The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Goodreads Description:
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?

My Review:

The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the striking cover that makes it hard to resist.  I normally avoid the whole mean girl subject as I am not a big fan but I thought I give it a try and well I was right, it isn't my thing.

The Lipstick Law is a fun and quick read that made me laugh out loud several times but as an older reader reading young adult fiction, I found this too young for me.  I couldn't relate to the characters and the choices they made.  Not that I didn't like April, the main character, she has all the factors that make her a adorable lead, but rather I couldn't understand her reasons why she let her so called friends treat her that way.  There just wasn't enough depth to the characters. 

However I do think younger teens will love this.  I am thinking of buying a copy for my 13 year old niece.  The fast moving plot and fun premise makes the pages just fly by.  Actually, I could see this book being made into a hit teen movie.

Overall, this book just wasn't my style.  Would I read something else by Amy Holder? Probably if the blurb on the book interested me.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Thank you to netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me a copy.

Read more reviews (there are lots of rave ones so maybe it was just me):  Goodreads

For more info: Amy Holder's website

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Misha said...

I have it on Netgalley too but I am not interested in reading it anymore. It doesn't seem like I will like it either.Thanks for the review!

Erika said...

This one has been on my wishlist for a while, and though it's not a priority, I'd still like to read it. Hopefully I enjoy it. Thanks for the review!

Jenny said...

Thanks for your honesty on this one Nic, as an older reader of YA as well, I think I'll pass as I often have trouble understanding certain teenage decisions as well and I'm sure it's because I'm out side of their target audience. Really nice review!

Melissa said...

It annoys the heck out of me when characters lack depth and are surface-level only. I'm glad it was ok for the target audience though. Great review, Nic :)

Jenny N. said...

I'm planning to read this closer to the release date. I have the same problem with relating to some characters but I still want to try this one out.

Missie said...

Hey Nic, You're right. The cover just grabs you. But if you didn't like the style, I probably wouldn't either. Thanks for the heads up.

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

I'll still have a crack at this one. I have a feeling I may have the same problems, but we'll see, eh? Thanks for the honest review!

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I dislike books that have no character depth. And if I can't connect to the characters? That's even worse. :/ I think I might still pick it up, because it sounds like a very light read. :) Thank you for your review. ♥

Small Review said...

Ooh, you're right, I can totally see this one as a teen movie.

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