by Elizabeth Eulberg
by Point (an imprint of Scholastic)
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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,
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.
*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*
Wow, this was a pretty interesting read. When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be a very dark, sad, heartbreaking book, but it turned out to be kind of a fluffy coming-of-age story, and I kind of would have liked it better if it had stayed sad. I don’t really feel like the whole “girl who everyone thinks is ugly” and “becoming popular and learning about yourself” really fits together. The writing was really awesome, and I loved the humor that was added in. The story line was okay. The little things that Eulberg threw in to try and add to the story (like how Lexi wants to design clothes, the big “moment” back then) were totally see-through and annoying. I can see that Eulberg tried to make this an inspiring, “believe in yourself” book, but I gotta say, it didn’t really work very well…at least for me. The ending was kind of blah, I didn’t really like the way Eulberg decided to go with the story. But I think there might be a possibility of a sequel because the ending was very open.
I wasn’t really a huge fan of Lexi in this book, and I actually like the supporting characters better than the main character. Lexi felt like she was ugly, so she tried to change to make everyone else notice her and like her, and I know that Eulberg was making a point with this book that you shouldn’t do that, but it annoyed me to no end that Lexi kept on changing to please people. She came across as petty, weak, had no self-esteem, and let people walk all over her. And, funnily enough, she really didn’t have much personality, she just sat around cracking jokes that put herself down. The supporting characters had more personality than she did! Benny was gay and proud of it.
was confident and didn’t care what people said about her. Lexi needs to learn a thing or two from them.
I really, really wish I could have liked this book more, but for me it came across as a coming-of-age story fail, and a bad combination of ideas. While the supporting characters were awesome, Lexi was really pathetic, and I like my books to have strong main characters, especially in a book like this. Also, I don’t really get the title for this book, because Lexi isn’t malicious or anything, and she doesn’t try to get revenge. Ummmmmmmm?????????
3 pink flowers