Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Summary Provided by Goodreads:

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.

I requested The Lipstick Laws from netgalley and though it looked cute, I honestly did not have high expectations for it. I was so wrong! This book had everything and I absolutely loved it! I am so happy that I read it, and will be buying my own copy as soon as I have some extra cash.

April Bowers is an unpopular teenager. She has no friends, but other teens don’t make fun of her because they don’t even know that she exists. She is so invisible that when she tells a group of popular girls who she has gone to school with for years, that she just moved here and is new to the school, they believe her! April then becomes “friends” with the most popular girl in school, Brittany, and April couldn’t be happier. She thinks this is what high school is about. The more time she spends with the popular crowd, the more she realizes these girls are not people she wants to be around. They even have a list of laws, known as The Lipstick Laws that she needs to follow. If April breaks one of the holy laws, she gets kicked out of the group. Eventually, April breaks one of the rules, and now Brittany is set to ruin her life. But April is not going to let Brittany get away with it and she will do anything in her power to finally put Brittany in her place.

April was a really awesome character. She was so funny and I loved that she was willing to stick up for herself. I enjoy watching characters grow, and April definitely grew throughout the story. When April decides to take control, she meets more of Brittany’s "rejects" and these girls were awesome together. They were so much fun and really cared about each other. This is what friendship is supposed to be about, not Brittany’s warped version of it.

While The Lipstick Laws is definitely a fun read, I think it has a deeper meaning and a wonderful message for teenage girls. It is about being yourself and not being ashamed of who you really are. Girls already have a hard enough time in high school without having to prove themselves to popular girls.

The Lipstick Laws is a quick and fun read that I would definitely recommend!  


  1. This sounds cute! Thanks for the review, I think I'll check it out now!

  2. Those girls were so creepy with their "laws;" it makes me so happy that I wasn't popular in high school.


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