Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Release Date: April 4, 2011
Publisher: Graphia

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? -

Review 2 on this year's Debut Author Challenge!

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover.  I hate to say that I'm the kind of person who will judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to books, well, I do sometimes.  A good cover will often have me picking up the book and buying it, and I am often pleasantly surprised by what I find inside.  This is the case with The Lipstick Laws.

This was a highly enjoyable, light, and cute read.  The pacing is really fast, so I was able to read through this one in a relatively quick amount of time, and I really loved it.  April was a character I, or anyone, could relate to.  If you've ever been to high school, you understand the dynamic involved in this story.  A little-known girl who wants to be popular.  The group of untouchable girls who you both hate, but at the same time, want so badly to fit in with in order to achieve social status at school.

At first, I thought Britney and the other "mean girls" were going to be very cliche, but the author brought a great uniqueness to them.  They invent The Lipstick Laws, which brings a new twist into an older story, but she also gave the girls their own flaws that make their behavior more understandable.  They aren't mean just for the sake of being mean.  Maybe they might act the way they do because of their own insecurities, pasts, or issues.  I thought this gave a great lesson to the reader on why you should "walk a mile" in someone's shoes before judging.

I enjoyed the romantic element in the story, although it was rather secondary to the main story.  I am a gal who really loves her romance, so I thought it would disappoint me that the romance wasn't the main focus.  It didn't, though.  I was too busy rooting for April in the awesome actions she takes against the "laws."

All in all, this was a very fun, light-hearted story, and I really enjoyed it.  I look forward to future stories from this great new author!

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