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Short Review: Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Goodreads Summary:

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.


This book was really fun for me to read. The first one hundred pages I was like, “No… I want something that will grab me and keep me hooked, not make me want to cry!” but then the story progressed and I got into it and didn’t even notice how much time had passed! I read most of the book in one sitting. Lipstick Apology is Jennifer Jabaley’s debut novel and I think it was a good start on her behalf. There are some areas she can improve on as an author but overall she did a good job. Some scenes seemed a little rushed and I wish she would have expanded more on some characters but overall, I was okay with the book and I loved the ending.

If you want a slightly emotional yet fun read, this is your book. It’s like a slice of yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Not too intense yet not too bland either.

Rating: 4/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it.

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book.

3/5: I liked it (A fun read).

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing.

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

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