The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Date: April 4, 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Description: (Shortened) At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee...and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. 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? Learn More on Goodreads
First line: Sitting near Darcy Madison on the school bus is enough to put anyone with woman-sprout issues over the edge.
Amy Holder puts a new spin on an old story. The Lipstick Laws is a Mean Girls meets Clueless with more of a story, more snark and more fun characters than possible in one book. Holder has a fresh, fun, funny voice in a world of YA that's overrun with angsty and sexy boys--not that those are a problem for anyone. :)
There were a lot of things I liked about this book, and a few I didn't. I loved that from beginning to end I was smiling. Smiling is good. Some of the characters were really well developed and I loved the idea that these girls had "laws." My favorite line of the book "Avoid red lipstick." Because that's the whole story.
April only wants to fit in--and with her best friend gone, she's got no one. That's why when Brittany and her group take notice of April, she pretends to be a new student and is soon part of their world of "Rank a Scank" and no clearance shelves. When Brittany and friends pull out the lipstick laws--a paper outlining the seven rules of popularity--April puts on the dreaded red lipstick and seals her fate with a kiss. That is, until it all comes crashing down and April goes from top of the world to scum. Now, she's forced to fight back and join forces with other lipstick law-breakers to give Brittany a taste of her own medicine.
Sounds fun right? That's because it is. It was hilarious and flirty, while still hitting bigger issues of body image, self-confidence and not judging people based on what they look like. Brittany was an atrocious character and you really, really want April to succeed in payback.
The story was full of little twists--and lots of fun moments. Sometimes, April was so frustrating to me in her naivity, but in the end she learns more about herself than she ever expected.
If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read, then check out this great debut!