Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Title: The Lipstick Laws
Author: Amy Holder
Pages: 240
Published: April 4th, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Synopsis: At Penford High School, Britney 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, 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?

I must admit, I wanted to read this book because I'm a complete cover slut. Yes. I said it. I'm a cover slut. And oddly enough, there is something about the lips on this cover that intrigue me.

Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder deeply reminded me of Mean Girls with and ending I enjoyed better. I think I may be the odd female out when I say that I didn't care for the movie Mean Girls all that much, but before you get any ideas, I did really really like this book. April Bowers, our main character, I feel for during this book. Maybe it's because I hated (with the passion of a trillion suns) high school. April though, she gets the chance to be in the popular group. Now, it takes a bit of a different turn than she would like, but isn't that truly the way it is supposed to be?

Amy Holder does a fabulous job at turning a story that we've all hear before, into something new and a bit twisted. The Lipstick Laws are more than just the title of the book. They are the evil plans of a sadistic Britney Taylor to take over the school...and she does. I've never quite understood what made popular people popular. I find it sad that a skinny waste and big boobs can put a girl at the top of the hierarchy, but 10 years ago, when I was in high school, that is exactly what happened. Maybe that's why I choose to read YA contemporary as much as I do, I'm always hoping for a happy ending, an ending that was nothing like mine and as wonderful as it aught to have been.

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder is something along those lines. With lessons taught and lessons learned, the fun just never stops and the cross dressing just keeps on giving. That's right, the cross dressing. Needless to say, this book wasn't boring and in the end, we see what good can come from misery.

I received this book free of charge from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. I'm a cover slut too, and I feel no shame about admitting it:) This sounds like a fun read, even though like you, I'm baffled as to what makes certain people popular! Really nice review Jen!

  2. "Cover slut" - LOL. It IS a striking cover. I'm not sure about the cross-dressing, though ...

  3. @ Susan - I just love the solid red color of the lipstick and how the title is on one of those little hearts we used to get in grade school. As for the cross dressing, it's a very small part by one boy who isn't in the book except to say that everyone is different in their own way. I thought it was quite funny because he is an undercover cross-dresser, not blatantly so. It made me giggle a bit, but it's not a focus of the story.

  4. The cover is indeed mesmerizing but I don't think I would like to read this one if you didn't write your review. I had horrible time in secondary school as well - I was never much of a looker, I was shy, I was a bit nerdy so you can imagine why. I met some bee queens who ignored me in the most royal way.


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