Title: The Lipstick Laws
Author: Amy Holder
Published: April 4th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: ARC provided by publisher for review
Summary: "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?"
Thoughts: If you're a fan of the movie Mean Girls, you're in for a treat. The Lipstick Laws captures the essence of how cruel and hilarious high school can sometimes be. Though a bit extreme in certain circumstances (ahem, cross dressers), it wouldn't be as fun without those moments.
The book starts off with the same spin as the movie Mean Girls. You have April, who is the somewhat new student, who is basically trying to find her place. Whether it's a blessing or a curse, during PE one day, she gets paired with Brittany, the most popular girl in school.
Brittany is everything a high school Queen Bee should be. She's callous, head strong and beautiful. She even has this rule book called The Lipstick Laws. In order to be her friend, you must obide by the Lipstick Laws or suffer Brittany's wrath. And trust me, you do not want to be on Brittany's bad list.
One thing I enjoyed about this novel is the way April developed as a character. She went from being a bit of a shy girl, to being a part of the intercircle, to something more. Though, at times, she got a little caught in the moment, she still remembered who she was pre-Brittany. I would have liked to see Brittany develope more as a character too, but I guess not everyone can change.
For you romance lovers, there is a handful of romance in the novel. Crushers, backstabbing, lingering feelings, they all play a role in this book. I mean, really, you can't have a novel based on high school without those things. Personally, I didn't find any of the guys swoon-worthy, but they were definitely entertaining. I'm especially fond of Delvin, though all the guys caused a lot of drama and laughs.
Overall, The Lipstick Laws is a delightful, quick read that will have you giggling one second and shaking your fist the next. It's not a serious read, nor will it change the world, but it will make you laugh at least once or twice.