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The Lipstick Laws
Contributor(s): Holder, Amy

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ISBN: 0547363060     ISBN-13: 9780547363066
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published: April 2011
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Annotation: When Britney, the most popular girl at Penford High School, invites April Bowers to her lunch table April is thrilled with her sudden change in status, but soon finds that Britney's friendship comes at a steep price.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Popularity; Fiction.
Conformity; Fiction.
Body image; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010027416
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs) 237 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Prior to being published, Amy Holder worked as an assistant teacher in a Montessori school, a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for children and pre-teens dealing with mental health and/or emotional issues, and the Program Director for a non-profit social service agency helping special needs clients ranging from teens to early adulthood. She worked closely with her clients, their families, and regularly consulted with other professionals (physicians, psychologists, teachers, school administrators, behavioral specialists, etc.) to come up with the best plans of care to ensure each individual client's educational, social, medical, and environmental needs were being met.

Amy's personal and professional experiences with teens, paired with her own vivid memories of high school, motivated her to channel her love of writing for a young adult audience.The rise of social bullying and body image issues in today's youth inspired her to write THE LIPSTICK LAWS, which confronts these topics in a relevant way that most teenage girls will be able to relate to.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 May)

Gr 9 Up—April Bowers is entering 10th grade at Penford High, and it appears that she will spend another year without friends. That changes, though, when she is paired with the most popular girl in gym class. Britney invites April to become a "friend in training," meaning that she must prove herself to be socially worthy. Reluctant to do so, but desperately wanting to belong, April eventually signs the "Lipstick Laws," ensuring her spot with the in-crowd. Things go well until she realizes that the pact means that she can no longer be herself but must become a sycophant to Britney's every whim. After April is dropped, she decides to become a "Lipstick Lawbreaker" and get back at Britney. When things go too far, both girls need to step back from the brink, but only one does. Focusing on some of the serious aspects of high school, this book is about teen angst and how unrelenting peer pressure and subtle bullying can dominate and ruin a person's life. 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.—Sharon Morrison, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, Durant, OK

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