Lipstick Apology

Lipstick Apology

by Jennifer Jabaley

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Overview

Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning?

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.

Debut author Jennifer Jabaley has written a wonderful, feel-good romantic comedy with real emotional depth. Full of lovably wacky characters, Lipstick Apology is a heartwarming story about the true meaning of forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101184561
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/06/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 314 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Jabaley grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and when not writing teen books she's busy being an optometrist. Jen lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Lipstick Apology is her first novel.

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Lipstick Apology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LIPSTICK APOLOGY follows 16-year-old Emily, whose parents die in a plane crash on their way to California. In the rubble, rescuers find a tray table with the words " Emily, please forgive me" written in lipstick. Emily has no idea what her mother meant, and she goes into a depressed slump trying to figure it out. Eventually, three months later, she moves to New York to live with her aunt, Jolie, a famous make-up artist. Despite having totally different lives, Jolie and Emily try to bond over take-out food and good movies. In New York, Emily starts at a new school where she is befriended by two popular girls, Lindsey and Andi, and a not-so-popular guy named Anthony. She is also head-over-heels in lust for the most popular boy in school - Owen. But is Owen all he's made out to be? Or is he just a great distraction from the real problems in Emily's life? Deciphering her mother's message really takes a toll on Emily, but when she finally finds out what her mother meant, she'll have to ask herself, does she really want to know? This is a great read, and you'll root for Emily the whole way through.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lipstick Apology was a roll with the punches kind of book. Readers follow a very emotional rollercoaster of loss, humor, and love in this new age story. While the story was entertaining, it seemed to lack a direct plot. The story vaguely strayed in the first half leaving me confused about the path the book was supposed to be leading. This was my first read by Jennifer Jabaley and I felt that she was still a little distant from her characters. This story was packed with emotion, but I failed to feel that severity of this from the writing. I enjoyed this book, but I do not see as a book that I would give a return visit.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One minute, Emily your average suburban Pennsylvanian girl: crushing on unobtainable guys, and taking advantage of her parents¿ absence to throw a party. The next, she¿s the object of national news: the plane her parents were on crashed, and Emily¿s mother wrote a goodbye message on her airplane tray with lipstick: ¿EMILY PLEASE FORGIVE ME.¿Several months later, Emily is living with her aunt and starting school in New York City, where she¿s busy making friends and figuring out her feelings for two very different guys. Owen is the school¿s most eligible bachelor, and he¿s actually interested in her; while Anthony, Emily¿s lab partner, is friendly and easy to talk to but doesn¿t seem to have any friends. In the meantime, Emily struggles to figure out what her mother meant by her cryptic apology¿but as Emily comes closer to the truth, she wonders if she even wants to find out at all.The premise of LIPSTICK APOLOGY promises mystery, love, and acceptance¿but it is in fact just a typical story of a girl torn between two guys, with a sprinkling of grief mixed in, and I unfortunately could not get into this book. Emily is, to put it succinctly, an annoying and unlikable main character. Fortunately I have no first-hand experience with being in Emily¿s situation and mindset; however, I am hardly a fan of Emily¿s near-constant freakouts, which I found childish and, in terms of the writing, unprofessional. Jabaley uses an overabundance of capital letters when Emily is breaking down, something that causes me to be unsympathetic to the characters, and which I always try to avoid in literature that wants to be taken seriously.I have a suspicion that this book would lose very little of its main point had the whole family tragedy aspect been taken out, which is sad, as the mystery surrounding Emily¿s mother is really the only thing that distinguishes this from an otherwise too-often-told tale of confusing crushes. The supporting characters are typical ones you¿d find in a book about love in high school, and, as a result, are nothing to take particular note of.If that¿s what you¿re looking for in a book, however, then you will do no wrong in picking LIPSTICK APOLOGY up. It will surely satisfy those looking for a story about a new girl with a tragic history having to choose between two hot guys. If you are okay with a slightly annoying protagonist and stereotypical love interests, then this one will charm you with its easy romance and readability.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lipstick Apology was quite a read. The first half of the book I could barely stand. The main character just took things too far for me. She went berserk a few times in the book like an on and off light switch. Happy, sad, angry, super angry, sad. Just stop. There¿s actually a quote in the book but I forget where that is perfect. Basically it said what¿s funny is how girls can go from sane to insane faster than a Porsche can go from zero to sixty. The last third of the book was actually not so bad. I mean Emily learned to not throw chemical compounds at random points and stop being so PMS-y all the time. I still feel however that Anthony was much too good for Emily. There are a couple of situations that I did not really like much a lot. Firstly Anthony tries to cajole Emily to figure out what the message left by her mother meant. She flips out, think banshee like. And guess what? She ends up trying to figure it out. When she finds something that she doesn¿t like, Anthony warns her to be caution and maybe not search any further in case you uncover something that was not meant to be known. She flips out¿again. She ends up finding out the truth, not liking it she kind of takes it our on Anthony. I¿ll be frank on this, I do not like Emily. I really do not like her at all. I¿ll give her an inch since she¿s been through so much trauma but if you can party with Owen but cannot give Anthony some form of credit, but she took a mile. And the entire scene of the message was just so anticlimactic. I didn¿t explain a heart-to-heart moment, just something more I guess. Seriously you can figure the entire thing from the first hint, everything else is just precautionary. I can see both the good and the bad side to Emily. In one case she cherishes their friendships, protects them. She is a good friend to even strangers that needs a fairy godmother every now and then. I prefer Anthony, like I adore him to no end. Considerate, intelligent, humble, charming, and a friend to all. Plus he can bake! I do love the interaction in the families. As discombobulated as it may seem, it works for them. I enjoyed the Christmas gathering between the two families¿Emily¿s aunt and hair stylist and Anthony¿s mother, fun bantering. Overall: A nice attempt, maybe tone the main character down a bit
noahsmae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emily's parents just died in a plane crash. Remnants of the crash identified a tray with words written in lipstick, "Emily please forgive me". Emily has no idea what her mother's message meant. She remembers her parents as perfect -- always supportive, down-to-earth, and very present in her life. Now Emily must leave her suburban Pennsylvania town and move to New York City to leave with her aunt and enroll in a very posh private school. Somehow (because that would not have been the case in her old school) she fits right in to popular crowd. Since this is new to her, she finds it appealing and a means to escape the pain in her life. In addition, she also builds a friendship with her slighly nerdy, very funny, sensitive, and insightful chemistry lab partner. At times, she keeps him at a distance because things feel too real when he's around. Ultimately, though, she learns that facing the pain is what helps her heal. This was an enjoyable story. The mystery surrounding the cryptic apology was interesting. I found some of the choices Emily made frustrating and it was only toward the very end that she started seeing things more clearly.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been staring at this book forever whenever I stop inside bookstores, but I finally decided to grab it a while back ¿ and then proceeded to stare at it within the comforts of my own home. I am not sure why I put off reading Lipstick Apology for so long, but since I have been on a YA contemporary kick, I decided to give it a go.THE GOOD BITS{Life must go on...} Lipstick Apology is a story about a girl trying to move forward after an unspeakable grief. Her parents died in a plane crash ¿ should Emily be worrying about clothes and boys and other teenaged drama? Yes, she is still grieving, but her life must go on in because the world does not truly stop for anyone. I liked the presence of Aunt Jolie who takes on the parental role and virtually becomes a single mother. She is in over her head, but she tries the best she can to do right with her niece and adjusts her living arrangements. Grieving is a work in progress, and I felt that Emily and Aunt Jolie gave their best efforts to deal with the major life changes.{Believable characters} If I had to describe Lipstick Apology, I would probably say that it seemed honest-to-goodness real. The diversity of teenagers seemed spot-on, and I could relate to all their flaws and vulnerabilities. Or at least picture their real-life counterparts. Yes, even the immature boys who think use their irresistible hotness for evil purposes (such as humiliate a terribly sweet girl with the unfortunate happenstance of crushing on said boy). Nothing too exciting or fantastic, but a slice of life that paints a sincere and realistic portrayal of a girl whose world will never be quite the same again.THE BAD BITS{Lack of romance?} There were two contenders for Emily¿s heart, but I did not feel that either gave their best efforts. (Spoiler :: The ever-popular Owen seemed nice enough, but I did not feel the wattage of killer green eyes that Emily did. He felt a little flat for me. On the other hand, Anthony had great potential, but he did not have enough pagetime with Emily for me to commit to their relationship.) Which I can see as a positive thing because romance ¿ while great and comforting ¿ may not be the best solution to a grieving heart. I guess I expected more of that romantic tension since the book summary alludes to the boys¿ importance.{Questionable ending?} Naturally I wanted to figure out what Emily¿s mother meant with her cryptic EMILY PLEASE FORGIVE ME message. Emily does find out the truth eventually ¿ but again I expected more from the truth than what Lipstick Apology delivered. I do not think Emily gave enough time to digest her mother¿s actions, and while the ending may be beautifully wrapped in forgiveness, I have to admit that I am a little put out by it. I can understand and appreciate the end-result, but I feel that Emily rushed into that decision without really talking to anyone about it. If I had been in Emily¿s shoes, I think I would have discussed the truth to death with Aunt Jolie at least.THE OVERALLLipstick Apology is a quiet book, and I cannot say that it rocked my world in the same manner as Stephanie Kuehnert or Elizabeth Scott. This book puzzles me. It felt almost too realistic where no one really knows their purpose in life and everyone wonders around semi-confused. The different story elements - Emily's grief versus normal teenage drama versus the mysterious farewell message - did not seem to connect with each other to form a bigger and more satisfying puzzle.
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I loved the story!
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It's sooo good!
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Good book but the supporting character Georgia is in another book called crush control by jennifer jabaley. Seriously its like the same person!!!!! She is obsessed with soaps... has curly hair.... is named georgiaa.... is the main characters best friend.......odd.
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
this story was awesome- although the writing was a little childish (i hate when authors use capital letters... there are other ways to let the readers know that the characters are screaming) it was romantic, and it kept you guessing. i loved the whole thing, and i read it very quickly. this was a new take on romance and making discoveries... very refreshing. highly recommended.
Antoinette Cardoza More than 1 year ago
I have read this book as a paper back,it took me a week to finish it,and I loved it the whole way through!You have to get this book you will never regret it!
Erin Magnino More than 1 year ago
I loved lthe characters
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Megan Wright More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!