The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder, Review

Posted 30 March, 2011 by Danny in / 0 Comments

The Lipstick Laws

by Amy Holder (website)
copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
publication April 4th by Graphia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
amazon (Paperback, Kindle), synopsis from goodreads.
2011 Debut

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?

This book was your typical YA contemporary novel. The unpopular girl suddenly gets attention form the popular girl who is super pretty but also super dump and mean.

April is alone after her friend moved away so she’s looking to a year of loneliness, but then something happens and she found herself recognized from the itGirls, the one that rule the school.

First happy she soon sees how absolutely mean Brittany really is…

I liked the book, it was really fun to read and I was most definitely entertained by this girl fight!  April was a funny character to follow and she most definitely had the heart on the right place. Being invisible is never easy and there she got the chance to finally be someone! The Lipstick laws were laws created from Brittany which are not only cruel but also ridiculous to follow, yet April signs it.

I guess what bothered me was that everything was so predicable. April signs the lipstick laws and it was clear things go downhill from there one. I won’t spoil what happens, but it was easy to figure out for me.
Later on, April reflects a lot about why Brittany is the way she is and the book clearly delivers some pretty good messages. But it felt forced for me.

In addition, April tries to fight back after she got kicked out from Brittany and ..uhhoohhh… I was cringing the whole time thinking Oh April is doing the same mistakes. I get the wish for revenge but instead of staying true to herself she did the same things she hated about Brittany.

The end however made up for this one and I feel like April did learn her lesson, although not completely, also this felt a bit forced at the end to be honest…

Bottom Line
I truly enjoyed this battle of popular mean kids vs. the invisible good hearted kids and I absolutely love the humor in it and the funny voice of April. The plot, the way April changes and the end felt a bit too forced and predicable, but if you love stories like this you will most definitely find yourself enjoying this one!

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