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The Kiss Off

The Kiss Off

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by Sarah Billington

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Warning: Sexual References, occassional course language.


"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

"Comedy is hard to do, particularly in written form, and Sarah Billington


Warning: Sexual References, occassional course language.


"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

"Comedy is hard to do, particularly in written form, and Sarah Billington pulls it off
Young Adult cool points are awarded for including fully-developed adults, a stable family unit, and not relegating the best girl pals to background noise" - The Writer’s Republic

"It's a real novel, with real teenage characters who could actually be walking the streets of my town" – A Word’s Worth

"This is the best contemporary non fantasy YA book I have read all year. If you like fun YA chick lit, this IS your book!" – Dead Trees and Silver Screens

"I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book" – NicoleYALover

"Fresh and fun and extremely upbeat" – I Love YA Fiction

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

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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Sarah Billington
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Meet the Author

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, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.

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The Kiss Off 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Liza_Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
The Kiss Off turned out to be a great story and a fast read for me.  I was hooked after the first few chapters :) The Kiss Off is the title of the song that Poppy writes because she was angry after seeing Cam, her ex, and his new girlfriend together at a party.  Poppy has a YouTube channel in which she sings the songs she writes; this is a way for her to vent and share things that happen in her life.  Ty’s band, The Academy Lies, picks up the song and makes it a hit.  Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Poppy is a music oriented 16-year-old that has a pretty normal life, until The Kiss Off.  She is a good friend, has a healthy social life, and is not too crazy about school.  She is also really funny and straightforward (maybe too much!) and doesn’t always things before she acts.  I love being in her head though.  At the beginning Poppy sees Ty as a “rebound” guy, but he turns out to be adorable.  The couple meets after one big embarrassing moment (Poppy seem to be good with those), and become fast friends and even a little bit more.  I really like Ty because even though he became famous rather fast, he was true to himself, down-to-earth and he genuinely cared for Poppy. I think that they made a sweet couple. I’m quite happy to see a protective, supportive family!  In a lot of YA books parents are negligent or non-existent, but Poppy has a closely knit family that not only show interest in her life, but that are protective of her (and with good reason!).  I love them all, even Rory, The Pest, Bex and Poo.   I’m also glad that both Poppy and Ty had a close group of friends that were not, how to put this? crazy.  You know what I mean, right?  Often times the teens are into drinking, drugs, and irresponsible sex and so on and so forth.  This group was tamer, and to me more real, because of it.  The Kiss Off is about growing up and the pains that go with it.  It’s about heartbreak, first love, making bad choices, being angry and making peace, about attaining fame and all what goes along with that.  The story is simple, but not boring.  The writing is very down to earth and funny.  The pace was a bit slow at the beginning, but I found myself interested in the story regardless.  I appreciate that Billington tackled serious issues, such as drinking, sexting, and sex (or the possibility of being responsible about it) in the book. Overall, The Kiss Off is an entertaining and funny contemporary romance.  I will definitely read Over It, the next book in the series. 
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a nice story. There was a good concept of how misunderstandings can happen along with the media, and we see how those two things can really hurt a relationship.  Poppy seemed like a cool character that has a knack for writing songs. I was interested to read more about her obvious talent, like more of her singing along with her lyrics; that would have made me believe her being a song writer, than just talking about it. I think Ty was also a good character, and it seems obvious that they may end up together, but I think from being a young man high school to an instant music sensation around the nation, even around the world, just went too fast, and I did not really believe it. I think what was written really well, were the misunderstandings and the media conflicting a relationship.  So anyway, Ty's transition was just a bit too fast for me and it didn't grab me. I would have liked to read more scenes on just Poppy and Ty as a couple, before he and his band become very known, to grasp that they are a real couple. I do believe, all in all, that there was originality in this story, and that really made me read to the end. The concept of Poppy getting in trouble for sexting, and dealing with the pressure in having a romantic relationship with a now high profile relationship, was overall interesitng, and as said, grabbed my interest, to the end of the novel. I was a little confused about the location, but I believe it was in some suburb in America, but if there is another book written, I think I would deifnitely be interested in reading it. My Rating: 3.5/5I say Rated PG-!3 (Some Strong Language & Sexual References; 16+) 
KatelynTorrey More than 1 year ago
The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington was a fun book that could have 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) 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! Poppy 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 appreciated. I loved that she was close with her two best friends, Mads & Vanya. Their entire relationship seemed real and all three characters had separate, quirky personalities that jumped off the page! Poppy's dealing with 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 gets Poppy into a pickle…a really funny & hilarious pickle, but still a pickle. While Poppy and her friends seemed much like real teens and their relationship was really solid, I still had a hard time really relating with the main character. I loved all the crazy, wild, hilarious situations that Poppy found herself in, but I didn't 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'm 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, & 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 can't wait to see what kind of craziness ensues in the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. I loved the sample! Sooooo funny!!!! Must read!!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Trying to get over a cheating ex Poppy writes a song and puts it on YouTube. Soon after that she meets Ty and begins to date him to try and get over her ex Cam. Ty has a band and wants to use her song. After that his band takes off and he becomes a star. Poppy and Ty have to deal with  being apart, crazy fans and not having any privacy. When the stress becomes to much Poppy has to see which guy she wants the star or the ex. Poppy is a wonderful character. She doesn't want fame but loves to write songs. She makes several mistakes that you would think a teen would do. She isn't perfect, she is confused at times and doesn't know how to deal with some things. Ty I really liked even if I wasn't sure about his actions sometimes. He seemed to really care for Poppy. Cam I have to say I didn't care for. He was jealous when he had no right to be and always seem to be snooping around. I highly enjoyed this book and loved reading about all that Poppy goes through. She and her friends make a delightful cast of characters. You get to see there personalities and how they will take up for each other no matter what. This book keeps you intrigued as while you see many things coming before they happen you don't know what Poppy will do. It does have a few good lessons that lay underneath the story that is good for teens to hear. I am glad I have the next book to read as I am fascinated by these wonderful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who writes about a book 4 4 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so I went to buy The Kiss Off because of whatireadin a taste test and really liked it, butbwhen i went to buy it i wasn't allowed to read it until i lent it to someone. Which was ridculous.