The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

click meThe Pink Thing: Book 5

How did I get the book?  Winning bid, Write Hope.

Genre: Contemporary

Additional Information: The Lipstick Laws deserves a lot of credit. It was pretty much the first “chick-lit” book I read. Because of The Lipstick Laws I started adding instead of avoiding this genre.

Synopsis: 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.

200 words (or less) review: The Lipstick Laws is in many ways exactly what I expect a pink book to be. I’ve seen a lot of comparison to Mean Girls in other reviews and I think that’s a pretty good fit. Though in my case I liked April a whole lost more than I ever did Cady, I also think the story is better.

April actively goes about changing things after falling foul of Brittany and The Lipstick Laws. She’s made of sterner stuff then I gave her credit for after the opening chapters. It’s not just April that is surprising, it’s Brittany as well. Instead of having a very mean vs. good girl agenda Amy Holder crafts characters that are complicated and neither completely good nor bad. April isn’t perfect and that makes the whole story so much more interesting.

The Lipstick Laws is a fun way to spend a few hours. To me it proved that chick-lit is a more than girl meets boy and the happy ever after. Without it I wouldn’t have nearly as much “pink” in my library and would have missed out on a lot of really good books.

Recommend it?

Yes.

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