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 also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?
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. Although soon things become a lot better for her when popular girl, Britney Taylor takes April under her wing and the cute new boy has his eye on her. Britney seemed nice and sweet on the outside but on the inside she was a controlling, malicious, well, bitch. Britney and her “friends” live by a set of rules known as the Lipstick Laws and when April breaks one of them, Britney’s nasty side comes out in full force against her ex-best friend.
There were a variety of likable characters in The Lipstick Laws and readers really got to know all of them. Books about revenge are some of my favorites and when April banded together with the rest of the “Lipstick Lawbreakers” things started to get really exciting! The girls plot a variety of schemes to get back at Britney and the real show down takes place at the school dance.
The Lipstick Laws was a fresh and fun twist on the typical Mean Girls-esque story and I enjoyed watching April’s character develop and start to stand up for herself. She made some great friends and they all learned a lot about what’s more important- getting back at an enemy or just living life to it’s fullest?
Amy Holder wrote a fantastic and cute debut that will surely attract a variety of readers. I can’t wait to see what’s next for her!
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
April 4, 2011/Graphia/240 Pages/Young Adult