Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Title: The Lipstick Laws
Author: Amy Holder
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Graphia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
e-ARC, 237 pages (via Netgalley)
Date Published: April 4, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.   For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.   But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?
The Lipstick Laws is a relatively simple story that, while a bit clichéd, still has enough witty dialogue and personality behind the main character to be a nice read. The mean girls are mean, the geeky kids are geeky, and a good amount or moral dilemma and dawning realization make this fade into the sea of YA books a bit, but not enough for me not to read it through.

April, the main character and an all-around no one, suddenly finds herself creating a lie about who she is so she can have some friends. Her best friend moved away and she capitalizes on her anonymity at school, falling in with the mean – but popular – girls and becoming more and more like them. To start off, April is very likable, but she gradually becomes exactly like the people she claims to hate. There’s a moment of predictable realization, but Amy Holder is able to keep the story fun enough with the characters snarky one-liners.

My biggest problem with the book was that April claimed to have hated the way the mean girls treated her and others, but she turned around and did the same exact thing. The starts another group – much like seemingly evil Britney Taylor’s Lipstick Laws – with the sole intent for revenge. In the end, lessons are learned and people ‘change,’ but I had a hard time swallowing April and her new friend’s schemes at revenge. At times they were funny, but then they just got to be too much and took things too far.

The Lipstick Laws
is a sometimes light, generally funny, but surprisingly deeper book that young teens could easily relate to. A lot of it felt like a young teen’s journey to find herself and where she fit in her school, with her friends, and the kind of person she wanted to be. There is mild swearing, but the story and the message is very much age-appropriate to new high school, and even older middle school, girls.

Opening line: Sitting near Darcy Madison on the school bus is enough to put anyone with woman-sprout issues over the edge. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: Every time I’m in Britney’s room, I immediately think of a drag queen’s dressing room. Not that I’ve ever seen a drag queen’s dressing room . . . or even know what one would look like, for that matter. But I just assume that it might look like a glitter fairy threw up pink sparkles and sequins all over it. And that’s exactly what Brit’s room looks like – a pink glitter fairy’s vomit factory. ~ pg. 52

*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
 *This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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~The Book Pixie said...

I've been on the fence about this one lately and I'm thinking this may be one to pass on. The more reviews I read the more I think that while it may be a 'good' book, I just don't think it's for me. Especially considering all the books out there that I'm dying to read. I appreciate the honesty. Great review girl. :)


P.E. said...

I really want to read The Lipstck Laws. Though the story may be a bit cliché like you said, I always enjoy witty dialogue. Thanks for the review :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great review! I appreciate your honesty, especially since I was considering reading this book, but now I think I'll skip it.

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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I hope my review doesn't turn anyone completely off of The Lipstick Laws. It is a good read, but definitely directed more towards a younger YA audience. If you enjoy books with younger narrators, then go for it!

Deirdra - Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and giving me the award and thanks for being a follower :)

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