Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Lipstick Laws
April Bowers is your typical "invisible" high schooler, desperate to be popular. She gets herself in with the popular crowd, only to find that they are (of course) horrible people, gets kicked out, and exacts her revenge. Blech.
The whole book was terrible. The dialogue was nothing special, and all of the characters were one-dimensional. There is a brief reference to why the mean girl is so nasty (something about a bad family and divorce), but nothing ever comes from it; she's horrible to the end. The main character, April, isn't very likeable either. She is OBSESSED with her flat-chestedness, is upset by her treatment at the hands of the popular girls, but then turns around and treats others (such as a boy that she feels is nerdy) just as badly. Her final plot to destroy the mean girl is actually quite dangerous; she plans on using the girl's peanut allergy to humiliate her. And at the very end of the book, April's friends make her feel better by showing their own flaws: one wears glasses, another has fat ankles, and the last wears Spanx all the time. WHAT KIND OF ROLE MODELS ARE THESE PEOPLE??? I mean, honestly, could the author have made less pathetic, image-obsessed girls??? Okay, I'll stop ranting now.
The Lipstick Laws gets a 1. Here's the author's website: http://www.amyholder.com/