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Lipstick Apology

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,685 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning.

When Emily Carson’s parents die in a plane crash, she’s left with nothing but her mother’s last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: Emily, please forgive me.

Now it’s fall and Emily moves to New York City, where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner,
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published August 6th 2009)
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There's a lot of potential in this book. I was drawn in by the blurb, and by the mystery of what Emily's mother's dying words were about. And the time that was actually spend on that mystery were my favorite parts of the book. Unfortunately, very little time is actually spent on what I had thought was the main story. Instead, Emily spends the vast majority of the book obsessing over a boy who is so obviously bad news that it becomes pitiful that she refuses to see that. Like, he spikes her drink ...more
Lipstick Apology is a heart-wrenching story that gave me chills -- you know, the kind where you just want to hug the one you love before the lump in your throat gives way and the tears spill forth? -- from the moment I read the first chapter. Emily's journey takes us through the horrifying and endlessly-publicized deaths of her parents, her intense and inconsolable grief, a mysterious clue left by her mother in the final moments of her life, and the everyday struggles of a teen girl in a new cit ...more
The Bibliophile
Emily Carson is a brat.
She is supposedly 16/17 years old but she acts like a spoiled 5 year old.
Constantly throwing temper tantrums and smashing other people's property
and then expects them to say sorry for it, not her.

How is this behaviour in any way mature?

I thought that the book would be about the apology Emily's mother wrote to her before the plane crashed. Instead the book was about Emily's need to be popular, make-up, hair, and her inability to choose between two boys.
Very little time is a
Dec 16, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Sarah Ockler, Jessi Kirby
I loved this book. It's intense, poignant, bittersweet, wise and funny. It's also beautifully and subtly crafted, with all the elements - story, characters, style - combining to create a richly rewarding reading and emotional experience.

MC Emily's life is catastrophically and irreparably torn apart when her vacationing parents' flight goes down with no survivors. The discovery in the crash debris of a mysterious message from her mother - "Emily, please forgive me," insures that she will suffer
Oct 04, 2009 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This has almost nothing to do with the novel, but everytime I go to type or mention this book I think the title is 'Lipstick Apocalypse'. I'm not certain why (except that I'm insane), but there you go.

This is one of the few 'real life' teen books I have read recently and oddly enough its from another debut author. I pretty much gave up on real life teen books somewhere after my Lurleine McDaniel craze (only so much depressing reading a girl can stand) back when I was a teenager and stuck myself
Mar 09, 2010 Angelica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four Little Words Written in Lipstick was all it took for Emily’s life to fall apart. The one time Emily decides to throw a party when he parents go on vacation was all it took. Maybe if she just asked her parents to have a party or maybe if she didn’t have one at all, maybe just maybe she could of saved her parents life. No her parents will never return. Her life was peacefully, quiet, free from publicity and the bond between her and her parents were the way it was suppose to be, but when repor ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Before even seeing the summary for this book, I just knew from the cover that I was going to be in for quite the amazing of rides.

Lipstick Apology ( Awesome title, right?) was heartbreaking while still being a heartwarming read. I just loved the story Jennifer created in this book. The plot contained a new and fresh idea. I seriously don't think I've ever see a book that dealt with a mysterious message left in lipstick, have you? Another rewarding quality of the story was that it was fast paced
Oct 08, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Impressions: Wow! Sounds so good. A mix of light high school drama/romance but also heavier with the death of her parents. Seems like a good combo to me!

And indeed, I found the lightness and heaviness to be equal and well balanced. There's the typical new girl at school, attracting the attention of the popular girls and that one popular golden boy (hellooo player). But there are also some meatier parts, dealing with some tougher subjects such as death and trying to live on.

But I actually r
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
I was so excited to get this book because I had seen it on a couple of blogger sites and when I read the description I thought it was going to be pretty good. This novel starts off with Emily’s party back in her hometown in Pennsylvania. Right in the middle of it her Aunt Jolie walks and tells her that her parent’s plane crashed. As they sat together in her bedroom watching the news, a report came on and they discovered a tray table with the words: Emily Please Forgive Me. Summer past very fast ...more
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LIPSTICK APOLOGY follows 16-year-old Emily, whose parents die in a plane crash on their way to California. In the rubble, rescuers find a tray table with the words " Emily, please forgive me" written in lipstick. Emily has no idea what her mother meant, and she goes into a depressed slump trying to figure it out.

Eventually, three months later, she moves to New York to live with her aunt, Jolie, a famous make-up artist. Despite having totally different li
Jul 23, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily wants to start the summer with a bang, so she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation. The party is unceremoniously interrupted by bad news: the plane her parents were on has crashed, and there are no survivors. Now, all that’s left of them is a hastily scribbled message on a tray table from Emily’s mom reading “Emily please forgive me.” Struck with grief and baffled by her mother’s mysterious apology, Emily’s life is a huge mess, and when she moves in with her aunt who liv ...more
One thing is for certain, I didn't expect this novel to be as funny as it is. While death, love, dishonesty, and loss are all major themes at play in Lipstick Apology, the I managed to laugh just as much as I cried while reading it. There's not much of a plot here - the story is more about how Emily deals and grows once her life has been turned upside down.

Emily is a typical teenager thrust into a tragic situation and all of her behaviors and actions are believable and fall well in-line with her
Aug 16, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lipstick Apology was this mixture of breathtakingly touching moments and surprisingly hilarious ones. Losing your parents is something you never want anyone to experience, and Jabaley did a fantastic job depicting that with this novel.

Loved Trent, Jolie and Anthony. Emily was a little extreme for me at times, but she started to win me over at the end. There were certain aspects, like Emily's desire to be popular, that seemed uneven with the overall tone.

The romance was a little bit dry, and it w
Nov 06, 2015 Trinity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley was an amazing novel. My first impression of this book was that it was going to be an action-packed mystery about what Emily’s mother’s apology meant. I imagined that it would also be filled with drama that involved the apology, boys, new friends, and Emily’s past. I was neither right nor wrong. The book was a mix between a mystery and a love story. Throughout, the book was heartbreaking, but soon, it became heartwarming as Emily found out how to let go and m ...more
May 09, 2014 Mariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going through a Peddlers mall type of store, when I saw the books and just had to go through them. When looking at the young adult section, this book jumped out at me. The artwork on the front, and the title compelled me to read it. Something told me I would enjoy this book, and that something was right. The main character, Emily, has to move to New York with her aunt, after the news of her parents dying in a plane crash. What's left from the wreckage is a silver platter with the words, "P ...more
Christina Santo
I thought this book was really good, for never having heard anything about it before. I always looked at it on the library shelf, but had too many books, and couldn't take it out. I finally got it, and devoured it. I don't really like Andi as much as Lindsay. I felt like she might have been on Owen's side. I liked Owen, but at the same time, I didn't. I knew right from the start that Emily was going to wind up with Anthony. All these characters were so adorable, and I liked the plot of the book. ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Certain elements of the way this book was written weren't really my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed the book nonetheless. The story turned out to be more heartwarming and adorable than I'd initially thought, and the characters were very easy to fall in love with. I could definitely see this being the plot of a teen movie in the near future.
May 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my YA book which debuts in August 2009!!
Sep 30, 2014 Chrissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to be interested in at first, but once I started getting into the book it was amazing. The story that unfolds about a young girl and how she is trying to unfold the mystery of her mother's lipstick apology she left her before her plane crashed is mesmerizing. Going through all of her memories with her mother and father and thinking of what could have happened for her to leave this strange and unaccepted apology is gripping. I loved this book and how Jennifer Jabaley was able t ...more
May 12, 2016 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a whim from bookoutlet awhile ago. I picked it up today when I had a bath because I like contemporaries for those times haha. It wasn't amazing but it had an interesting storyline and kept me interested throughout. There were a few times when I wanted to grab the characters shoulders and shake them because they were being dumb lol. And I'm glad our main character ended up with who she did. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed because I wanted to see what would happen ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Mulki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Lipstick Apology" by Jennifer Jabely, is about a girl named Emily Carson, who's parents died in a plane crash, "but her mother last words were, sprawled in lipstick on a tray table." Pg: The exact words that her mother wrote were "Emily, please forgive me." The main character in "Lipstick Apology" is Emily, Owen, and Anthony. This story developed in the most romantic cliché way ever imaginable. Emily is the new student at a very private rich school, in New York City. The worst part about this
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Lovable and emotional, Lipstick Apology is an entertaining YA contemporary story that had me hooked from the start.

When Emily's parents die in a plane crash, her world is left turned upside down. With so much media attention and her mother's strange last words written in lipstick on a plane table, everyone wants to know what it means. To Emily though, she can't find the strength to move on. Months later having no other choice but to move to New York city with her famous aunt, Emily's starts a n
So this was on my to-read list forever. It was one of those books I just decided I finally needed to read. And it was cute. It just wasn't great.

I really felt for Emily. She was in a rough place. Losing her parents, moving to a new state with an aunt who has no idea how to be a mother, and becoming national news when her mom leaves a lipstick apology (gee, wonder where the title came from?) moments before her death.

That was one thing the story did pretty well: it created good characters. Emily a
Aug 14, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily has always been the perfect obedient child. She would never disobey her parents or do anything that would disappoint them. Until they leave. The moment her parents leave for their flight Emily hosts an all out rager of a party. People are going crazy and Emily is determined to finally get the guy of her dreams. And then her aunt walks in.

Emily just knows that she is in deep trouble but she could never guess how bad it would be. Her parents flight crashed and in the rubble a tray table was
May 15, 2011 Hannah rated it it was ok
I was super-excited to read this one. I love the title Lipstick Apology, and I thought it would be a mixture of grief and romance, which is perfect fot me. Obviously, I was pretty disappointed.

The plot is good. I still like the idea, and I did end up liking the revelations Emily made about her mother. The romance aspect is predictable, but still could have added a lot to the main plot. The plot isn't my problem with this one - it's the writing and the characters.

Mainly, Lipstick Apology isn't ev
Lenore Appelhans
After her parents die in a plane crash, Emily has to move in with her aunt Jolie, a make-up artist to the stars in NYC. In addition to navigating a new life without her mother and father, she also has to figure out what her mother meant by “Please Forgive Me Emily” which she wrote in lipstick on her tray table before the plane went down.

The mystery aspect of the novel was what made me want to read this one – that a seemingly perfect mom would have a secret so pressing, she felt the need to absol
Michelle Rebar
Oct 08, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah Dessen & Maureen Johnson
I really loved this book. It's got a perfect balance of heartbreak, humor and redemption. LIPSTICK APOLOGY is a smashing debut by author Jennifer Jabaley, and I look forward to anything else she writes.

All at once, Emily's world comes crashing down around her when her parents are killed in a plane crash. As she watches the news, there is something pulled from the scene of the accident. It is a tray table with the words "EMILY PLEASE FORGIVE ME" written in her mothers lipstick. Not only does Emi
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Apr 25, 2013 Lola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I faced in a great dilemma in reading Lipstick Apology. I never really had a lot of time to sit down and read it in one long sitting. Instead, I read in short spurts over about a week. I probably would've enjoyed it better in one long sitting.

Here's the thing. I really liked most things about the book. I liked Emily for the most part. I could sympathize with her, and I wanted her to be happy. I couldn't imagine losing my parents like she did. I would probably go out of my mind. And then she ha
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