Monday, July 1, 2013

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a YA contemporary novel by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Everybody likes Lexi.

She’s funny, smart, self-deprecating and… well, likable.

But she’s not the girl that gets the dates, the attention, and the notice of guys… She’s the one guys like to hang out with because she has a “great personality”.

The kiss of death.

On top of that, her seven-year-old sister Mackenzie is a pageant girl – praised for her beauty.

Deciding enough is enough, Lexi steps out of the sidelines. Maybe with some makeup and better clothes her longtime, sadly attached crush Logan will notice her, maybe her pageant-obsessed Mom will be proud of her, and maybe she’ll finally get a date.

It’s time to be noticed for more than a “great personality”.

There’s going to be a ton of readers who will love Revenge of the Girl with a Great Personality. I’m happy for them!

Unhappily, it was not me.

I really enjoyed Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom and Prejudice, but since then I haven’t been as charmed. Take a Bow was just… not that great for me. And Revenge of the Girl with a Great Personality was actually kinda disappointing, I’m sad to say.

After A Curse Dark as Gold, I was hoping for a light, quick and easy read here – that I got!

In many ways, the basic premise spoke to me – I think a lot of us reader girls can agree that it might apply. Yet, I had clung to a string of hope that it wouldn’t be a makeover book – and it sort of was.

What really bothered me was how easy it was for Lexi to change from mousy to gorgeous with some new clothes, hair and makeup. It’s not that simple for most of us. Instead of her being legitimately perhaps “plain” or even overweight – which lets not beat around the bush here, a lot of us are, and are not represented often in novels – she’s apparently a beautiful girl who’s been purposely hiding it in baggy clothes and a lack of trying.

That’s fine and all – but not what interested me much.

Lexi also wasn’t that likable to me. Was she occasionally funny? Yeah. Her parental and family issues were certainly sad – I empathized and felt that was all done pretty well. Yet I could not relate to her easily.

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality was fast-paced with some good vibes of empowerment and fun – but the plot sometimes bordered on cutesy cliché. Her scenes with her best friends, especially Benny, felt strained and awkward.

I would’ve liked it all to feel more genuine – and to maybe make the transition not so easy, physically, for Lexi. I would’ve liked some of the plot twists to not feel so obvious.

But – you might love it just as it is!

In the end, I didn’t find the Revenge all that satisfying…

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