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The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
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Dec 25, 2010

really liked it
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Read in December, 2010

** spoiler alert ** The Lipstick Laws is a fun read, full of mean girls action, plots of revenge, and just enough heart to elevate it beyond a fluff piece and pull you right into the drama. April Bowers is the girl so many of us were in high school—not popular, not heinously un-popular—instead she’s just invisible. All that changes one day when the queen bee of the school decides to take her on as a charity case: as long as she changes everything about herself and agrees to sign a secret oath called the Lipstick Laws.

This portion of the book is awesome, because in mean girl Brit Taylor’s laws about what it takes to be popular, the author makes explicit the secret codes that so many girls live by. Entirely based on superficial concerns, weight, clothes, and above all, keeping one’s popularity quotient high by following the rules without question, the Lipstick Laws are the epitome of all the concerns that haunt so many girls, but in the end, don’t matter as much as having good friends. While that sounds a little cheesy, the author makes you involved with the characters enough that the cliché moral to the story feels just like a satisfying happy ending, where the main character we’ve followed all throughout the book is tempted by the dark side, but never turns into the horrible queen bee she’s just toppled.

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