Emily's life was quiet and sweet before the plane crash that claimed the lives of both of her parents, before her mother scrawled "Emily, please forgive me" on a tray in lipstick and launched her into the tabloids’ spotlight. Now, months after the event, she's living with her make-up artist aunt in New York City, trying to piece together a life for herself through her grief at a new school where everyone already knows her, and no one is who they seem, all while still trying to derive the meaning behind her mother's last words.
Lipstick Apology is a skillfully written and memorable novel with so many wonderful messages between its pages. Jennifer Jabaley has packed an incredible amount of emotion within the novel—from grief to the exhilaration of first love—and she has created a dynamic, fallible, and likable heroine in Emily. Many of the experiences that Emily faces aren't very different than those that teens face on a daily basis, but it is the unique way that Jabaley presents them that makes Lipstick Apology such an engaging and even humorous read. She skillfully reveals to readers the true nature of friendship, the complexities of romantic relationships, and demonstrates that true love isn't judgmental, but it is about learning to see beyond mistakes and faults and accepting people for who they truly are. Lipstick Apology is a novel of holding on and letting go that is simply beautiful.
Cover Comments: This cover is quite unique. I like all of the colors used and the bright lights look. The skyline of New York City on the bottom is also a neat touch. The font is nice and simple, and I like how it doesn't compete with the image of the girl's face. It's always fun to see new styles and unique covers.
Lipstick Apology will be released from Razorbill on August 6th, 2009.