Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Lipstick Laws

Amy Holder

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life as easily as snapping her perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.

For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. With zero friends and nothing close to a boyfriend, April is so unpopular, kids don't know she exists. That is, until Britney notices her. One lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.

But Britney's friendship comes with a price tag.

How much is April willing to pay?

My Take: 

Have you ever seen (one of my favorite movies) Mean Girls?  You know, before Lindsay Lohan was a total wreck?  Or maybe you've read the book the movie was based on, Queen Bees and Wannabes?  Well, if you are familiar with that plot line, you will also be familiar with The Lipstick Laws:  Popular girls with arbitrary yet strict rules take the new girl  under their wing and slowly get her to move away from her true friend.  True friend of new girl is the bitter ex-best friend of the Queen Bee and reasons for the fallout are mysterious.  New girl becomes just as bad as the popular girls, humiliation and boyfriend stealing ensues.  The Lipstick Laws is a much tamer  version, which is neither good nor bad, but the book was good in its own right regardless of the fact that the storyline has been done to death.  I thought the book was actually cute and enjoyable.  As with most books written for this age group, the main character learns the classic lessons: popularity isn't everything, finding true friendship, treat others as you would have them treat you, etc.  I enjoyed the main character and her self proclaimed "addiction" to stuffing her bra, which is fodder for most of the comedy in the book.  This book was fun, but I couldn't help comparing it to other versions with more accurate and biting commentary and insight into the jungle that is high school.  This is definitely a book a young teen would enjoy, but as they get older, they would probably not want to read it again because it has a lot of fluff and not enough substance.  Though it may not be a book you'd want to read over and over, it is a sweet feel good story and it is absolutely entertaining and worth that initial read.  3, Find a Used Book Store

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If The Lipstick Laws was a movie, it would likely be rated PG for some adult references

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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1 comment:

Savannah said...

Thank for your review! I think I'll still give this book a go since I've already got this on netgalley. Thanks for the warning about Mean girls and such, LOL.


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