. After she was finished they called Makenzie up on to stage but Lexi ended up coming on the stage she then was telling all the mothers how they shouldn't have their children wear all this makeup & fake hair because its all a waste of money. Some parents agreed and some were shocked their mother in the audience was very upset what Lexi did she was embarrassed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know what you're thinking right now "God not another book about high school drama," I know the feeling. But on the contrary I can guaranty you that this book is amazing and changes your look on the high school life of a teen. The Revenge of the Girl with a Great Personality is a high school romantic comedy about Alexis Anderson, by Elizabeth Eulberg.  Other works not done by Elizabeth but still related to it are books like Dear Cassie, a book about a girl who doesn't want to but can't control herself from falling in love with him.  The Revenge is done by none other than Alexis (Lexi) Anderson, the stories protagonist. She's just a normal high school nobody in big old Texas until she gets annoyed with her invisibility and changes her appearance to look like everyone else. She thinks that her life will change for the better, boys are finally going to get interested, the 'Beautiful Ones" are going to be her friends, but will it feel right, will it feel like her.   This feels like a story straight out of Mean Girls am I right? I mean the "Beautiful Ones" and the "Plastics" are a lot alike in the sense that all they care about is you're appearance and putting others down to put themselves up. But the story really isn't about those people it's about Lexi and Katy and their descend into the horrors of their high school peers. They change their appearances for the approval of their so called "friends" but realize that they are just slowly losing the real person on the inside and turning into their "friends". Don’t get me wrong these two stories have a bit of a cliché but every high school romantic comedy has their own flare to it, which Elizabeth has very much so made interesting and new.   After my experience of reading this magnificent novel I rate this book full 5 stars. My reasoning being that I myself haven't experienced that much of a struggle in high school but this book made me feel the ways that Lexi felt, with her happiness for her exciting triumphs and her sadness when she felt overwhelmed just like ever high school student should feel. I recommend this book for pre-teens and teens, maybe even adults for the reason being that they will have a fun time looking at their future or their even past, but the book does talk about high school topic that I think only older kids or adults will understand.  
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Lexi knows she is smart and funny--even if she might not be quite as smart as her friend Cam or quite as funny as her friend Benny. Cam and Benny keep telling Lexi she isn't bad looking, but whatever that's what friends say. At the end of the day Lexi has a Great personality with a capital "G" making her the witty girl everyone likes. Which is fine. It's not like there's room for another beauty in her family anyway. Not when her mother channels all of their energy and time (and more of their money than they can spare) into baby sister Mackenzie's beauty pageant competitions. Mac is only seven and she's already spoiled and bratty, she already wears false eyelashes and needs butt glue for the bathing suit portion of each pageant. Seriously, Lexi has enough going on without wasting even more time making herself pretty. The only problem is Lexi is tired of being that girl. The one all the guys talk to but no one asks out--the one her long time crush Logan considers a really great friend and nothing else. When an opportunity comes to get Benny out of his own shell and talking to a real live boy he likes, Lexi reluctantly takes it even though she has to wear actual makeup (lip gloss doesn't count), nice clothes (no more too-big t-shirts), and style her hair (hairspray: not for sissies). Turns out a change in appearance can do a lot to improve a girl's social status. But family problems and new friends (and crushes) force Lexi to ask some tough questions about herself and do some things that even a Great personality won't make easy in Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (2013) by Elizabeth Eulberg. At a mere 272 pages, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality has a lot going on. Eulberg touches on matters including divorce, family dynamics, beauty pageant culture (of course), even popularity and bullying. Lexi is a smart, funny girl but she is also fiercely independent and loyal almost to a fault. She is an aspiring fashion designer with dreams of leaving Texas behind for the bright lights of New York City. There are some terrible moments for Lexi throughout the story as readers learn why Lexi decided it was easier to try to be funny than pretty. The pageant issue for Lexi's family also comes to a head with painful results for everyone involved as Eulberg, through Lexi, asks the tough questions about what it means to parade children' around a stage in pageantry wear. The issue is generally balanced though by the end Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality does get a bit preachy about pageant culture--not to say Lexi's feelings aren't justified, after everything that happens they totally are--to the point of being a bit over the top, much like pageants themselves. But again, this is a short read. While Eulberg touches on a variety of things, nothing is quite finished by the end of the novel as Lexi is still dealing with a very broken, damaged family and the aftermath of some of her choices throughout the narrative. There is no doubt Lexi (and even Mackenzie) will pick themselves up and start again (and I love the choice Lexi makes at the end to try and do just that) but it would have been nice to see just a bit more of that in the actual story. Similarly, Cam and Benny are strong friends and had the potential to be well-rounded characters had there been more room in the book for them to have complete stories. (Much like aspects of Lexi's life, both Cam and Benny feature in the story for key reasons but the threads are ultimately left dangling--though again with certainty that things will work out because these characters deserve nothing less.) As always Eulberg's writing is funny and fresh from her clever chapter titles to Lexi's insightful observations about both pageant culture and high school life. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a great read for anyone looking for a few laughs and a lot of heart with just a touch of Texas to taste. Possible Pairings: The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen, Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti, Miss Smithers by Susan Juby, Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales, A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell, Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee, Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, though i do wish that the author had told us more on what was to become of lexi and taylor's relationship and that lexis mom was finally sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but it was a little predictable. Also Mac acted way older than a seven year old
rayvn More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but... I wasn't happy about the ending. It left kind of opened as though a sequel could be coming. dont get me wrong, i loved the book. it made me smile, laugh a little, even cry but when I read a book I want there to be closure with ALL the characters. **********SPOILER ALERT..... All we know is that Lexi and her sister are going to be ok, what about their mom, does she ever come back home? Taylor, I mean, she says she wants to try again, but it seems like he won't ever talk to her again, even Ben! Come on, does his parents find out?! There are still so many questions I feel that are left unanswered. But I still enjoyed the book! :) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I couldnt put it down! I finished it in less them a day and found it to be a page turner. I fell in love with the characters and since im a huge fan of Toddlers and Tiaras, even though I'm well aware that they are a terrible thing to do to children, i found this book enjoable. Loved the plot, characters, everything about this book! Its a great read and i definetaly recommend it! :D
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I found so many quotes in this book that I could spot-on relate to! It made me really love this story and see myself in Lexi. I would definitely read it again amd again! I could literally feel Lexi's anger towards her mother, and I got actual butterflies in my stomach when she was on her first date and her first kiss and all that! I bought the book just after reading the title because I have been labeled with having "a great personality" a number of times. But with that said, by the time I finished the book, I was proud of my label! Read this book! I plan on reading her other books soon!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic and a must read for all teen girls. Almost every one will find themselves relating to Lexie as she strugles through her life. Readers will enjoy her spirit d how well bh handles what life has thrown her way.
BrittB0 More than 1 year ago
Really cute, fun book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books are then ones read over and over and never get bored
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book. It reminded me so much of honey boo boo especially the mother. I reccomend it.