April 13, 2011

ARC Review | The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date Published: April 4, 2011
Pages: 243 [eARC]
Chapters: 24 [eARC] 
Original Language: English
Source: NetGalley* 

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?

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Time for a girly approach. This is my first YA Contemporary read. I usually watch movies like this. And it makes me haul on laughing. Well… Let’s see about The Lipstick Laws shall we?

The Plot.  I remembered actually similar to this one. The movie,  Mean Girls. Yep! But not really similar on the storyline.  A friend told me that it is also a book and have a different title. Was that true? Anyway… This mostly involves on high school, love, part, popularity and the entire teenage social life. [If you want to add for this feel free to tell me]

The genesis of the story is all about, boobage [that’s what it mentioned on the book]. April Bowers had this very deep secret that only she has to carry. You’ll know it more once you read this one. It was funny, matter-of-factly. This book contains numerous humors and I loved it for that.

About the title. It stands by the name. The. Lipstick. Laws. It isn’t much of a surprised for me but I am interested about it. I was asking what’s with this law and how important it was. Then, on a sure call. A story of unpopular to unpopular then something went wrong and the story of unpopular that became popular is now a big wreck. I already know how that works. But gladly, it only took some couple of pages and there were a lot more.

Pay back is a very interesting word for a teen contemporary book. It is very unpredictable, different and funny. There is this part I really mentioned, “Deserves you right!”.

The Characters. April is a great protagonist. I like her sense of humor, her judgment and her unpopularity. My thoughts flash about the movie when I was reading it. I am very annoyed about Britney. At first a very nice person and then suddenly turned to be more of a jerk. I am pissed of her and I thought how Holder wrote her to be hateful by the readers. It was a great complexity how you felt about the characters of the book.

April is funny when she thought of something serious. She turned it out to be humorous for her sake. And it was good that she actually confront most of her problems.

Tiny Flaws. I wasn’t satisfied for the ending part. I felt it was incomplete though. The fact that Briteney didn’t learned anything. It was quite demolished that April’s side is the only one learned something and not the picture. I was able to swallow half of it and left choking on some parts. It wasn’t much of a disappointment, I should point out. But I wish it could stir something more to the story, making it more interesting.

The love triangle [if I am right], is short and less detailed. If you’re going to ask me, I may choose Delvin over Matt for April. There isn’t much of a triangle over those three and there are not much romantic things. I wasn’t much on interest on the protagonist love interest. Besides, how April is drooling over Matt whom I may say I lived liked and laughed most of the times.

Other Thoughts. The best thing that keeps this great is that it holding a huge moral lesson. Friendship. Nothing beats a great love from friends [aside from God and family, of course].  And even this doesn’t mention on the book, I thought of the words: No one is perfect. I am sure most of you would be inspired with this one. Well, most girls’ maybe. Lol! :]

I recommend this book for girls. Ahmm… Not sure for boys. Except me of course. Lol! It’s a good thing to hear something from a guy’s perspective, right?  In finale, you can learn something huge with this one and I am 100% sure of it. Well salute for Amy Holder and The Lipstick Laws. :]

*I received this free eGalley from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks guys!^^


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