Release: April 4, 2011
Paperback: 240 pages
Paperback: 240 pages
3.5 out of 5 Robots!
April Bowers is pretty much invisible at Penford High School. It’s the beginning of her sophomore year and her best (and only) friend has moved away. She’s a compulsive bra-stuffer, currently cell-phone-less, and dreading the first day of school. But she soon finds herself sucked into the crazy world that is high school popularity when the Queen Bee, Britney Taylor, takes April under her wing. Britney gets absolutely any and everything she wants. She introduces April to the exclusive Lipstick Laws, which are a number of guidelines and rules to live by. But when April breaks one of the laws she’s quickly kicked to the curb and shunned by Britney, her clique, and most of the school. But April isn’t one to cower in the corner and cry about things. She is determined to get revenge, especially when Britney goes after April’s crush. No one messes with one’s crushes or exes…it’s in the Lipstick Laws!
The Lipstick Laws definitely has a “Mean Girls” feel to it. I admit I both liked and disliked April. I loved watching her finally stand up for herself in the end. But there were times she was too hypocritical and petty for my tastes. Of course, that’s part of the moral of the story but I kind wanted to shake the girl. I had no problem hating Britney; she’s the villain! But she’s a perfect example of how a screwed up family life can shape a person and their personality. There were times when I felt a bit bad for her but she’s true “mean girl” material.
There were many delightfully funny parts throughout the story. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the Lipstick Lawbreakers. I felt that April’s new friends could have been developed a little more or could have had a little more “air time” in the story though. I was actually rooting for the guy that had the crush on April. But I was pretty satisfied in the end with April’s choices.
On a funny personal note: I’m actually good friends with a girl named Brittany Taylor. I found it pretty hilarious that the villain in the story has the same name because my Brittany is one of the sweetest and funniest girls I’ve ever known. I can’t wait to tell her about her literary doppelganger! She enjoys reading and I think she’ll get a kick out of The Lipstick Laws.
I think a lot of readers, young and old, will find The Lipstick Laws appealing in some way. The book mimics what high school students all over the world have to go through in some form or the other. All readers may not be able to relate to the characters but I think the morals of the story and the overall effect will hit home with many. I think anyone who is looking for a fun, cute, and “mean girls” type read should give The Lipstick Laws a shot.
The cover is actually what made me want to read the book. I love the chick-lit feel and it of course it goes very well with the story.