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Lipstick Apology

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,857 ratings  ·  204 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, 321 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Razorbill
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Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
While I found this book semi-boring at times, there were plenty of deep moments and thought-provoking quotes that kept me around. I could relate to her on some levels, and I could understand where she was coming from. The plot was fairly interesting as well, and I thought her mother's apology and such was very original.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is an absolutely wonderful read. Out of all the YA novels I've read, this one really stands out. Why? Because Jennifer Jabaley doesn't try too hard, that's why. She automatically captures the feelings and thoughts of teenagers, and does it so perfectly too. While other novels seem to try and push to make teenage characters seem realistic, the characters of Lipstick Apology are very relatable and life-like to the point that it's amazing.

I have to say that when I first picked this book u
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Paige D.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finishing my last romance book and was on the hunt for a new one, I wanted something more interesting that still included love. While I was at the library looking around, the bright colors of this book's cover caught my eye and the summary on the back of the book intrigued me.

Emily Carson is in the midst of a party when she finds out her parents have died in a plane crash. She is further shocked when a seat-back tray is discovered with a message written in lipstick from her mom to her: Em
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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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.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. it is one of my favourites. I liked how the author added in romance, angst, drama, and A lot of Secrets! it made the book really interesting and I enjoy reading it over and over.
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my YA book which debuts in August 2009!!
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I feel like they opened up so many stories in the first half that had holes. However, the last 50 pages made it all worth it!! It was crazy. It is a heart warming story of a girl who goes to live with her aunt in the city. The character development was good, I’m glad she stuck to who she really was instead of changing herself just to be popular. It’s a nice, quick read!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ughhh my heart. So good. Such a great twist. Such character development. The progression throughout the chapters was done in such a realistic way and the timeline was nicely paced. I loved how connected I felt to the characters as well. Definitely a re-read!
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It deals with some heavy issues, the lipstick apology being one, but overall, a great read.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I saw the potential but I just found myself bored with the whole book.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book
Emilie J
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book had been recommended to me by a friend about two years ago. I never got the chance to read it until recently, when I went to a thrift store (The Salvation Army), and they were having a sale; all books were being sold for one dollar! I grinned the whole time in there! Anyways, point of the matter is that I (finally) picked up this book! I am happy to finally be able to say that I've read it.

Long story short, Emily's parents die in a plane crash but before dying her mother leaves Emily a
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Lipstick Apology sadly did not live up to my expectations. When I read the first line in the prologue, it really annoyed me.
Steve McCaffity just undressed me with his eyes.

Okay, maybe I'm still clothed, but we definitely made eye contact. Well, actually, he might have only glanced at the tiny chocolate stain on my V-neck -- so it was noticable.

Why do I feel like there is so much going on in these three sentences? The writing seemed clunky to me, it didn't flow smoothly. On the topic of Jabale
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
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I have been staring at this book forever whenever I stop inside bookstores, but I finally decided to grab it a while back – and then proceeded to stare at it within the comforts of my own home. I am not sure why I put off reading Lipstick Apology for so long, but since I have been on a YA contemporary kick, I decided to give it a go.

{Life must go on...} Lipstick Apology is a story about a girl trying to move forward after an unspeakable grief. Her parents died in a plane crash – sho
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