Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Goodreads Description: "When Emily Carson's parents die in a plane crash, she's left with nothing but her mother's last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: "Emily, please forgive me."
Now it's fall and Emily moves to New York City where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal."

My Review: I liked Lipstick Apology quite a lot. Emily was kind of an annoying character, and her mood swings (one minute she would be smiling and happy, and the next she would be screaming and smashing things) gave me whiplash---but I liked it. There are no set rules for grieving (much as some people would like to pretend there are) and there is no law that says, "If you're grieving, you must act ______ all the time, non-stop". I thought that Emily's mood swings were realistic. Obviously, she was a turmoil of emotions: sadness and shock and horror over her parents, confusion over being in a new place, slightly resentful happiness about making some new friends, loneliness over missing her old life... Why WOULDN'T she go bananas sometimes? And even though many of the characters were typical and two-dimensional, I personally thought it was okay, because some of the other characters---like Jolie's hair stylist (I can't remember his name at the moment)---made up for it with their vivid and interesting personalities. The plot was nothing amazing, but I thought it was an enjoyable book, getting to see how Emily grew as a person and learned to forgive people for their mistakes.

Cover: The cover is gorgeous. The girl is a bit weird-looking, with kind of fat, squirrel-y cheeks (but that could be just me thinking that...), but the colors on the cover and the New York City skyline are all beautiful.

Overall Grade: B+

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