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The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
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Apr 27, 11

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Read on April 13, 2011

The Lipstick Laws is a relatively simple story that, while a bit clichéd, still has enough witty dialogue and personality behind the main character to be a nice read. The mean girls are mean, the geeky kids are geeky, and a good amount or moral dilemma and dawning realization make this fade into the sea of YA books a bit, but not enough for me not to read it through.

April, the main character and an all-around no one, suddenly finds herself creating a lie about who she is so she can have some friends. Her best friend moved away and she capitalizes on her anonymity at school, falling in with the mean – but popular – girls and becoming more and more like them. To start off, April is very likable, but she gradually becomes exactly like the people she claims to hate. There’s a moment of predictable realization, but Amy Holder is able to keep the story fun enough with the characters snarky one-liners.

My biggest problem with the book was that April claimed to have hated the way the mean girls treated her and others, but she turned around and did the same exact thing. The starts another group – much like seemingly evil Britney Taylor’s Lipstick Laws – with the sole intent for revenge. In the end, lessons are learned and people ‘change,’ but I had a hard time swallowing April and her new friend’s schemes at revenge. At times they were funny, but then they just got to be too much and took things too far.

The Lipstick Laws is a sometimes light, generally funny, but surprisingly deeper book that young teens could easily relate to. A lot of it felt like a young teen’s journey to find herself and where she fit in her school, with her friends, and the kind of person she wanted to be. There is mild swearing, but the story and the message is very much age-appropriate to new high school, and even older middle school, girls.

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