Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

23 Feb

Revenge of the GirlRevenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Copyright: 2013

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I am drawn to great titles.  Everyone has their own method of choosing what to pull off the shelf.  For some, the author alone does it.  For others, the cover intrigues them.  For me, the title alone among a list of titles will pull me.  It’s why I originally bought Sonya Sone’s One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies without reading a review or looking at the cover.  I never regretted that purchase either.

Mackenzie is a 7 year old beauty pageant contestant.  Lexi is her 16 year old sister, sitter, driver, dress maker and supporter.  But that’s all Lexi gets to do.  Lexi dresses in t-shirts, sweats, and hair in a pony tail and spends her weekends dreaming of the perfect guy and fading into the background.  Lexi’s best friend, Benny, bets her that if she dresses up with makeup and a dress at school, he’ll finally approach the guy he has a crush on too.

The plot is not terrible original – does Lexi get a date?  Do you care?  Well, yes, you do.  The characters are so real that the book just flies.  I like Lexi and I can understand and relate to the end of the book.  And I can relate to Lexi’s relationship with her sister.  I am the youngest child by several years in a family of three.  And, while my brother may have pushed me around, he wouldn’t let anyone else do it.  Neither does Lexi.

Recommended: Grades 7 & up

Author also wrote Prom & Prejudice, The Lonely Hearts Club, and Take a Bow.

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