Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Published: March 1, 2013
Interests: contemporary ya, realistic, humor, family
Summary (from Goodreads): 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
Review: This is a humorous and, at times, heartbreaking, quick read. I really like Lexi and her friends Benny and Cam. Benny and Cam reminded me a little of the Damian and Janis from Mean Girls. In fact, there is little of Mean Girls in this book–Lexi is trying to fit in with the “Beautiful People” by giving herself a makeover. The makeover part then led me to think about She’s All That. Both movies happen to on my favorite movies list so it was nice to see the connections in the book, whether they were intended or not. And of course, you can’t read this book without thinking about Toddlers & Tiaras or Honey Boo Boo. Lexi’s little sister, Mackenzie, participates in all things pageant every weekend and poor Lexi is forced to endure all things pageant too. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when Lexi is forced to put butt glue on her seven-year-old sister for the bikini competition. Lexi’s descriptions of high school are humorous and, dare I say, fairly accurate. I don’t want to give anything away but I did love the way book ended.
I’m looking forward to reading Eulberg’s other titles: The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice and Take Bow. I think she has just become one of my favorite authors.