Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (Elizabeth Eulberg)

The Deets:

Audience: YA
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780545476997
Publisher: March 1st 2013 by Point
Genre: Contemporary
Source: library book


Revenge of the Girl with the Great PersonalityA 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.



Well, who doesn't like a book about a dysfunctional family? If you like reading about other people's brand of crazy, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is for you. 

As I read this book, I kept thinking back to The Ugly Duckling. It may seem cliche, but that's exactly what's going on. Lexi is told she's ugly until she basically discovers wax and makeup. Then, BAM! Instant hottie. 

Of course, there are other things going on at the same time to keep things interesting. Lexi discovers that, like herself, people aren't always what they seem-- and this has a wide range of complications for her. 

I group Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality under "beach reads" because it's a perfect read for when you don't want to think too deeply. It's quick and light. The characters are pretty straight forward, and I wouldn't say they undergo any overly drastic changes or growth. The dialogue is believable, so you get a good dose of contemporary fiction here. Also, at times there are snippets of wit and humor that will make you smile and maybe laughed inwardly, but nothing that will make you throw sand at your bestie in the chair next to you so that you can share what's on the page. 

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Summer Library Challenge (hosted by The Book Monsters) June-July 2014

Every summer I try to read as many books as I possibly can. I prefer a reading vacation to just about anything else.

I was super excited to see that there is a library challenge being hosted by The Book Monsters. I'm a teacher, and I'm broke. Seriously. I have no more space for books on my shelves, and I'm pretty certain my husband would throw me out if I bought another paperback. So, I've been busy requesting books from the library.

I'm getting to know the front desk pretty well with my weekly stops. I'm getting books for myself and both kids too. It only seems natural that I join this challenge since I'm doing it anyway!

Simply put, my goals for the summer are to read the Sunshine State Readers and Teen Reads books that my book clubs will be reviewing/featuring this upcoming school year. I need to read the Teen Reads books to prepare for Battle of the Books in spring. I'm really doing double duty here.

If you're using your public library, and want to join this challenge, you can find more information HERE.


Riot (Sarah Mussi)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: May 1st 2014 by Hodder Children's
ISBN: 9781444910100
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi
Source: eARC from Netgalley


RiotIt is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

But it is all so blatantly unfair - the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won't.

It's time for the young to take to the streets. It's time for them to RIOT:

OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE. 




Well, A+ for creativity and a unique concept. The idea of forced sterilization has actually come up in conversation with my co-workers, so you know I was surprised to see it as a major plot driver in a YA novel.

While the idea behind the plot in this book is interesting, a lot of questions were not thoroughly thought out. For instance, what happens if a person is in college but has to leave to take care of a sick family member? If they don't go back to school or get a job, are they part of the class that gets sterilized? There were many what-ifs that should have been dealt with to make the plot more solid. 

Also, like all good dystopians with a corrupt government, more detail to the alleged conspiracy needed to  be given. That was such a huge part of the turning point in the novel, but it was glanced over. I felt like the action just ended within a few pages, which was disappointing. 

Overall, I'm not a huge fan. I gave it a 3 because the idea was original but it was a weak story.


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