Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality
Lexi is constantly bombarded with superficial values. Her mother and sister are addicted to the world of beauty pageants and devote every aspect of their life to them. For Lexi, who is dragged along for the ride, this means long car rides with her dysfunctional family, worries about the extreme amounts of money they’re wasting and dealing with her sister’s constant tantrums.
"I would recommend this book to any teenage girl who loves a light-hearted read with lots of juicy plot twists.'
Although she’s regularly exposed to the pageant world, Lexi doesn’t care about looks very much. Despite the fact that she loves fashion, she prefers to hide behind baggy clothes and messy hair. At school, she’s known as a nice girl with a “great personality” who has lots of friends, but she doesn’t really stand out in any way. Until the day she decides she’s sick of being overlooked.
In a matter of weeks, Lexi gets new hairstyles, clothes and makeup. With her new look comes new confidence, which she never knew she possessed. She catches the attention of the popular crowd and even snags one of the cutest boys in school. Caught between her old life and her new beginning, Lexi is forced to make some tough decisions regarding family, friends, money and the true meaning of beauty. Will she come out of it with her “great personality” intact?
REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY is a delightful romp through the dramas and traumas of high-school. With the perfect mix of suspense and humor, it is sure to please even reluctant readers. The main character, Lexi, was very easy to relate to, as were her experiences over the course of the novel.
I appreciate that the book promoted good values and ultimately had a good moral lesson. It gave insight into the vicious world of beauty pageants as well as the struggles many girls go through in an attempt to be seen as “beautiful” in the eyes of society. The ending was satisfying without being overly sugar-coated and unrealistic. I would recommend this book to any teenage girl who loves a light-hearted read with lots of juicy plot twists.
Reviewed by Jennifer B. on March 25, 2013