Thursday, August 20, 2009

Quick Review: Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Lipstick Apology
Jennifer Jabaley
August 6, 2009
ISBN-10: 1595142312

Four Little Words Written in Lipstick... mean Emily must say goodbye to everything she knows. Emily Carson has always been a good girl. So when she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation, she's sure she'll get busted. What Emily doesn't know is that her parents will never return. That their plane will go down. And the only thing left amidst the wreckage will be a tray table with the words: Emily please forgive me scrawled in lipstick—her mother's last words.

Now it's fall in New York City and Emily's trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her public tragedy captures the attention of more than just the media—and soon two very different boys at her new school are pursuing her: the cute, popular Owen and the quirky chemistry partner slash pastry-baker-by-night, Anthony. But even with such delicious distractions, Emily can't let go of her mother's mysterious apology. Does she have the courage to face the truth?

With help of a whole new kind of family—one that includes a make-up artist to the stars, a teen model, and a wacky hairdresser—Emily must choose between the boy who makes her forget it all, and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately, heal.

Sometimes goodbye is just the beginning.
Oh, wow. I loved this book. I laughed uproariously - like at times, I had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard. The pillow-kissing scene? PRICELESS. And I might have snorted a few times too. But I'm not admitting anything - and there were so many funny moments. But this story was also very heartfelt and wonderful. Emily's dealing with the grief of losing her parents, moving to a strange new city, leaving her friends, her school, her childhood behind.

The ending was lovely. I'm fairly certain that for the last 3 chapters or so, I cried and cried. The writing is fresh and just plain awesome. Lipstick Apology is a wonderful first novel, and while I laughed and cried, I fell in love with each character.


RachaelfromNJ said...

Ok do you have some kind of magical device that helps you read super duper fast? Are you a vampire? LOL You read so quickly! I am very jealous. Great review. Sounds like a cute book!

Wendy said...

Rachael, I wanna suck-a ya - words?! LOL.

I read this one in a day, it's about almost 300 pages but I devoured it! It is SO cute, you've got to read it!

Juju said...

What a great review :)

anndrreaaa said...

I've been dying to read this! I don't know when I'll get to it but it's definitely towards the top of my list. Glad you liked it, good review :]

He can Chapter-32 me anytime!

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