Tour Review: The Kiss Off

Posted May 14th, 2012 by in *Review / 5 comments

Title: The Kiss Off
Author: Sarah Billington
Publisher: Billington Media
Publication Date: May 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: None

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

What girl doesn’t want to date a rock star! I mean come on it must be on every girl’s list of guys to date, most of us can’t resist that image. Although normally rockers come with a bad boy image Ty is a bit different, a gentleman rocker. Ty is more than that though since he was just a normal person with a little small town band before going to full out rocker. The song that made him what a rockstar actually belongs to a girl he meet by chance in his neighborhood, Poppy. Poppy is a little younger than Ty but she has passion in all of her YouTube songs and she stands out. Her lyrics are what makes a band gain a recording contract.

Of course the song that makes them popular is a song Poppy recorded about her ex cheating on her, haven’t we all been there or had these worries before. She is going through a lot of drama and doesn’t even really mean to start dating Ty so easily and quickly after her breakup with the cheating boyfriend, Cam. Ty is a pretty good guy although we don’t get to see much of him before he leaves to go out on tour…and he runs into all of the problems that being a celebrity holds. Poppy gets to see all of the covers of the magazines and wonder each time what her boyfriend is really up to while he tours the world with a number one single, a song she originally wrote!

What I really loved about this book was the fact that while there is a lot of drama going on it all felt to fit the story. Poppy is a teenager who sometimes has rash decisions and tends to act with her emotions first and rethink it later. I remember being a teenager and having much stronger emotional responsed than I do now. I connected with Poppy for her emotional ups and downs and the fact that she really didn’t know what to do about the guys in her life. Her ex Cam is still a good guy and well you get to see their situation which is touching, however as they say in Sweet Home Alabama, “you can’t ride two horses with one ass sugarbean”. I think Poppy has to figure out who she wants to be with and it is difficult to move forward from an exboyfriend when you feel like there is some feelings still there. This is something I also went through as a teenager and it isn’t easy to be growing up, have too many emotions, be picking the right guy for you, all while keeping up with the rest of life. I just loved that this storyline was so believable to me as well as so real for me personally.

Overall, I had a great understanding of Poppy and yes this book has teenage drama but I felt it worked because of my personal connection to this particular drama. I also did like the secondary characters and the fact that Poppy’s parents were actually present and not letting her get away with everything. No one is perfect and there are certainly struggles and tears to get what you want in life is a great moto for this book. The only downside would have to be the fact that I felt I didn’t get to see Poppy and Ty together enough to totally buy into their romance. Ty was touring for a good chunk of the book so it was a little hard to see how they had a strong bond. Other than that I really did like the cast of supporting characters and I have to give this book 4 hearts for being a great read with minor flaws.

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5 Responses to “Tour Review: The Kiss Off”

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I actually have this book for a review, but I haven’t had to chance to read it yet.
    Sounds like you really enjoyed it, Alexa.
    It’s wonderful to hear that the parents play a big role in their daughter’s life! It’s something rare, in my opinion.
    Thanks for sharing your review, Alexa 🙂
    I hope you’re feeling a little better now after everything.

  2. candace

    I don’t think I heard of this one before now. I think it sounds great though! Especially if you liked it that much, I will definitely have to read it sometime now!

  3. Bianca

    I have this on my tbr list. It sounds good. Glad to see you liked it. Great review 😀

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