Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: Debut Author Challenge
Release Date: April 4, 2011
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?
I was really excited to start The Lipstick Laws. I'd heard mixed reviews about it, and how it was similar to the movie Mean Girls. I didn't know whether or not I would like this book, but I am pleased to say that I did.
I read this book in practically one sitting, and it was an extremely fast-paced and entertaining read. It held my attention the entire time, and I really like the whole idea of the mean girl having to try to make things right to the people she's wronged.
I thought Britney was horrible, but I mean that in the best way possible, based on her character. She was bitchy, inconsiderate, and acted superior to all of her classmates. She was the perfect mean girl, and she really thought she was untouchable.
I loved how much character development there was in this book. April changed a lot through the book, and I love how she took the initiative to stand up to the girls that did her wrong and completely humiliated her.
The Lipstick Laws was a really easy, but enthralling, read. I didn't want to stop reading it, so I read it in two sittings.
The story flowed nicely, and I really think Amy Holder is an awesome author.
*HIGHLIGHT TO READ SPOILERS*
I thought the ending was suuuper cute. I love who April ends up with (especially since I didn't entirely expect it). I love the person April is at the end of the book, where she's happy with herself and has a great group of TRUE friends by her side, and a great boyfriend. I thought the ending was endearing. The message that I got out of the ending is just be yourself, and you'll find your true friends.
The cover's cute. I like how girly it is, and yet there is something about it that screams "fierce" to me, which I love.
I glance over at Brianna, who's grinding her teeth with spite.
"Hopefully you're not keeping anything from us. 'Cause we can kick you out any time," Britney warns. "So, I'd strongly suggest that you follow all of the laws all of the time. If you do that, we'll be your BFFs."
"Best friends forever?" I asked, feeling relieved.
"No, April! Unconditional acceptance leads to letting yourself go. We'll be your best friends 'till you F up!" she barks. Gulp. I feel my heart pounding out of my chest. Yes, it's a fact; I have sealed the deal. I stamped, certified, and lipsticked my life in a package sen through Priority Mail directly to the devil herself . . . and there's no turning back.
The Final Verdict:
I almost gave it four stars, except for the fact that it wasn't a very memorable read. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice read with a good message.