May 28

Character Interview: April Bowers of The Lipstick Laws + Giveaway!

I recently read THE LIPSTICK LAWS by debut author Amy Holder. The protagonist, April Bowers, is funny, insightful and witty. If you’re looking for a hilarious book then definitely check out THE LIPSTICK LAWS! You won’t be disappointed! It’s a perfect beach read and one of my favorite 2011 debuts! Click here for my review :)

 


THE LIPSTICK LAWS

By: Amy Holder
Publisher: Graphia
Published Date: April 2011
Formats: Paperback and Electronic
Pages: 240
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult +

Follow Amy Holder on: Twitter | Website | goodreads

Purchase THE LIPSTICK LAWS at: Amazon | TBD | IB | B&N

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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?

 

 

Publisher’s Synopsis: Amy Holder was born in Upstate New York, the home of the Finger Lakes Region, Kodak, snowpalooza winters, and the best grape pies you’ll ever eat (thanks to the Grape Festival). The youngest of three, Amy established her place in her family as the “artsy” one early on.

Often dreaming of seeing her picture on the back of a book someday, Amy began writing and illustrating her own stories and poems at six years old, followed by her first chapter book written in third grade. She took up non-fiction writing by funneling the awkwardness of her middle school years into the safe confines of her locked diary. By high school, Amy was writing angst-ridden poetry that would be fully deserving of an Emo-rific award in today’s time. Apart from her undergrad years, when she traded in fiction reading and writing for psychology books and papers written in APA style, creative writing has always been an essential part of her daily life.

Since graduating college with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology, Amy has worked in the early education, social service, and freelance writing and design fields. After some career soul-searching, resulting in her desire to pursue her love of writing professionally, she captured the writing dream she’s had since childhood. Today, she resides in the Philadelphia area with her furry pets.

So April tell me…

Thank goodness that was only a dream! I tend to have crazy dreams, most of which I’d like to forget about.

I wish I was better at feeling confident all the time.  I put on a good stage face, but sometimes I’m self-conscious and unsure of myself.  That’s my deep answer… now for my shallow answer: I wish I was better at flirting.

Well, speaking from experience, I’m with myself every day and I have not had an altercation with myself yet. After sixteen years, this makes me think I’m pretty easy to get along with.  I’ve never tried to avoid myself, backstab myself, ignore myself, undermine myself, or embarrass myself (that last example usually happens without trying).  I’ve been pretty loyal to myself, seeing that I’ve stuck by myself for this long… and I sometimes make myself laugh. Okay, the short of it is that yes, I would want myself as a friend…although I’m sure my friends would not want me stuck to themselves like I am to myself… this is getting confusing.

Probably the same way Britney Taylor can be charming and a mega-biatch at the same time. She’d probably be the better one to ask about this since she’s experienced in the sweet and sour department.

If by walking you mean stumble, then yes…I’m quite good at stumbling in high heels.

Hmmmmm…important question. I have to give this some serious thought. Okay, done thinking.  My answer is Tiploop Levers.

Each boobicle cubicle cup will turn into a pumpkin.  That’s why you should be home before midnight, or you may get some surprised looks…and lose your glass slipper…and have an awkward exchange with a disappointed boobicle cubicle fairy godmother.  Really, 18 hour bras can be serious life hazards.

Only if his name is Mr. Hottie-Body.  On second thought, I wouldn’t know if he’s the TRUE Mr. Hottie-Body or only playing Mr. Hottie-Body online… so I’d pass.

THE KARMA CLUB by Jessica Brody because I can relate to it and the trailer is AMAZING.  It’s like a mini-movie in itself!

I already know what it feels like to be invisible and it’s not very fun, so I’ll pick reading minds.  Although I may want to turn that power off when I’m around certain people… like my brother.

I’d wish to reverse the curves coming out of my head for curves on my chest and my flat chest for straight hair. Not only would that solve my hair and boobage issues, it would save a lot of innocent tissues. I’d also put a ban on red lipstick…I can’t forget about that.

Win a Contemporary Prize Pack or THE LIPSTICK LAWS swag!

Included in the Prize Pack:

An autographed copy of THE LIPSTICK LAWS by Amy Holder

THE LIPSTICK LAWS swag — Vixen red lipgloss, bookmark, sticker and magnet

An autographed ARC of STUPID FAST by Geoff Herbach

Autographed bookmark of THE PULL OF GRAVITY by Gae Polisner + pin!

 

THE LIPSTICK LAWS swag:

RULES:

Grand Prize 1 Winner will receive the Contemporary Prize Pack

Second Place - 4 Winners will receive a bookmark

Third Place4 Winners will receive a Sticker

You MUST be 13 years or older to enter.

Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.

You do NOT have to be a follower to enter, but it’s nice if you are or want to be via GFC (if it’s ever working again), Twitter or Goodreads!

You MUST answer this question:

Are you the kind of friend that you want to have as a friend?

The winner will be selected via Random.org

Giveaway ENDS June 2nd 4th at 11:59 p.m. (MST)

Thank you Amy, Geoff and Gae for donating!

 



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Mar 24

Review: The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

 


THE LIPSTICK LAWS

By: Amy Holder
Publisher: Graphia
Format: Paperback
(Available in Electronic Format)
Pages: 240
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult +
Source: Publisher

Follow Amy Holder on: Twitter | Website | goodreads

Purchase THE LIPSTICK LAWS at: Amazon | TBD | IB | B&N

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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?

 

I read this book for:

 

Review:

What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” I would first like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending the ARC of THE LIPSTICK LAWS via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE LIPSTICK LAWS by debut author Amy Holder is a hilarious book! While reading it I became giddy with laughter. I loved the charming and contagious voice of April Bowers, a tissue bra-stuffing high school student who is lonely at school since her best friend, Haley, has moved away. April wants so badly to be liked and be popular that she becomes friends with Queen Bee mean girl, Britney.

At first, April likes how Britney and her snobby friends bask in the glow of high school superiority and welcome her into their elite circle. But soon they become annoying and grating. April even starts rolling her eyes at their antics and cruelness. However, April still hangs on to their every word. When she tells Haley how she is now friends with them, Haley becomes concerned. She also warns her about red lipstick.

April soon discovers the meaning behind the red lipstick, along with a long list of rules Britney has laid out for her small group of friends. If April wants to continue being popular, she must follow the Lipstick Laws of Britney-land, or she must carve her own true path not be a follower, but a leader.

We’re all mad here.” Though I wish there had been more romance in THE LIPSTICK LAWS, I was satisfied with the story and characters — especially when the tables turn on Britney and April seeks revenge with former Lipstick Laws members after April is humiliated. Like April, I got to the point where I could no longer tolerate Britney.

However, sometimes April’s revenge-seeking ideas are a little childish. I often wanted to yell at April and say,” Forget about Britney!  She’s so not important!” But when we are in high school, we think everything is very important. And it really isn’t. April, who is so concerned with Britney, often seemed like she was in middle school rather than in high school. Despite this, I couldn’t help but like her and cheer her on.

The one thing I really like about the book is toward the end where there is a subtle role-reversal of April and Britney. From this experience, April learns what it means to have true friends and how being popular is not the end-all. I love the super cute and simple cover!

If you are looking for a fun and a cute read, then definitely check out THE LIPSTICK LAWS. Amy Holder adds is a fresh, humorous voice to the contemporary YA scene.

“I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!” THE LIPSTICK LAWS will be released on April 4, 2011.

“Sentence first — verdict afterwards.” I’m giving THE LIPSTICK LAWS 3 “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Characters” for being a fun, light read with heart!

 

 

 

 

 



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