Monday, April 4, 2011

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:

At Penford High School, Brittany 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, Brittany is the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don’t know she exists. One lunch spent at Brittany’s table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.

But Brittany’s friendship comes with a high price tag, and April decides it’s not worth the cost. Inspiring and empowering, this is the story of one girl who decides to push back.

It's no secret that I absolutely adore the movie Mean Girls, so when I found out that Amy Holder's The Lipstick Laws was similar to it, I was even more excited about it.

As it turns out, I had every right to be that way, because The Lipstick Laws is pure gold. It's the book for every girl or boy out there who wanted to fight back when the "popular" girls tore them done but didn't know how to.

The Lipstick Laws tells the tale of April Bowers, a girl who's so not looking forward to her sophomore year of high school. For one, her best and only friend just moved away. Secondly, her parents just took away her cell phone, and she's obsessing over the fact that she has absolutely no boobs. Though, everything changes the day she gets pared up with Brittany Taylor, queen bee of Penford High School, in gym class. Brittany, who is always looking for a charity case to support, swoops April up into her evil grip, promising popularity, friends, and boys galore. Though, is Brittany as perfect or as nice as she appears to be? Plus, what will happen when she finds out about April's biggest secrets? Will she be there or manage to throw April to the dogs? And if the later occurs, will April fight back? Only time will tell in this highly addicting book of high school hierarchy.

April Bowers was naive but funny, loyal, and as it turns out, the perfect choice to lead this story. April was someone who while I liked and related to in many ways, I still wanted to shake on the shoulders sometimes for her silly decisions at times. Though, I have to admit, I could understand why she made the choices she did, and since she learned from most of them, I'll let her slide on it. One of the things I loved most about her was that when Brittany threw her to the dogs so to say, April didn't sit back and cower about it, instead she fought back ten times harder. I also loved the addition of the side characters such as Haley and the other Lipstick Lawbreakers as well. All were just as funny and loyal as April.

Another high point of this book was the premise and the execution was even better, thankfully! I loved the idea of The Lipstick Laws, especially every little plot line that came with it because they always managed to keep me on my feet, curious to see what would occur next. I loved Brittany's little group because while they were evil and self absorbed to the max, they still managed to be a blast to read about.

In all, Amy Holder has a fantastic debut within The Lipstick Laws, one that makes me excited to see what she has next for us, especially if it's a sequel to The Lipstick Laws.

Grade: A

The Lipstick Laws is now out!

Source: Netgalley

Book Trailer:


  1. The cover alone makes me want to read this one!

  2. Great review! Sounds like a fun beach read! Love the trailer and cover too :)

  3. I love the trailer, I hadn't seen it before! And this book was a great debut. I wonder if there will be a sequel?

    Nice review!

  4. Amy has done a great job with this book. Fun, naughty, thoughtful.

    Wouldn't it be fun to see it on the big screen?

    (great job on the review!)


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