Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Wallflower



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 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

 That title? It's being sarcastic. This book, or at least the greater part of the book, was about the girl with NO personality. Or the incredibly weak personality. And then, BAM, she pops, and turns even worse. Turns into a phony pretty girl. And then in the end, the very, very end,  she turns into a semi-admirable character, and I find myself liking her just the teensiest little bit.

This book deals with a very controversial topic. There's a lot of talk out there about beauty pageants for kids, and this book dealt with that beautifully; I loved the pageant parts, actually. But Lexi, that main character, is so indecisive, so personality-less, so wallflowery for so much of the book, it physically hurts. The only reason she thinks she has such a great personality is because that's what everybody says. Th redeeming qualities? She got her act together before the book ended, and she turned into a semi-likeable MC. In fact, the end is straight-out amazing. Not everything is perfect, but there is hope. My favorite kind of ending. Though the way she has no clue of who she is, of how she follows whoever so blindly, (which, if I failed to mention, she does for most of the book), that just keeps battling with the good ending, the discovery of self, at the end, a battle of five-stars bad with five-stars good, which leaves me with a three-star book rating. You should read this book. Just be sure to get it from the library, though.

Quotes:

Something tells me that's not going to happen here.
And that something is the buzz kill called reality.

And the ending (which was surprisingly good, considering):

I, Lexi Anderson, am proud to say  that I do, indeed, have a great personality.
And it's only a matter of time before the Beautiful People will be wishing they had great personalities, too. 
Good luck with that, oh Beautiful Ones.
Because we Great Girls are the rarest breed.

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from the publisher