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WARNING: Sexual references, occassional coarse language. When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the internation WARNING: Sexual references, occassional coarse language. When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.


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WARNING: Sexual references, occassional coarse language. When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the internation WARNING: Sexual references, occassional coarse language. When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

30 review for The Kiss Off

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    Another lazy weekend review. I'm glad Tara decided to convince me to keep going on the book because my first impression turned out to be wrong. At first, I thought The Kiss Off read like a tween book with some naughty words added in for giggles. It caught me by surprise when the story took a turn into more serious subject matter. I've said it before but I'll say it again here : I could never date a celebrity and still manage to keep my sanity intact. It's no surprise that Poppy had to overcome se Another lazy weekend review. I'm glad Tara decided to convince me to keep going on the book because my first impression turned out to be wrong. At first, I thought The Kiss Off read like a tween book with some naughty words added in for giggles. It caught me by surprise when the story took a turn into more serious subject matter. I've said it before but I'll say it again here : I could never date a celebrity and still manage to keep my sanity intact. It's no surprise that Poppy had to overcome several speedbumps (everything from paparazzi stalking to an embarrassing sexting incident) before she figured out whether or not to give her relationship with a budding rock star a chance. This was a cute and short little read. I did feel like the story was a bit frantic and all over the place for the first 20% of the book but after the pacing stabilized, I started to enjoy myself. It's hard to place this book into an age range. I read quite a bit of YA, so I'm not sure why this one felt so young to me, when this is definitely not a middle grade book. Between the sexting incident, the swearing, the drinking, etc., the content leans heavily toward older YA. For whatever reason, the tone/voice of the characters read as younger than their ages. Maybe I'm so desensitized now with YA characters who sound like adults and this book is "technically" more realistic for how teens generally interact, but the vibe read younger than what I'd normally prefer. Then again, I can respect that I am not the intended age range of readers for this book. I'd recommend The Kiss Off mainly for younger teens or older teens and adults who don't mind reading fun/fluffy love stories with a little bit of back and forth drama.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This book had a TON of promise. I started reading and enjoyed the writing within the first paragraph. I like characters who sound authentic, and Poppy certainly "sounded" like a teenager. I even enjoyed the plot. Who doesn't remember their first heartbreak? Especially when that heartbreak comes at the expense of a life long friendship (Cam and Poppy were great friends to begin with). Then, a quarter of the way in, the book jumped the shark. It wasn't one specific moment, but a whole lot of moments This book had a TON of promise. I started reading and enjoyed the writing within the first paragraph. I like characters who sound authentic, and Poppy certainly "sounded" like a teenager. I even enjoyed the plot. Who doesn't remember their first heartbreak? Especially when that heartbreak comes at the expense of a life long friendship (Cam and Poppy were great friends to begin with). Then, a quarter of the way in, the book jumped the shark. It wasn't one specific moment, but a whole lot of moments and suddenly, I didn't love the book so much. I think one of the things that made me lose interest was(view spoiler)[ the relationship between Ty and Poppy. The author spends about about four chapters building this relationship. That's it. Then Ty's band gets famous (from covering Poppy's song) and they leave on tour. I don't feel like there was enough time for me to get invested in their relationship. I didn't get to know Ty well enough to know whether or not he would lie or cheat and honestly, I didn't care either way. Then, we learn about Cam's "cheating", and the subsequent break up. It was all a little too FRIENDS.... Actually, it was exactly like that, which did nothing but induce major eye rolling from me. (hide spoiler)] I'm actually really sad this book didn't live up to my expectations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna {Book Passion For Life}

    4.5 stars! Well, that was one hell of a surprising read! I have to be honest, I kind of judged The Kiss Off before I started reading it. Not a lot of my reading buddies on Goodreads have read this book so I wasn’t really expecting much from it – but boy was I wrong, because The Kiss Off was one kick ass read! Poppy Douglas is a teenage girl on a war path since her boyfriend; Cam, cheated on her with one of her so-called best friend; Nikki. So to get revenge, Poppy writes a song and posts it on Y 4.5 stars! Well, that was one hell of a surprising read! I have to be honest, I kind of judged The Kiss Off before I started reading it. Not a lot of my reading buddies on Goodreads have read this book so I wasn’t really expecting much from it – but boy was I wrong, because The Kiss Off was one kick ass read! Poppy Douglas is a teenage girl on a war path since her boyfriend; Cam, cheated on her with one of her so-called best friend; Nikki. So to get revenge, Poppy writes a song and posts it on YouTube for the whole world to see. However, Poppy is more than shocked when her song becomes one of the most popular watched videos on YouTube and soon, a local band wanted to pick up her song. This is where she meets Ty, the lead singer of the band and it’s pretty clear he’s interested in Poppy. While Poppy is welcomed into Ty’s world, she can’t help think about Cam, especially when he starts showing interest in her again. Can Poppy survive being so popular? And most importantly how does she choose between Cam and Ty? I still can’t believe how much this book surprised me! I’ve been on a real contemporary kick lately and this really hit all the spots. The storyline was just so much fun – even the opening chapter was fun and I loved it! The main character Poppy is fantastic, she’s very bubbly, funny and very talented. I loved the whole singer/song writer and YouTube business and it really added to her awesome personality. She’s has a lot of balls to do the things she does – not many people would do it but Poppy does and she doesn’t do it by half’s. The secondary characters were fantastic too, especially Ty. I even liked Cam as he’s supposed to be the bad guy. I didn’t really care for Nikki – to much drama for my liking and all the other boys like Dev were a great addition too. Overall, The Kiss Off is a fun, feisty and flirty read and this is YA contemporary romance at its best! I’d highly recommend you read this book because it’s not one to miss out on and I cannot wait to read the sequel when it’s released. A big thank you Megan at Reading Away the Days & Sarah Billington for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    You can read this and my other reviews at Pages & Prose The Kiss Off was a quick, fun read and, while I had issues with some of the decisions the MC made, it had a good message. I knew from the first sentence that this would be a quick read. The first chapter was a bit all over the place; the main character, Poppy, brought in a multitude of new characters within the first few pages. I had no idea who any of these people were and it took a bit to figure it out. [spoilers removed] Poppy was also a b You can read this and my other reviews at Pages & Prose The Kiss Off was a quick, fun read and, while I had issues with some of the decisions the MC made, it had a good message. I knew from the first sentence that this would be a quick read. The first chapter was a bit all over the place; the main character, Poppy, brought in a multitude of new characters within the first few pages. I had no idea who any of these people were and it took a bit to figure it out. [spoilers removed] Poppy was also a bit of an airhead with typical YA background parents, but I felt that she grew quite a bit in the story and learned a lesson. At first she annoyed me, but eventually, I kind of enjoyed her antics. While parts of the writing were somewhat convoluted (see above paragraph), I think Ms. Billington has a flair for writing. She definitely had a tween/teens voice down pat. Good job! There were many, many alcoholic and sexual references [spoilers removed] and I really found the lack of parental units/lack of discipline crazy. Maybe I'm behind the times? Overall, I liked the book. I had issues with a few things, but it was as intended; a fun, fluffy read. I like the intended message and think the author did a great job writing a book that younger teens/tweens could relate to while giving them information on serious subjects. I applaud Ms. Billington for that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Poppy thinks her world is coming to an end when her boyfriend cheats on her with one of her close friends. In a moment of heartache and drunkenness, she decided to get her revenge. The result? She writes a song about their breakup called the Kiss off, and posts herself singing it on Youtube. The response? An overwhelming mass of hits on youtube and a local band - The Academy Lies - wanting to perform it. It doesn't hurt that their sexy lead singer, Ty, is interested in Poppy. Poppy suddenly goes Poppy thinks her world is coming to an end when her boyfriend cheats on her with one of her close friends. In a moment of heartache and drunkenness, she decided to get her revenge. The result? She writes a song about their breakup called the Kiss off, and posts herself singing it on Youtube. The response? An overwhelming mass of hits on youtube and a local band - The Academy Lies - wanting to perform it. It doesn't hurt that their sexy lead singer, Ty, is interested in Poppy. Poppy suddenly goes from just a girl with a broken heart to a girl who, not only is dating the lead singer of one of the hottest new bands on the radio but also a songwriter with a smash hit. She becomes an overnight sensation. Add to the mix a picture of her topless is leaked online, her love life is in tatters - with the indication her new boyfriend is a cheat and her ex boyfriend wanting her back, and suddenly Poppy feels like everything is spinning out of control and she doesn't know who or what to believe anymore. A wonderfully well written book by Sarah Billington - a Melbourne Indie Author and editor. The characters come alive and the story sucks you in so deeply that you are hoping that Poppy and Ty can make it through the throes of success and find true love with each other. I can't wait to see what Sarah Billington does next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Yeah, I write poems about my exes. I wish I could get famous for that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chicklitgirl

    Read the review and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog! http://chick-lit-girl.blogspot.com/20... Rating: 3/5 stars Romance Swoon Scale: 2.3/5 stars, Adorable, Sweet Bonus Bits: LOLgasms, Smiling in anticipation, Rooting for heroine. Warning?: Yes. Sexual References, occasional course language. Action: Running from the paparazzi. Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Published: May 15th 2012 by Billington Media Series: No. The Kiss Off was a book that made me laugh, smile and cringe several times. I love Read the review and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog! http://chick-lit-girl.blogspot.com/20... Rating: 3/5 stars Romance Swoon Scale: 2.3/5 stars, Adorable, Sweet Bonus Bits: LOLgasms, Smiling in anticipation, Rooting for heroine. Warning?: Yes. Sexual References, occasional course language. Action: Running from the paparazzi. Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Published: May 15th 2012 by Billington Media Series: No. The Kiss Off was a book that made me laugh, smile and cringe several times. I loved its whole plot and concept of the story- and the how unpredictable it was! The sort-of love triangle kept me guessing till the last freakin' page and the musical-teen-angst angle was refreshing and a lot of fun. Throw in all the lol bits, and I was sold. Poppy Douglas, our protagonist for the day was a very relatable teenage girl who made mistakes like all teenagers do, and was a solid, believable character. I also really liked Poppy's relationship with her best friends. They were there for her when they could be and Mads, specially, was so much fun! I loved her quirky outfits and just her general personality. Ty was super duper adorable and so hot. Sigh. The Kiss Off wasn't very fast paced because it was so detailed, all of Poppy's thoughts and actions explained, but the writing was clear and straightforward, which made The Kiss Off an easy read. I loved the whole music scene, a look into the modern crazy celeb world and personally, Academy of Lies is such a cool name for a band. Official yet not official- (...if you know what I mean.) There were so many creative funny bits and awkward teenager moments, and those were what really made The Kiss Off pop and pack a more fun punch. The language wasn't very clean, but I liked that, since it made the whole thing more authentic and teenage-y because really, we all use bad words at one point or another in our vocabulary. It also showed Poppy making some mistakes which probably all teenagers could learn from although- seriously, WHEN is sexting EVER a good idea? The ending though I think, could have been done better, and I don't want to spoil it, it WAS a good ending but it felt a bit unfulfilling somehow. It had potential to be better. And dude, the story started with Poppy's songs, and her songs were a big part of the book- so Ms Sarah Billington I WANTED TO READ THE LYRICS TO THEM! I mean you go on and on about the song but we only get snippets of the lyrics. I really wanted to know what everyone loved so much and you left it out. Just like that. And that sucked. The cover also left me unimpressed. I mean, yeah okay, its related to the book, and it is a bit cute, but it could have been better. The freakin' FONT could have been way better! It doesn't look very professional and in my opinion screams self published- and a lot of people are wary about sp books not being very good. BUT aside from all that I really liked The Kiss Off. I love books that can make me laugh and smile and feel for the protag. Books with protags who don't have dysfunctional families, have good bffs, and books with proper heroines who write kick ass songs and then get famous for them rock. And I specially love books with sweet romances. So yes, The Kiss Off was a pretty good book, well worth the time and you should def give it a go. xx Chicklitgirl

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I don't read a lot of contemporary. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I'm a writer of paranormal, and hence I love reading paranormal. But this book was just amazing. I literally read it in one day, and while it's not that long of a book, I just couldn't stop reading. Ms. Billington, you successfully made me laugh out loud and even cry. Twice. I think what really grabbed me with this I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I don't read a lot of contemporary. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I'm a writer of paranormal, and hence I love reading paranormal. But this book was just amazing. I literally read it in one day, and while it's not that long of a book, I just couldn't stop reading. Ms. Billington, you successfully made me laugh out loud and even cry. Twice. I think what really grabbed me with this book is that we've all imagined at some point being the girlfriend of a rock god. But it'd be even cooler if your song about a sucky ex-boyfriend was what made the band into a world-wide phenomenon. And there's so much more! I loved that Poppy herself was an artist. She wasn't just riding on the coat tails of her famous maybe love interest, but she actually wrote the song that they rocked-up (yes, that is a word...). I used to play an instrument and I even tried learning the guitar because I thought it would be awesome to be in a rock band. Let's just say the case is quite dusty now and I'm a better singer anyways. But I really loved the perspective of this normal girl who becomes the center of attention for the entire country from her own song. And that includes her budding relationship with before-mentioned rock god, Tyler. I loved the romance in this one. That is one of the best things about contemporaries; it's almost always about the romance. It's so weird because I once had a boyfriend in my freshman year of high school who was named Cameron. I won't get into the details but what happened in this book between Poppy and Cam kind of reminded me of that. The fact that he was named Cam helped too. But I have never dated anyone name Tyler so luckily that slate was clean. Tyler is definitely on of my favorite YA boys after reading this one. He's sweet and charming and humble, but just like all people that end up being in the spotlight, his acts in public get seriously twisted by the media. I don't why, but their relationship kind of reminded me of that scene in Ocean's 11 where Clooney asks, "Does he make you laugh?" and Roberts says, "He doesn't make me cry." And, oh, was I crying. And laughing. And sobbing. And laughing again. This book is a total emotional roller coaster, but it's worth the tears and fruitless gasps for air. I think my only issue was that her friends kind of fell flat. I realize that Poppy was grounded. A lot. But I wish they had been more present. Otherwise, this was a very worthwhile read. You can never be sure when you get books like these that are published by Indie publishers and that are only available in ebooks. But if you're looking for the next YA Indie contemporary to read, this is it. Or just next YA contemporary in general! I honestly cannot wait for the next one. I didn't even know there was going to be a sequel!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    The Kiss Off sounded like a cute book, so I picked it up and thankfully it was! Poppy is an angry, sarcastic, songwriting mash-up of teenage girl and drama. Boy was this book filled with drama. Poor Poppy has been wronged by her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with her ex-friend/coworker. So, what does she do? Write an angry girl song about and put it on YouTube. An up and coming band recognizes it for the genius that it is and has a meteoric rise to fame due to said song. Poppy and the lead sin The Kiss Off sounded like a cute book, so I picked it up and thankfully it was! Poppy is an angry, sarcastic, songwriting mash-up of teenage girl and drama. Boy was this book filled with drama. Poor Poppy has been wronged by her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with her ex-friend/coworker. So, what does she do? Write an angry girl song about and put it on YouTube. An up and coming band recognizes it for the genius that it is and has a meteoric rise to fame due to said song. Poppy and the lead singer hit it off and a relationship ensues. The this is Poppy is only 16 years old and might not be ready to deal with not only a long distance relationship, but having a rock star for a boyfriend. To top it all off her ex-boyfriend is showing interest again their breakup might not have been what she thought. I must admit I loved Poppy's boy drama, especially because it isn't mine. Both of the guys in her life have their good and bad qualities. Cam is the ex and throughout the story readers can see that he still feels something for Poppy, whether friendship or something more...you'll just have to read and see. Then there is Ty the super talented and sexy rock star who loved her song. He is nice and seems to sincerely like Poppy, but there is always the question of if he really likes her or just her song. Add to that the troubles that come with being a celebrity boyfriend on tour and Ty and Poppy are in for a bumpy ride. There is a host of other characters, but my favorite by far was Poo Bum the dog! I loved his stinky doggy self and the comedic relief he added to the story. The only characters that I wasn't too impressed with were Mads and Vanya. Mads seemed to do a complete 180 and Vanya had all but disappeared by the end of the book. . Last and most pickiest was some of the phrases seemed a little off...almost British. Perhaps it was just me. I definitely can't wait until the sequel comes out. I give this book a 4 STAR rating!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    The Kiss Off is an entertaining book that will have readers laughing out loud! It's fun and told in a unique way. A short read that I would recommend to teenagers. Poppy Douglas is a young girl with big dreams. Uploading videos of her own songs has never got her very far until she releases 'The Kiss Off'. Inspired by the breakup with her cheating boyfriend, the video has gathered a large crowd. And soon she's getting recognised everywhere. When she meets Ty, her world spirals out of control. The The Kiss Off is an entertaining book that will have readers laughing out loud! It's fun and told in a unique way. A short read that I would recommend to teenagers. Poppy Douglas is a young girl with big dreams. Uploading videos of her own songs has never got her very far until she releases 'The Kiss Off'. Inspired by the breakup with her cheating boyfriend, the video has gathered a large crowd. And soon she's getting recognised everywhere. When she meets Ty, her world spirals out of control. The word 'privacy' does not exist any more. Can she handle all the pressure of being a rock star's girlfriend and lead a normal life? I found The Kiss Off a very easy book to get into. I liked the characters, I thought the plot was interesting, but I would have liked to see more description. I didn't like the fact that the main characters weren't described. What does Poppy look like? What does Ty look like? It was very hard to picture the scenes in my head. Poppy and Ty's relationship was, at first, a pleasure to read about. But then all the sexting, fame and cheating suspicions came and complicated it all. Their relationship was definitely not normal and I loved how they seemed to get through any obstacle put in their way. If your looking for a short read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, then I would definitely recommend this to you. The book does lack description and character build-up but overall the book is very interesting. NOTE: The Kiss Off deals with some situations that might make readers uncomfortable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Literary Chanteuse

    I've just read a story about an older woman falling in love with a hometown boy turned rock star to this young adult teen doing the same. I didn't even plan it! In any case I must say my advice is same. Girl go for the rock star! This is a really fun read. It brought me right back to high school. I liked the heroine here because she comes off as just your average teen girl. Not trying to be anything else than who she is and discovering how not your average teen drama can reek havoc on her life. I've just read a story about an older woman falling in love with a hometown boy turned rock star to this young adult teen doing the same. I didn't even plan it! In any case I must say my advice is same. Girl go for the rock star! This is a really fun read. It brought me right back to high school. I liked the heroine here because she comes off as just your average teen girl. Not trying to be anything else than who she is and discovering how not your average teen drama can reek havoc on her life. Some great moments and creative events that will have you singing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    well.... hmm. revenge, guys, and cheating. and music and angry youtube videos that top the charts. all mixed in with some vulgar language and dirty scenes. so. not the best choice of reading material.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)

    The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington was such a fun book that could have quite possibly been the illegitimate love child of two books that I really enjoyed Awkward by Marni Bates and Casey Barnes Eponymous by E. A. Riggs. The reason I say that it reminds me of those two books because 1) Poppy’s story is similar to the main character in Awkward. The world of YouTube and a little attention from a band send Poppy into the media frenzy much like what happened in Awkward and 2) She has the sass and love The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington was such a fun book that could have quite possibly been the illegitimate love child of two books that I really enjoyed Awkward by Marni Bates and Casey Barnes Eponymous by E. A. Riggs. The reason I say that it reminds me of those two books because 1) Poppy’s story is similar to the main character in Awkward. The world of YouTube and a little attention from a band send Poppy into the media frenzy much like what happened in Awkward and 2) She has the sass and love of music like the main character in Casey Barnes Eponymous! Even though there were similarities between The Kiss Off with Awkward & Casey Barnes Eponymous, Sarah Billington’s book is certainly different and fun in all the right spots! Our main character was a lot of fun to read about! Poppy has a lot of spunk and a huge love for music! She was confident, sassy, and let her songwriting show off her true, innermost feelings which I so appreciated. I loved that she was so close with her two best friends, Mads & Vanya. Their entire relationship seemed so real and all three characters had separate, quirky personalities that jumped right off the page! Poppy is dealing with all of the craziness that her song, The Kiss Off, brings on, and Vanya & Mads are there by her side giving her advice no matter how good or bad that advice may be. Some of this advice proves helpful and other times it just gets Poppy into a pickle…a really funny & hilarious pickle, but still a pickle. While Poppy and her friends seemed so much like real teens and their relationship was really solid, I still had a hard time really relating with the main character. I blame it on being an old soul. I loved all the crazy, wild, hilarious situations that Poppy found herself in, but I did not always agree with how she got there. This girly likes to make some pretty rash decisions without thinking of the consequences and that’s just something that doesn’t quite float my boat. I may not have connected with the main character as much as I generally like but I think it is still safe to say readers will get a kick out of Poppy’s personality as well with the vibrant personalities of her two best friends! There was a bit of a love triangle in this story! Poppy had quite the relationship with Cam. That was until he cheated and helped inspire the song that in turn helped make her uber famous. Poppy’s song leads us to Ty, the lead singer of a very awesome, up & coming band, Academy Of Lies. Academy Of Lies’ cover of Poppy’s song is what thrusts them into instant stardom and in turn Poppy. At first I hated the heck out of Cam and liked Ty. Near the middle I sort of liked Cam and didn’t like Ty. By the end of the book I liked them both and was thoroughly confused on where my feelings should be (in a good way). I liked that this love triangle wasn’t very obvious. It really made me think about whom she would end up with and what led her to her decision. Despite his actions at the beginning of the book, Cam is really a great, caring guy. Even after Poppy outs him as a cheater to the entire world, he is still looking after her. And Ty was super goofy and sweet throughout the story. I liked that his personality really worked so well with Poppy’s. And don’t think I am being vague with who she ends up with on accident. You’ll just have to read the book to find out! For fans of books, music, and a good laugh I strongly suggest The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington. There may have been some small details that didn’t sit well with me but overall this was still a really fun, enjoyable book and I cannot wait to see what kind of craziness ensues in the next book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    L.j. Duett

    Score: Four Outta Five Stars. The book cover is cute. Reminds me of books I use to read back in Jr. High. Again, it matches with the whole plot of the book and I like that there isn't one standard pretty model. Snaps go out to whoever did the cover. Now as for the actual novel itself. It's again not my normal cup of tea. Neither, fantasy, paranormal, or dystopian, it's premise still caught my eye. What drew me into reading this book was the slight nostalgia I felt when reading the blurb. Like th Score: Four Outta Five Stars. The book cover is cute. Reminds me of books I use to read back in Jr. High. Again, it matches with the whole plot of the book and I like that there isn't one standard pretty model. Snaps go out to whoever did the cover. Now as for the actual novel itself. It's again not my normal cup of tea. Neither, fantasy, paranormal, or dystopian, it's premise still caught my eye. What drew me into reading this book was the slight nostalgia I felt when reading the blurb. Like the cover, it reminded me of my Jr. High/ High School Days. So, I figured what the heck, let's give it a go! I'm pleased to say my green light didn't result in a crash and burn. The Kiss Off not only has a catchy title but also a darn good plot. It's story sucked me in from the get-go and I pretty much enjoyed the whole ride with only a few eyebrow raising issues. So before I move on to those issues, here's what's good about The Kiss Off: The Chracters....are real. I'm big about believable characters and well, Billington did good job with these. Her character's are not portrayed as perfect, they are far from it. They make major mistakes and only later do they learn from them. Such an occurrence is called growth. As for the plot, it's believable. Billington does a upstanding job at building the whole insta fandom in this book, making things snowball just as they would in real life. Her descriptions were simplistic but it set the right tone for the book, bettering the story pacing for me. What's more is though this book may seem like just a nice fluffy romance, I like the the author added a touch of seriousness in the growing climax of this book in the guise of sexting. (No Spoilers, sorry gonna have to read it to know what I'm talking about!) So what did make my eyebrows take a trip into my hairline? At one point in the book, the pacing changed. It jumped forward, which usually isn't a problem with me except it wasn't a standard pacing from the start. Basically, it wasn't consistent with the book. I felt kinda like I was in a golf cart, riding happily along when suddenly the driver sped up and left me with a nasty case of whiplash. The pace change simply didn't suit the story's overall gait. Also, I felt annoyed with the MC towards 3/4 of the book. She kept bouncing between her dang ex and her dang new ex. I detest such circumstances. I wanted to reach into the book and wack some sense into the MC. The whole situation left me with a erriy Twilight vibe. You know the one were Bella couldn't let either Edward or Jacob go? Yeah, I wanted to punch Bella then too. Overall, I really enjoyed The Kiss Off. The story was good, the plot tight, the writing style simplistic but perfect for the book's tone. Only the switch in pacing and the leaving men hanging part knocked down my score for this book. Eitherway, I still stand behind my comment that the author has some good writing skills under her belt. I'd say for those who enjoy this kinda genre, keep a close eye on Billington. I don't think you'll find anything but good novels from this author. E-galley was provided by the author in return for a honest review. This review was part of the The Kiss Off Blog Tour hosted by Reading Away the Days! For More Reviews,

  15. 5 out of 5

    YA Reads Book Reviews

    Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole. The Kiss Off was surprisingly adorable. I was really nervous when I read the synopsis. I thought that the whole song/band/contemporary feel to the book would give it too much of a cheese factor. I have to say, though, I was pleasantly surprised. It was really cute! There were moments that the book did have a cheese factor, but I feel that contemporary fans are really going to love this one! What really stands out to me is that The Kiss Off Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole. The Kiss Off was surprisingly adorable. I was really nervous when I read the synopsis. I thought that the whole song/band/contemporary feel to the book would give it too much of a cheese factor. I have to say, though, I was pleasantly surprised. It was really cute! There were moments that the book did have a cheese factor, but I feel that contemporary fans are really going to love this one! What really stands out to me is that The Kiss Off made me laugh out loud and giggle like a little kid. Hell, I think I even snorted once. It was flipping funny! I don’t usually have those kinds of emotions when reading books, so it was awesome! And that lasted throughout the whole book. I was constantly laughing. Sarah Billington definitely knows how to create an entertaining read. My major complaint with The Kiss Off is that it’s a little bit too dramatic for my personal taste. I found myself getting tired with all the relationship drama and who was dating who and who was on the outs and fighting and breaking up. That drama lasts throughout the whole book, which is something that I didn’t really care for. BUT….the synopsis can pretty much tell you that it’s a drama filled teen contemporary novel. So, I knew what I was getting myself into ahead of time. I’m not the biggest contemporary fan…so that stuff doesn’t always appeal to me. However, I think that contemporary lovers are going to go crazy over the drama! And, if I’m being honest, it was kind of interesting drama. I mean…it wasn’t really realistic…but it was kinda cool reading about this song writer/youtube pop star who was dating a real pop star. I mean…it was really interesting. As far as the characters go, I did really love Poppy. I thought she was hilarious. I also really liked Poppy’s friends. There were some characters in the book that made me wonder why they even existed. Not everyone in the book was a hit for me. But I think that those characters are each going to be loved in their own way. Personally, I wasn’t too hooked on either of the love interests. I thought that they were both jackasses…but I think that was intentional. And let’s be honest….every teenage boy is a jackass at some point in time. (Sorry, guys!) Overall, I really liked The Kiss Off. I thought that it was a super cute read that younger readers and contemporary lovers are going to enjoy! I have to say that I’m shocked that this one is an Indie book. I’ve never been able to say that before….but I’m not quite sure why this one hasn’t been published. It was really cute!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah

    The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington starts off with the main protagonist, Poppy, writing and recording a song about her ex-boyfriend and ex-friend and uploading it on youtube. The video went viral and in a matter of days she was a youtube sensation. She then meets Tye who is part of a local band. They cover her song and THEY end up signing a contract with a recording agency. Now here is when my bad feelings set in; did Tye only approach her and hang with her because of the song? Does he genuinely l The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington starts off with the main protagonist, Poppy, writing and recording a song about her ex-boyfriend and ex-friend and uploading it on youtube. The video went viral and in a matter of days she was a youtube sensation. She then meets Tye who is part of a local band. They cover her song and THEY end up signing a contract with a recording agency. Now here is when my bad feelings set in; did Tye only approach her and hang with her because of the song? Does he genuinely like her? Is he going to ditch her once he’s famous? Will SHE want royalty when the song hits it big (which it did)? Then enters Cam, her ex-boyfriend into the picture. Again, I really liked Tye but then the ex-boyfriend had to be all adorable and puppy eyed. I was in so much conflict over who she should end up with, Tye or Cam? I don’t want to spoil who she ends up with which is why I wont say who I was rooting for in the end but Sarah keeps you till the last couple of pages anticipating how the book is going to end. I was seriously on the edge of my seat ready to scream because I had a feeling she was going to end with the person I wasn’t rooting for, but boy was I glad my gut feeling was wrong! The plot was fun, quirky, and mature. I loved the protagonist, even though she had a bit of anger management issues but its ok, I’ve got that too. She was great to her friends, not greedy on the fact that she just handed over her song to Tye’s band, and she wasn’t perfect. She’d break her parent’s rules, sneak out of the house just to chill with her friends, and honest. I loved that her excuse of why she snuck out when her parents specifically told her not to was ‘what did you expect? You left me alone, in a house, I was bound to break the rules!’. She isn’t a goody-two shoe and I really liked that about her. The only problem I had with her is an incident where she sent a photo to her boyfriend because she didn’t want to “lose him” to any girl. Even though she realizes how STUPID she was the very next day, I was just shocked that she would succumb to peer pressure and do it. Overall The Kiss Off was highly enjoyable, the protagonist was very likable and there was actually a plot going on that kept me interested and wanting to read. I ended up finishing it in less than a day! I would recommend it to any contemporary lover or anyone wanting to read a contemporary with a kick-butt heroine!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lissette

    Ever since she can remember, Poppy Douglas has had a penchant for writing songs on any topic she could think of. It's her favorite pastime and she enjoys it immensely. The topics she chooses to sing about are anything but normal. Writing music is one of her simple pleasures that she likes to share with outside world via her YouTube channel. A woman scorned, Poppy soon pens a song about her ex-boyfriend and her now ex-best friend. Yet never once did she imagine gaining recognition for a song she c Ever since she can remember, Poppy Douglas has had a penchant for writing songs on any topic she could think of. It's her favorite pastime and she enjoys it immensely. The topics she chooses to sing about are anything but normal. Writing music is one of her simple pleasures that she likes to share with outside world via her YouTube channel. A woman scorned, Poppy soon pens a song about her ex-boyfriend and her now ex-best friend. Yet never once did she imagine gaining recognition for a song she created in order to nurse a broken heart. Determined to not let things with Cameron get to her, she pretends that everything is fine and dandy. Unfortunately, Cameron and Nikki are hard to ignore. They seem to be anywhere and everywhere, further driving home the fact that they're very much together. When a simple dare lands her in a bit of hot water with a very hot boy, Poppy wonders what she's gotten herself into. Yet she can't deny that she's very much attracted to Tyler. Poppy's world soon takes a different turn when Tyler and his band decide to sing a ramped up version of her new song, The Kiss Off. She's now thrust into the limelight and is unsure of what to do and where to go next. Caught up in a whirlwind courtship with Tyler, Poppy does her best to adjust to the changes that are rapidly occurring, changes that continue throwing her for a loop. She finds herself floundering within a deep abyss as lies and deceit soon surface, clouding her judgment when it comes to everything surrounding Tyler. Yet she's willing to give him the benefit of a doubt, even though her mind and her heart sometimes say otherwise. I totally enjoyed this story. It was hard to put it down once I got started in reading it. There were several comedic spots that had me giggling a lot and made me look forward to what happened next. I did catch some minor editing issues, but it didn't detract from getting into the book at all. Sarah did a wonderful job in creating a make-believe 'Hollywood' world surrounding Poppy, Tyler, and their friends. It's easy to envision the environment she created as well as taking into account that while this is just a story, this sort of thing happens often in the real world. I'm officially a fan of Sarah's and look forward to reading more of her work soon. The Kiss Off is a definite must-read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    I got bored with the paranormal, vampire, werevolf stuff, so I picked up this book for some light reading. After reading the summary, I tought that this will be a typical teen book, but it's about some serious stuff too. So Poppy is a normal girl with a hot boyfriend... well until they broke up, because of another girl. *What a surprise!!!* That night she wrote a song about their break up, and uploded it's video on Youtube. Because of the break up song, Poppy met Ty, badboy, lead singer. Ty's band I got bored with the paranormal, vampire, werevolf stuff, so I picked up this book for some light reading. After reading the summary, I tought that this will be a typical teen book, but it's about some serious stuff too. So Poppy is a normal girl with a hot boyfriend... well until they broke up, because of another girl. *What a surprise!!!* That night she wrote a song about their break up, and uploded it's video on Youtube. Because of the break up song, Poppy met Ty, badboy, lead singer. Ty's band want to preform her song. Soon the song is well-known in the whole world, Poppy is dating Ty... so everything is perfect right? Not really. We get to know more about the star's life, surrounded by paparazzi, jealousy, ex-boyfriend, etc. This was a cute and short little read. I liked the story, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It was a bit rushed for my liking. I've also heard that there will be a sequel... so can't wait to get my hands on that book. HUN: Szerettem volna egy kicsit elszakadnia a paranormális, vámpíros, farkasos könyvektől, ezért választottam a Kiss Off-ot, amolyan kikapcsolódás képen. Az összegzést olvasva azt gondoltam, hogy ez is egy lesz azokból a könyvekből, amiben a szegény csajszit otthagyja a pasija, aztán jön az új, nagy szerelem... és ez is történt, de ezek mellett, még más komolyabb témák is előkerültek a könyvben. Szóval miről is szól maga a történet? Poppy szabadidejében dalszövegeket ír, és a kész dalokat fel is tölti a Youtube-ra. Miután a pasija otthagyja az egyik barátnőjéért, ír egy dalt, ami mind a neten, és egy helyi banda körében is komolya érdeklődést vált ki.Ty, a banda énekese mellesleg elég jóképű pasi is, és nem sokára már egy párt is alkot Poppyval. A Kiss off-ot pedig az egész világon ismert szám lesz. A szerelem, megcsalás és családi gondok mellett, betekintést is kapunk a sztárok életébe, hogy milyen a reflektorfényben tölteni minden percünket. Meg kell, hogy mondja, a könyvnek úgy a 3/4-e volt az ami igazán tetszett. A vége kicsit zavaros volt, túl gyorsan történtek a dolgok, és habár minden jól végződött, a befejezés sem tetszett. Amint már korábban mondtam, komoly (és viszonylag reális) betekintést is kapunk mind a a sztárok, mind a tinilélekvilágába is. Ha minden igaz, 2013-ban jön majd a folytatás is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hot Stuff Book Reviews

    http://freak-ya-tastic.blogspot.fr/20... This novel is a one shot. I received an e-ARC of this novel and I have to thank the author big time for this opportunity. By now, you must know how I love to read novels ni which music has a part - big or not. The Kiss Off is no exception. I had a crazy awesome time with this novel and the main character named Poppy. This novel has everything I'm looking for in this kind of novel: it's funny, there's teenage drama, music, a rock band, references to pop cultu http://freak-ya-tastic.blogspot.fr/20... This novel is a one shot. I received an e-ARC of this novel and I have to thank the author big time for this opportunity. By now, you must know how I love to read novels ni which music has a part - big or not. The Kiss Off is no exception. I had a crazy awesome time with this novel and the main character named Poppy. This novel has everything I'm looking for in this kind of novel: it's funny, there's teenage drama, music, a rock band, references to pop culture, a reflexion about being famous and a character really sensitive with whom you can't not fall in love with. Even the less present characters are great and really bring some more life in the story. In fact, in this book the author recreates a real world in which something crazy happens to a girl you can easily feel some empathy for. Another wonderful thing is, even if it seems kind of crazy and "impossible" what's happening to Poppy and her new "celebrity", it sounds possible in a way. I never felt out of the story and I was always looking forward to know what will happen next because, most of the time, I didn't know what's going to happen in Poppy's life. Of course, some little things are predictable but I already read other books far much more predictable and I enjoyed them, so imagine how much I'm delighted by this novel. But, I think there're a few passages in the novel that are maybe a little too much counting what's happening instead of showing us. It's nothing major, really, and doesn't bother while reading but it kind of makes me afraid to be less delighted because of the little breaks in the rhythm. In the end, and even after I read the first chapter I knew it's a must read. I want it on my shelves and not only in ebook version in my Ipad. I recommand it to readers looking for a fun novel, who loves Awkward by Marni Bates and pretty much to every young-adult readers willing to have a wonderful time with a contemporary romance with a strong young adult vibe. Oh! And, there's a swooning adorable rock star. Don't say you're not tempted!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    So, it's late at night (or early in the morning if you want to be all technical about it) and my first day of school in the new semester starts tomorrow (or later today I guess) so I really should be sleeping right now and prepping myself for a new semester by getting a good night's rest, but that plan got messed up. I just had to finish reading this book first. In the back of my head a voice is telling me that I am being stupid and that I need to get sleep for school and I can just read the res So, it's late at night (or early in the morning if you want to be all technical about it) and my first day of school in the new semester starts tomorrow (or later today I guess) so I really should be sleeping right now and prepping myself for a new semester by getting a good night's rest, but that plan got messed up. I just had to finish reading this book first. In the back of my head a voice is telling me that I am being stupid and that I need to get sleep for school and I can just read the rest of the book another time when it isn't so dark outside. But another voice, a more dominant voice, tells my other voice to shut up because "I have to know what is going to happen next!" There really was no "good" stopping point for me, I had to keep reading, there was not a option for me. End of story. That is my excuse and I will stick to that excuse when people ask me why I look so tired when I should look well-rested after a whole month of rest from school for the holidays. I am sooooo glad I downloaded this book and read it! It has the whole celebrity, rock-star theme going-on which I totally am a fan of for my reading purposes. That whole struggle between fame and privacy and all that. Kind of like the Hidden Gem series but different; different plots but same themes about popularity and being famous and the prices associated with it. Definitely loved this book and am going to have a hard time falling asleep for a while now that I am wired from all the excitement in the book. Way to go Sarah! This book is awesome!

  21. 5 out of 5

    carole

    The Kiss Off is an incredibly fun book, one of my favorites this year. I absolutely adore this slew of characters, the hilarious moments, and the cute love stories (and like stories). It's a tale of High School romance told by an amazing author! Poppy is a great character. She was a normal teenager until the song she wrote is heard by millions of people, and one of those people is just a stranger on a bus until a chance meeting. This stranger, Ty, is one swoon worthy leading man. I just love the The Kiss Off is an incredibly fun book, one of my favorites this year. I absolutely adore this slew of characters, the hilarious moments, and the cute love stories (and like stories). It's a tale of High School romance told by an amazing author! Poppy is a great character. She was a normal teenager until the song she wrote is heard by millions of people, and one of those people is just a stranger on a bus until a chance meeting. This stranger, Ty, is one swoon worthy leading man. I just love the chemistry that Sarah creates between her characters (and not just the main ones, all characters are created equal in The Kiss Off), love it. When Ty's band plays the song, they make it big time, and Poppy is along for the ride. Screaming fans and groupies gave me this Between the Lines feel, I LOVE Between the Lines. It is just a great novel and I can go on and on about what I love but I think anyone reading this should check it out on release day! Poppy's home life is chaotic. With two younger siblings, there is an endless supply of hilarious and sometimes embarrassing moments. But, what would high school be without some drama and surprise. Her parents are down to earth and another great addition to the story. And, although they aren't keyed into Poppy's life in the beginning of the book, they have a fantastic presence at the end. All around I absolutely adore this book and recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent contemporary read. It's a wonderful love story that many of us can relate to. Being 16 is great, but Poppy has her share of rocky waters through the story. Read it! I can't wait to check out more books by Sarah Billington!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (Books With Bite)

    The story of my life! How I wish I can sing songs about my life? And for it to go global, even better. The Kiss Off is a sweet book about loss, love, and finding yourself. The first thing that captured me about this book is the great plot line. Writing a song about cheating boyfriend and friends, I felt Poppy's anger. I loved that she expressed her emotion through a song with out any violence. Poppy is a typical teenager that everyone can relate too. She has homework, friends, and a life that is The story of my life! How I wish I can sing songs about my life? And for it to go global, even better. The Kiss Off is a sweet book about loss, love, and finding yourself. The first thing that captured me about this book is the great plot line. Writing a song about cheating boyfriend and friends, I felt Poppy's anger. I loved that she expressed her emotion through a song with out any violence. Poppy is a typical teenager that everyone can relate too. She has homework, friends, and a life that is spinning out of control fast. With each new chapter, the reader sees Poppy set on on a journey on what is the truth. The truth. It hurts doesn't it? Poppy goes through some life lessons and struggles with answers. Her friends are always there to support her. I like that in the midst of her trouble Poppy takes a step back and really tries to figure out what to do. She doesn't lay back and forget about it. She wants to help, wants to change, wants to be friends. I liked this part of her overall character. Now the love interest in the story is all kinds of awesome. First I like both the guys in the book. Both are unique in their own kind of way and both have deep feelings for Poppy. The mistakes that they make are mistakes that everyone makes. I adore how in the end their true feeling comes outs. The drama in between, holds the reader till the end. Your going to have to read this yourself of you want to know who she ends up with *wink* The Kiss Off is an charming, coming of age story that I think every teen can relate to. From teen angst to a blooming romance, The Kiss Off if what you want to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley - Book Labyrinth

    1.5 stars I absolutely adored the concept of this book, and I had seen so many positive reviews, which is why I decided to accept it for review. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, because I still really love the plot of the book in general. In the end, though, this book just didn’t work for me. The whole book felt very run-on, like things kept happening and happening, but it felt like there wasn’t any real plan for the book. Poppy also came across as a very unreliable narrator. Despite being in 1.5 stars I absolutely adored the concept of this book, and I had seen so many positive reviews, which is why I decided to accept it for review. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, because I still really love the plot of the book in general. In the end, though, this book just didn’t work for me. The whole book felt very run-on, like things kept happening and happening, but it felt like there wasn’t any real plan for the book. Poppy also came across as a very unreliable narrator. Despite being in her head I never really felt like I knew what she was feeling. She withheld crucial information, and even after reading the whole book I still had no clue what happened with the Poppy/Cam breakup. I thought most of the characters were very shallow, and none of the secondary characters felt well developed to me. For me the problem with this book was just a case of not being able to connect to the characters at all. There were all these relationships going on, and yet I couldn’t feel the connection between any of the characters. By the end of the book I just didn’t care what was happening, and I only managed to finish it because I was so close to the end. I hate when this happens, because it’s frustrating to me as a blogger to be so negative about a book. Unfortunately the only real positive I can come up with for this one is the premise, which unfortunately fell flat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sammee (I Want to Read That)

    I really loved this – it’s sweet, funny and I adored the romance! Perfect for fans of Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway or Awkward by Marni Bates – I wholeheartedly enjoyed it! I loved Poppy and her friends. All three of them shine in the story – the sensible Vanya and the slightly mad Mads – you could see how the three of them are such great friends. And I loved both Cam and Ty – I liked that the author doesn’t make Poppy’s choice an obvious one! Plus the story is seriously funny in places. Poo Bum’s I really loved this – it’s sweet, funny and I adored the romance! Perfect for fans of Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway or Awkward by Marni Bates – I wholeheartedly enjoyed it! I loved Poppy and her friends. All three of them shine in the story – the sensible Vanya and the slightly mad Mads – you could see how the three of them are such great friends. And I loved both Cam and Ty – I liked that the author doesn’t make Poppy’s choice an obvious one! Plus the story is seriously funny in places. Poo Bum’s first appearance is absolutely hysterical, as is Poppy’s dads reaction to her thinking she’s being cheated on! The family dynamic is awesome – I loved it! They tease each other but obviously love each other to death too. The romance is awesome as well. Although I would have liked to have gotten to know Ty a bit more I did really (really) like him. I also liked Cam too - he seemed sweet (and you come to realise that he might not be the bad guy after all). Ty’s story, and Poppy brush with fame makes me even more convinced I would hate it! I did love Ty’s ‘grand gesture’ though (*swoons*) And, of course, I loved the ending (I squeed a little) and it made me extra excited for the next book. I can’t wait to catch up with these characters. Seriously good fun!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I loved this book. Seriously loved it. Like-read in one day-love. This book is about a girl whose boyfriend cheats on her with her friend. She gets pissed and in Taylor Swift fashion writes a song about it. She puts the song on her youtube page and it goes viral. Everybody loves it. Then by chance one day she meets this boy named Ty who's really cute and pretty dang awesome. She ends up finding out that he's in a really cool band and they love her song. She goes to his gig one night and they cov I loved this book. Seriously loved it. Like-read in one day-love. This book is about a girl whose boyfriend cheats on her with her friend. She gets pissed and in Taylor Swift fashion writes a song about it. She puts the song on her youtube page and it goes viral. Everybody loves it. Then by chance one day she meets this boy named Ty who's really cute and pretty dang awesome. She ends up finding out that he's in a really cool band and they love her song. She goes to his gig one night and they cover her song. She thinks it's awesome and all's great in the world. Then the band gets signed. Mhmm. Oh and Ty and Poppy (the main chicky) start dating. So basically her life is awesome. Then of course all hell breaks loose. It's a really awesome book and a super easy read. So of course I recommend it psh'ya. Cover: 4.5/5 Couple: 4/5 Supporting Characters: 4/5 Plot: 5/5 The Kiss Off Playlist I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift Should've Said No by Taylor Swift Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne Since You've Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette Cheated On Me by Gavin DeGraw

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I couldn't put it down! I liked Poppy straight away, since the very first page, it was absolutely hilarious being in her head, I couldn't stop laughing out loud and thinking of how much I was dreading the fact that it was going to end and I was going to be wanting for more and more...I liked many things of this book, I liked the story, it gave us an inside of a world that is absolutely foreign to most of us, becoming a celebrity and having every single moment of your daily life on print, the misu I couldn't put it down! I liked Poppy straight away, since the very first page, it was absolutely hilarious being in her head, I couldn't stop laughing out loud and thinking of how much I was dreading the fact that it was going to end and I was going to be wanting for more and more...I liked many things of this book, I liked the story, it gave us an inside of a world that is absolutely foreign to most of us, becoming a celebrity and having every single moment of your daily life on print, the misunderstandings and the consequences of them. I also Liked the characters, I liked her family, the author portraits a very common family, 3 children and a dog, the situations were so very realistic...anyway, her friends gave some brilliant moments to the story as well; and then Ty, sweet Ty, I could easily see through him and find him likeable, the one tiny thing I didn't get much was that he was 18 years old but he was so very responsible and thoughtful and well, living on tour as if he was a 25 year old guy....that'd be the only thing that didn't seem to make much sense to me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I have to thank the author for allowing me to read the EARC. I am a huge fan of novels with rock stars. This one was different in an entirely amazing way. Poppy yes that is her name is your average teenager but when her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts dating her friend Poppy decides to take revenge by writing and singing a song about it. "The Song" is called the kiss off. It turns out that she becomes an overnight you tube sensation and this local band asks to make her song their one. Bonu I have to thank the author for allowing me to read the EARC. I am a huge fan of novels with rock stars. This one was different in an entirely amazing way. Poppy yes that is her name is your average teenager but when her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts dating her friend Poppy decides to take revenge by writing and singing a song about it. "The Song" is called the kiss off. It turns out that she becomes an overnight you tube sensation and this local band asks to make her song their one. Bonus points that the lead singer is a hot guy that Poppy met by accident while going home from school. After the song goes viral and she catapults the local band to stardom everything starts to become overwhelming. Will she give this guy a chance or will she return to her boyfriend when she finds out he still has feelings for her .... Full review coming soon http://loveyabooksforever.blogspot.com/

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A very good rendition of teenage angst that may not fit everyone, but still had me laughing and at other times worrying about my daughter in the future. Poppy had a unique way of getting her anger across and in a very public way that eventually leads her to Ty...Ty who comes across sweet even as his life spirals into fame and all that comes with it. With a lot of confusion on Poppy's part (and she just 16 so things will continue to fluctuate and evolve as she gets older) she finds herself caught A very good rendition of teenage angst that may not fit everyone, but still had me laughing and at other times worrying about my daughter in the future. Poppy had a unique way of getting her anger across and in a very public way that eventually leads her to Ty...Ty who comes across sweet even as his life spirals into fame and all that comes with it. With a lot of confusion on Poppy's part (and she just 16 so things will continue to fluctuate and evolve as she gets older) she finds herself caught between two boys and it takes until the end of this first book for you to learn who she chooses. It was a fun read and a bit nostalgic to go back to those years remembering all those trials as a teenager....makes me glad I am passed THAT!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ree

    4 AMAZING STARS! The Kiss Off is your typical contemporary, YA book that would make you fall in love, squeal, mad and laugh at the same time. I am a sucker for typical love stories rather than those that have a very complicated plot in which i would need to re-read all over again just to be able to understand. The Kiss Off is very fun to read. Typical high school drama with the typical bitch at the side. Though I think Poppy and Ty's development was clearly not focused in the story, how they star 4 AMAZING STARS! The Kiss Off is your typical contemporary, YA book that would make you fall in love, squeal, mad and laugh at the same time. I am a sucker for typical love stories rather than those that have a very complicated plot in which i would need to re-read all over again just to be able to understand. The Kiss Off is very fun to read. Typical high school drama with the typical bitch at the side. Though I think Poppy and Ty's development was clearly not focused in the story, how they started to fall in love. It was vague and it was kinda disappointing. It revolved mostly with Cam's behavior, Poppy's thoughts and not much of Ty. I loved Poo Bum though. ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cinthia

    The Kiss Off is about a girl named Poppy who in a moment of heartbreak (and while a little drunk) writes an angry song about her ex cheating on her. The song goes viral, a local band picks it up, and it makes them famous nationwide. Poppy has to deal with the fact that her new boyfriend Ty (lead singer of the band) is suddenly famous and has lots of women throwing themselves at him (and having paparazzi there to capture everything).On top of that, her ex Cam might not be the bad guy she thought The Kiss Off is about a girl named Poppy who in a moment of heartbreak (and while a little drunk) writes an angry song about her ex cheating on her. The song goes viral, a local band picks it up, and it makes them famous nationwide. Poppy has to deal with the fact that her new boyfriend Ty (lead singer of the band) is suddenly famous and has lots of women throwing themselves at him (and having paparazzi there to capture everything).On top of that, her ex Cam might not be the bad guy she thought he was... I was very excited when I received the book through Goodreads First Reads, and it was a fun and quick read. I can't wait for the sequel to come out.

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