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The Lipstick Laws

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,018 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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 the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don’t know she exists. O ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2011)
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Emily May
If you don't take this book too seriously, it's a fun and enjoyable read filled with laugh-out-loud moments. It's not particularly life-changing and the angst is only small-scale (thank god) but this is what made it so refreshing. It's the age-old story of surviving high school and all the cliques, bitchiness, gossiping and heartbreak that goes with it. Put simply, this is a novel about boyfriends, girlfriends, and make-up. Naturally, it's full of jealousies and insecurities as well but the tone ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Nic rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: younger teens
Shelves: arc, young-adult
The first thing that grab me about this book was the striking cover that makes it hard to resist. Normally, I would say no to 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 still 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, 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 Ap
I loved this book!

Filled with witty, laugh-out-loud moments, The Lipstick Laws had my attention from the first page. Each character was unique, some lovable and others loathe-able. I loved April, her Lipstick Lawbreakers and of course, McGerk. From a disastrous beginning to a happy ending, I loved experiencing April's journey and watching her grow (and get some well earned revenge).

I won't say much as I don't want to spoil this for anyone else, but there was not a dull moment in the book in my
Total DNF for me. I think this is my first ever DNF too.

It was just so tired and cliched. The characters weren't so much cardboard cut outs as strange archetypes constructed from tissue paper. The story was cliched, the set up overtly familiar, the teen speak often cringeworthy and the archetypal high school teenagers tired and boring.

It was trying so hard to be Mean Girls and failed miserably. Tina Fey's movie works well, even though it's a derivative set up, because it's smart. Regina George i
This tried to be Mean Girls for tweens and it failed miserably. I thought maybe I read this at the wrong time with the sweltering heat and the power outage caused by electrical fires in front of some fucking idiots’ houses who think they’re so cool for renting to a billion people and buying even more air conditioners to keep their empty heads a frigid 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Seriously I like the smell of burning wires and kerosene better than this book.

April Bowers has been in the same high schoo
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The Lipstick Laws is one of those books that is good to read when you have been too immersed in out-of-this-world books, particularly ones full of magic or suspense or people chasing other people to kill them. This is the kind of book that you'd want to read to get back to reality, to remind you that real life could also be as exciting (and sometimes, as terrifying) as fantasy ones.

I picked up The Lipstick Laws as a palate cleanser after reading books about witche
This contemporary YA book was a nice read. It has the typical formula of high school girls, drama, and boys, but not annoying in the least. I wasn’t quite sure if it would be hokey or good based on the cover, but I can honestly recommend this as a clean read, may even be middle grade worthy.

We learn about shy, unnoticed April Bowers whose best friend has moved to another city. The first day of school is a scary ordeal to face with no friends to speak of until she is paired in gym with one of the
It's no secret that I absolutely adore the movie Mean Girls, so when I found out that Amy Holder's The Lipstick Laws was similar to it, I was even more excited about it.

As it turns out, I had every right to be that way, because The Lipstick Laws is pure gold. It's the book for every girl or boy out there who wanted to fight back when the "popular" girls tore them done but didn't know how to.

The Lipstick Laws tells the tale of April Bowers, a girl who's so not looking forward to her sophomore ye
Megan Bostic
I was immediately drawn in by the voice of this YA novel. It's unique and fresh and grabs your attention. April Bowers is like most teens, she hates her flaws (her flat chest), is desperate for friendship, and has a crush on one of the hottest guys in school. In order to get what she wants, she makes a deal with the devil in the form of Britney Taylor, the hottest, most popular girl in school. She signs her life away by pledging to follow the Lipstick Laws.

Following these superficial laws aren't
Small Review
What do I say about this book? Did I like it? Yes. Did I dislike it? Yes. This is one of those books where its length works in its favor. I sped through The Lipstick Laws in two days (and only that slow because I read it on my computer) and while I was reading it I pretty much enjoyed it. A few things rubbed me wrong, but overall I had a fun time. It wasn’t until I had finished and was thinking back on what happened that I realized I didn’t actually like it as much as I had originally thought.

Emily S.
Ah, high school. A time of my life that I'd never willingly go back to, and this book reminds me exactly why!

Poor April gets caught up in the desire to be popular, but it conflicts with her personality and desire to be nice. She struggles with many of the same issues that we all faced: not having the 'right' clothes, being underdeveloped, the hot guy in homeroom seems to only want to be friends...the list of high school angst could go on and on.

I liked that April ends up remaining true to hersel
Mar 28, 2011 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends and family and other's
First of all, the cover of this book was part of the reason I wanted to read it, because it’s pretty and I’m a girl and girls usually like pretty things. Plus, the whole premise of the book just sort screamed one word out at me: FUN!

And I was so very not disappointed, either.

The Lipstick Laws is sort of like Mean Girls plus Clique equals a world of fun, flirty, sabotage. Also, who doesn’t want to be one of the most popular girl’s in high school, sitting with the best and the prettiest girls at
Reviewed by Mishel at

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 intr
April Bowers is a social non-entity at Penford High School. At least if she was an outcast it would mean she was noticed. She moved to town a year ago and no one, aside from Delvin “King Stalker” McGerk, knows she exists.

That is until Britney Taylor, ruler of the sophomore class, gets paired up with her in gym and decides to make April her next pet project.

Being friends with Britney requires sacrifice, devotion and an oath that is nearly impossible to follow. And when April breaks one of Britney
Lipstick laws is, in my opinion, your typical high school book about an invisible girl. April somehow finds herself in a situation where she becomes popular with the help of Brianna after been matched by a teacher with time April realizes Brianna's influence may not be for the best and tries to remove herself from her.
The primary reason of why I didn't enjoy this book is because I felt I've read the book before, there was nothing special in it for me to get caught up in the story and from the st
Vickie Ramage
I absolutely loved the Lipstick Laws, I stayed up late into the night to read as much as possible of it. It's hilarious! If you've seen Mean Girls, read this. It's much better. The nick-name 'Hottie-Body-Brentwood' cracked me up, it was so cheesy! Oh and the cross-dressing scene.... I found myself reading various snippets to my equally amused OH. This book is definitely worth the read for the random scenes of bra stuffing, clothes rack hiding, water disasters and Britney's secret... There wasn't ...more
Riley Edgewood
I made the mistake of starting The Lipstick Laws at 11pm. And I'm TIRED today because I read until I was finished with it. I LOVED this book.

I was cracking up from page one. No, paragraph one. No, sentence one. Amy Holder's funny meter for girls reminded me a lot of Don Calame's funny meter for boys (in his book Swim the Fly) in that I laughed almost once (or more) a page--and many of those times out loud.

There are many great things about this book, but my absolute favorite is the main character
Jan 16, 2011 Stray rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls, Teens, Middle Graders
This was a really cute book!

For some reason, when I read the book's title, I thought it would be like a teen version of Sex and the City, but it was not. I was very surprised because it was very different from what I was expecting. This was a cute, humorous, girly read I really enjoyed.

April was a believable character, though maybe not as a high school student, she seemed younger to me, more like a Middle Grade heroine. I thought it was so cute that she was a bra-stuffer! Okay, wrong expression.
April Bowers is a 15 year-old who feels invisible to everyone else. She has moved several times and even when shes been for a year in town nobody knows her and the only friend she made now lives miles away; well theres also that weird guy whose mom is friends with hers, but hes a freak! April wants real friends, popular ones; she would give everything to be like the perfect Britney Taylor.
One day her wish comes true and April starts to think that things might work out for her. Shes now part or B
Amy Jacobs
The Lipstick Laws reminded me of the movies Mean Girls and Heathers all rolled into one. It had the popular clique that everyone wants to be apart of that you can only join with invitation. When Britney gets the chance to join the popular Lipstick Girls, she is wary but excited. She has been warned by her best friend, who moved away, to stay away from them. Yet, Britney can't refuse joining the exclusive group and becoming something more than a nobody in school.

The Lipstick Laws is a quick and
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
I couldn't help but envision this with the actors from Mean Girls. It felt so much like the movie, that I couldn't help but imagine Regina George as Britney. Overall, I really liked this. It did, however, make me ecstatic that I'm not in high school anymore.

What really grabbed my attention with this was the Lipstick Lawbreakers. I really liked this. One, it gave April a way to salvage part of her pride. Two, she made some good friends. While they were out for revenge, they actually were able to
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
I received a complimentary e-galley of this book courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via This is an honest review based on my thoughts while reading this book.

After her best friend moves away, April Bowers is left friendless and alone to face the horrors of high school. She has often dreamed what it would be like to be popular like Britney Taylor. She can hardly believe what is happening to her when she and Britney seem to get along during their gym period. Thinking April is a n
This was a really cute read that reminded me alot of the movie Mean Girls.

April is dreading the first day of school. Her best and only friend moved to Kansas leaving her all alone.

Brit is the most popular girl in school. She is beautiful, everyone wants to be her firend and all the guys adore her.

When April and Brit get teamed up together as gym partners, Brit takes April under her wing and starts inviting her to sit with the group at lunch. At first, April is super excited, but when she is told
Dec 11, 2010 Skye rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This review is also up on my blog, at

April's beginning her sophomore year completely friendless after her best - and only - friend moved away. So when the most popular girl in school, Britney Taylor, befriends her, who cares how horrible she is? She's April's ticket to popularity.

But when Britney reveals the Lipstick Laws - laws that her friends must obey in order to stay her friends - April starts to wonder if it's all worth it.

April's a character any girl can
Mari - loves to read
My summary:
After moving into town about a year ago April Bowers is suddenly discovered by one of the most popular girl in school, Britney Taylor. Britney takes April under her wing on one condition; that April swears to abide by the lipstick laws...

My thoughts:
With The Lipstick Laws author Amy Holder has written a funny contemporary novel, but it is not all fun n' games there's some serious subjects being addressed in this novel. An important message is about accepting yourself and your body. Th
This Novel to be was like mean girls on steriods, now don't get me wrong i really enjoyed mean girls, but this was on another level and i loved every minute of it. The lipstick laws was a fast paced, and really fun read.

It follows a group of "popular girls" who abide by the Lipstick Laws that was created by the most popular ringleader Britney. You follow a not so popular girl April who Britney decides to take under her wing, and circumstances lead to her becoming one of the popular girls.

Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

Actually 3.5

Bullying is far too common in our schools, so I'm often looking for books that deal with the issue. The Lipstick Laws is a nice addition to topic of novels because it's on the lighter side of things. The bullying is bad, but the humor included lightens the mood while still providing an anti-bullying message. Brittany Taylor is a horrible bully, but she's also envied by many of the girls in her school for her beauty and popularity. April is insecu
The Lipstick Laws was a fun and unique debut that reminded me of how much I loved the movie Mean Girls.

April was a likable character and she was a very believable sophomore girl- worried about her bra size, getting a boyfriend, and trying to fit in. When April’s best friend from freshman year moves away she has no one else to face the terrors of her tenth grade year with. School must be an absolute terror if you don’t have any friends to experience it with and my heart went out to April. Althoug
I'm glad I didn't (completely) judge Lipstick Laws by the cover, because it's really not that enticing to me. I just don't like the candy heart resting in the mouth so awkwardly, I guess. It looks strange.

But, getting beyond this cover, I'll go ahead and state my biases:
1. I love the movie Mean Girls
2. I really, really love the movie Mean Girls
3. And did I mention, I like a movie called Mean Girls?

If I were to describe The Lipstick Laws quite simply, I'd probably compare it to... okay... Mean Gi
Very Mean Girls-esque. It was funny and witty and sometimes fairly annoying. However I am not one to deny that I enjoyed this book even if it had flaws and all.

I often get surprised at April. She reminded me of another movie, you know, 13 going on 30? She's exactly like the main character there. She kind of tries hard to be part of the clique and she has lots of insecurities strapped on herself. Generally, she's a typical character in this story. She doesn't stand out and she didn't shrivel up e
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