Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2013
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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.
This one may be my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year. It’s both funny and heart-breaking, therefore, in my opinion, it’s good for your soul because it will make you laugh AND cry. And that’s something we could all stand to do more often, I think.
The book centers around Lexi, a young woman whose parents divorced several years before. Ever since then, the only thing that brings Lexi’s mom any sort of joy is Lexi’s sister’s beauty pageants. Of course this means that Lexi has to go along and help out, running errands and watching her mom dwindle away what little money they have even though her sister doesn’t always win the pageants. When she does, they still don’t get back most of the money her mom spends on dresses and makeup and pageant fees.
Fortunately for Lexi, she has two great best friends—Benny and Cam--who stick with her through thick and thin, even if they don’t know how bad things have gotten for her family. And she has Logan—who attends the same beauty pageants that Lexi is forced to go to because his girlfriend enters them, too. Unfortunately, he doesn’t show any real interest in Lexi until she starts changing how she looks and what she wears. But she does catch the eye of another guy from school named Taylor Riggins.
Lexi tries to solve her problems by deciding to change her venue, and decides she’s going to move in with her father when her mother crosses a line from which Lexi just can’t forgive her. But that plan doesn’t turn out how she hoped, either, and she’s forced to face her problems head-on. Which for Lexi, the girl who’s gone from “girl with the great personality” to “most talked about hottie,” isn’t as easy as it seems.
The voice in this book is so honest and so understandable, that just about any teen girl (or anyone who’s ever been one) is going to be able to relate to Lexi and some of the situations that she faces. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys young adult books, or for anyone who has ever felt they aren’t good enough being just who they are, because this is one that you won’t forget for a long time once you’re finished reading. I give this one five hearts!
The short and sweet version:
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work. She did, however, learn how to play Rachmaninoff’s Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the piano while writing Prom and Prejudice, so she’s not a total slacker.
The long and babbling version:
I was born in the small town of Portage, Wisconsin and am the youngest of four children. My father owned a clothing store, called (appropriately enough) Eulberg’s, that had been in my family since 1929. My mother was a teacher then stayed at home with us kids until I was old enough to go to school. She eventually became a high school librarian…at the high school I attended! (And no, she did not play favorites. Ever.)