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Lipstick Laws

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At Penford High School, Brittany 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, Brittany is the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don t know she exists. One lunch spent at Brittany s table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.But Brittany s friendship comes with a high price tag, and April decides it s not worth the cost. Inspiring and empowering, this is the story of one girl who decides to push back."show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 240.4g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0547363060
  • 9780547363066
  • 424,518

Review quote

"Holder presents the teen milieu through realistic dialogue and situations, and lightens heavy moments with humor. The protagonist is well developed, and her struggles and gradual self-realizations are believable as she ultimately finds true friends and the self-confidence to make the right choices."--School Library Journalshow more

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1,142 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 29% (327)
4 22% (256)
3 29% (328)
2 13% (153)
1 7% (78)

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This is the first book I have ever read that was chosen for me to read by a random method. I wasn't sure what I would think of this book, but I have to admit that I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is almost the perfect YA book. No sex scenes, some mild profanity (yes, I could have done without that), and a very positive message. This book deals with female bullying, and the book is quite realistic. It is written with pathos and humor, and I found myself truly loving April, and Brittany was the perfect snob. I have often said that as a teacher, I could handle boys much better than girls, and this book illustrates why. Boys tend to be silly, immature, and physical. Girls are mean, conniving, and vicious! My only real complaint is there is no sequel! I hope that Amy Holder writes another book to continue on with the adventures of April. I would love to find out what her next chapter is. I got this book from the library, and I wasn't paid for this review in any way. It is my absolutely honest review of this fantastic book!show more
by Ruth Hill
The story of THE LIPSTICK LAWS circles around the loner April Bowers who gets to be part of the popular clique around Britney Taylor and her friends. It is about the life of a high-school girl and the social game of popularity she has to play everyday. It also shows the backgrounds of who you were, are and want to be. An ice queen has a past, a nerd a personality aswell and there should always be a moment you realize who you and the people around you really are. THE LIPSTICK LAWS is just one out of many funny chick-lit novels and I wouldn't call it one of my favourites but it is definitely a welcome change to all my paranormal and fantasy novels. There is a real girl with real and everyday problems. We all could have been April Bowers in High school or known someone like her. I couldn't stand laughing out loud several times, because Amy Holder has such a funny writing and hilarious expressions and statements. The best thing: flaws can actually be funny if we are willing to accept them as part of our body and our personality. I wish THE LIPSTICK LAWS would have featured a few more romantic scenes. It is more a book about making new friends than about finding love. Amy Holder could have filled a few more pages with the hunt after April's dreamboy to satisfy my romance longing heart. With THE LIPSTICK LAWS you get the chance to feel again like a 15-year-old teenager who has yet to choose who he or she wants to be. Reading this novel I felt like being in High School again, because Holder pictured all characters and incidents so very appropriate. Her young writing spirit supports the story and makes April Bowers such an adorable character you can't but sympathize for. By creating THE LIPSTICK LAWS Amy Holder had a great idea of a new level of highschool war. A funny and cheeky read! THE VERDICT Become a Lipstick Lawbreaker yourself. Make new friends, accept yourself as the person you are, start reading THE LIPSTICK LAWS. Don't dare not sharing it with your friends, you'll have a lot of fun!show more
by MissPageTurner
Think Mean Girls. Very much so, actually. I liked reading it, mostly because I haven't read contemporary in ages much less such a "light" novel. Yes, High School was adressed (obviously) but nothing like "the whole world is going to end if one teenage girl doesn't do something or other". It was nice reading it, and oh Britney is mean. I liked that we got a backstory to her meanness (if that is even a word). The writing was light, and as far as I could tell no real language or sexuality involved. April is 15 after all, so everything was as it should be. Except for the friend's cousin who has access to Jessica Alba's dresses ... but that is another story. I found everything very believable and we probably all knew (or even know) these mean girls that everyone pretends to like but really hates. It's always great to read about those people getting what they deserve, but the nice person that I am: of course I feel sorry for them afterwards. Oh well. I've just finished "High School" (or what passes for it in Germany) so my memories are still really fresh and I've experienced several, if not comparable at least similar things. Believe me, I do not want to go back. So, if you liked the movie Mean Girls you should probably go ahead and buy The Lipstick Laws because it's pretty good.show more
by Jill Barrakling
Penford High School is a typical school with the stereotypical cliques. And Britney Taylor rules the A-list here. She rules her friends, and boys, and can easily make anyone's life miserable. She even has a set of laws that she's created - The Lipstick Laws. April Bowers is the opposite. It's not that everyone hates her, it's just that no one knows she exists. She knows that if she can just find a way to get Britney to like her, then her life will turn around. And luckily, she is paired up with Britney during gym class, much to Britney's dismay. But then Britney takes April under her wing, thinking that she's a new girl. Soon, though, April sees that Britney's way of ruling her friends just isn't right, and sets out on her own. This book was the typical "Mean Girls" style of book. There's the clique of girls with a ringleader who had some trauma growing up and has now turned into an evil witch. Then there's a new girl introduced into the group, who becomes part of them, only to be later shunned. She then realizes that the group is morally wrong and stands up to them and the ringleader. THE LIPSTICK LAWS pretty much went through all of these stages. I liked April, the new-ish girl. She was funny and had a pretty good head on her shoulders. And Britney was a great girl who we all love to hate. I really loved the Lipstick Lawbreakers; they were a great group of girls. If you've read any kind of "Mean Girls" books, then you already know the story - but it's an amazingly fun one, nonetheless!show more
by TeensReadToo
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