Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality - Elizabeth Eulberg

Summary: 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. (Summary and image from goodreads.com)

Review: I'm a sucker for a good Pygmalion retelling. Seriously, I always have been. I wore out my grandparents' copy of My Fair Lady from watching it so many times ... it's still one of my very favorite movies. And when you're in the middle of a funk, it's always best to go back to whatever tropes you know will cheer you up.

This is a good spin on the familiar storyline.  Taking the comfortable storyline of Pygmalion and interspersing a bit of Taming of the Shrew makes for a fun and a quick read. Lexi's growth into a young woman who knows her own mind, isn't afraid to speak the truth--even when it will hurt the most, and her dogged pursuit of what she truly wants is a fun journey to take. Yes, there are missteps.  Yes, there are heartbreaks. Yes, there are misunderstood and almost abusive parent types that nearly tore my heart out. But to see the triumphs, small or great, allowed me to fly through this book and simply enjoy the ride.

Rating: Three stars

For the Sensitive Reader: The mother is NOT a good parent and that could be a trigger.

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