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"A fun, fabulous and swoon-worthy novel that is as perfect as a three-minute pop song. It has an absolutely killer hook that I wish I'd thought of!" - Shirley Marr, author of Fury and Preloved

"There is just something about [Poppy]! I loved her. She is quirky and infectious and she just made me smile." - Book Briefs

"I absolutely adore this book" - The Life of Fiction

Fresh and fun and extremely upbeat." - I Love YA Fiction

"If you like fun YA chick lit, this IS your book!" - Dead Trees and Silver Screens

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469998556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469998558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,768,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 doggies (hers as well as yours), Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and she is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.

She also runs an editing and cover design business, Billington Media.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Misa Gracen on May 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Kiss Off kind of reminds me of Taylor Swift. Not necessarily the whole plot, but just in the sense that Poppy writes songs about her love life - namely the bad things about her love life - and she's very, very open about it. Or, at least, in her songs, she is.

Poppy's crazy, wild, fun, but she also falls for guys a little too quickly, and bruises a little to hard. Her way of dealing with things is via songs. She writes songs about her heartbreak, and posts them on YouTube. Her latest song, The Kiss Of, is a huge hit, scoring thousands of views and fans and admirers, and seemingly overnight Poppy becomes a YouTube sensation. And the attention of the Academy of Lies, a band group. Soon, she's writing more lyrics, recognized and called out on the street, and dating Ty, a member of the Academy of Lies.

The Kiss Off is a very fast-paced, quirky story. The author quite accurately portrays teenagers, and Poppy's narrative was hilarious and fun to read. It also really shows how big of an impact social media and the internet can have on us now, and has that whole `moral of the story' thing going on not necessarily forbidding one against things like sexting and social media, but more like it's warning them about the after-effects. Poppy's tale seems almost cautionary and the story to teach-ish at times, though, which I feel really breaks up the whole fun and quirky atmosphere.

I would've liked to see more of Poppy and her friends just doing the regular things - gossiping, hanging out, at school, etc - instead of reading about Poppy obsessing over her crush(es), which was what was going on in the book the majority of the time. I kind of liked Mads's character - equally quirky, outgoing, and fun, but she didn't get as much page time as I had hoped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akansha Kalra on December 28, 2012
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You didn't say why,
but I am not gonna cry
Cos baby this is your Kiss Off.
You cheated on me,
But I'll get even you see,
I am telling you to just Kiss Off "

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-Kiss off.It turns out that she becomes an overnight YouTube sensation and this local band asks to make her song their one.

Bonus points --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 ....??

PS : 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 !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chrystal Peek on January 27, 2013
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This is the first time I have heard of this author, I was really impressed. I can't wait to see what else happens to these characters. I especially want to see more of Mads and Van. Would love to have the complete song lyrics so I can sing the complete song in my head. I got this book free on Amazon, will gladly pay for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.J. on November 10, 2012
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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 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 pop up?
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