Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2013-03-01
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
I’ve been on a bit of a contemporary kick lately, and I bought Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality months ago, so I decided to give it a shot, and I’m really glad I did. It was definitely what I needed, a light, fun, contemporary read.
I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler, since it happens fairly early on, but I was surprised by Lexi’s transformation. Maybe it’s just me, but the description led me to believe that she came to this decision by herself, whereas it was really her friend Benny who put her up to it. Not really a big deal, but it did change the story a little from what I thought it was going to be.
I really liked Lexi. She had a great personality (lol), and her friends were great. Her mother and sister, however? I kind of wanted to punch them in the face. (Yes, even though they’re fictional, and her sister was seven, they were jerks, and I didn’t like them.) Ugh, especially her mom. I don’t know if it’s the great writing or the mom in me, but I really couldn’t stand her!
The storyline was a little bit predictable at times, but I still really liked it. Like I said, it was a light, fun read.
My biggest problem with this book was the ending. There were some really great things, but I also just wanted a little more. I wanted to know how everything played out. Overall, it was pretty good, though.