Series: The Kiss Off #1
on April 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
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.
About Sarah Billington..
Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies.Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment.
She loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Fly ball and she is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.
Sarah Billington has experience in both editorial and writing, having been on editorial committees and section managed for Cursive Scripts literary journal, Darebin City Council’s INSCRIBE Literary Newspaper and The Box Magazine.
She holds a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) and Bachelor of Writing & Publishing, so she is chock-full of writing and editing goodness. She has completed editorial for companies such as Open Humanities Press and Fast Profits as well as query letter and manuscript appraisals for authors, mostly of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction.
Currently she works as a Digital Editor at Lonely Planet and as a freelance editor for Month9Books.
But wait, there’s more! She has written and had published fiction, feature articles, reviews and interviews, and had her international adventures documented in a local newspaper. Currently, she writes movie reviews for Blockbuster Magazine and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
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The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington is such a fun and eye catching read. It was a nice change of pace for me, especially after reading a much heavier book before this one. I enjoyed the writing and the pace of the story. Poppy is a teenager whose emotions are heightened whenever something “huge” happens in her life and turns to writing songs and posting them on her YouTube channel as a way of dealing.
Her story really starts when she retaliates towards an ex-boyfriend she believes cheated on her. After that…let’s just say one of the songs she writes makes it BIG and also introduces her to leading front man, Ty, who can only be described (by Poppy) as a nerdy rockstar.
I love the average teenager story who gets her 15 minutes of fame, but meets a little bit of scandal along the way. While things like this may not happen in every day life or only to those who has extremely lucky, it’s fun to read about and put yourself in the characters shoes for the time being. Besides, who wouldn’t want to date a hot front man of a popular band?
The Kiss Off is a fun and upbeat read and only the beginning of Poppy’s story. I personally can’t wait to dive into the second book in the series, Over It, and continue to follow the lives of Poppy and Ty.
4 out of 5 stars.