Monday, February 25, 2013

Revenge of the Girl with The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

15703337Revenge of The Girl with The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point/Scholastic

Release Date: March 1, 2013

Source: NetGalley

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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 tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it. (from Goodreads)

I just love Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing style it’s so relatable, so funny without trying too hard to be and just so easy flowing that you can sit and read this novel and be done with it within a couple of hours, mainly because you just don’t want to put down this great story. I’ve only read The Lonely Hearts Club by Eulberg and really loved it, I really need to get my hands on her other two novels, this lady is not one to be missed.

Lexi, oh poor Lexi,, the things she has to go through with that hateful mother of hers just drove me insane! I wanted that woman to die or a heart attack or something and this is big for me because I usually don’t wish fictional characters death while I’m reading a book, but oh this woman just aggravated me. She used poor Lexi the whole time throughout this novel and it was all to get her youngest daughter into these hateful beauty pageants. I wanted so many times to see Lexi stand up for herself and say NO for a change, it was infuriating but I also couldn’t stop myself from reading it. During those hateful moments of the despicable things that go on in beauty pageants and all the things they make those poor little girls do, we see Lexi trying to figure herself out a bit. She starts dressing up and putting makeup on for the first time in years and getting lots of attention which any girl at her age would be glad to have. At times I kept shaking my head saying “Lexi don’t do it, say no” but then I totally understood and related to her, those times during high school are so hard, I remember myself going through so many phases to be able to fit in and be liked by certain people that I could definitely understand where Lexi was coming from and why she craved this attention from other people when she didn’t even get it from her own mother.

I loved that we see Lexi grow throughout this novel, we see her realize what’s really important and finding herself in the process, and it definitely didn’t require the acceptance from others but from herself. Elizabeth Eulberg did an incredible job in this novel touching on that subject of loving yourself for who you are and also on the craziness that are beauty pageants and how it doesn’t always help those girls’ self esteem but damages them and tears them apart from the inside. I couldn’t get enough of this novel and the characters in it, Lexi’s friends were the best! I didn’t even realize I was at the end of it until I flipped the page to the acknowledgements section. I really wanted more from Lexi’s world and her awesome friends. I think this is the type of novel that every teen and girl that questions herself needs to read, one that will make you see that beauty on the inside and acceptance of yourself is much better than hair and makeup.

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  1. I just read this book last week and I agree with you 100% on the mother! Oh my goodness she was awful!! What did you think of the ending though? I felt like there were too many lose ends. Overall I enjoyed the book. Eulberg has a great sense of humor that comes across in her writing.

    1. yeah, I know what you mean by the ending. There were quite a few things unresolved that I wanted to see come to a close but I was just happy to see Lexi finally accepting herself and be happy. =)

  2. Totally have to ask you about the ending too. (Like Ginger.) I was also surprised when I was at the acknowledgement section. I felt like I was missing some chapters... while I was happy for what Lexi learned during the book, there was a deeper story there that Eulberg didn't crack entirely. I still love her writing and sense of humor, and will pick up all of her books but I was like DAMMIT THAT WAS SO CLOSE TO PERFECT IF ONLY... ya know?

    1. I actually started reading the acknowledgement section because I thought it was part of the book, then I realized it wasn't. Silly me! I didn't really think the ending was great either but I really liked the story overall. I also wish there could've been something more w/ the mother problem. I guess she just wants the reader to use their imagination as to what it would happen next. =/

    2. I totally started reading the acknowledgements too & then saw David Levithan's name and was like, wait what??!!! haha

  3. That was a great review. I received a copy from NetGalley and can't wait to start reading it.

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  4. I've never read any of Eulberg's books...looks like they are a fun read. Great review.