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The Kiss Off (The Kiss Off #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  988 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 260 pages
Published June 2012 by Billington Media (first published March 1st 2012)
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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
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
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
Jun 23, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: tweens, teens
Recommended to Tara by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
Jun 17, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, ya-romance
Yeah, I write poems about my exes. I wish I could get famous for that.
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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
Mar 29, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
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
Sep 16, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
Literary  Chanteuse
Feb 03, 2012 Literary Chanteuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-romance
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. ...more
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 ...more
L.j. Duett
Nov 02, 2012 L.j. Duett rated it really liked it

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
YA Reads Book Reviews
Originally posted on, 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
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 ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Lissette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2012 Gabriella rated it really liked it
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
Hot Stuff Book Reviews

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
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
Mar 12, 2012 carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Nov 07, 2012 Sammee (I Want to Read That) rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review-read
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
Jan 31, 2013 Kayleigh rated it it was amazing
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 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
Oct 17, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
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.

Jan 10, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Ree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 07, 2012 Cinthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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 ...more
Eva LeNoir
Jan 16, 2013 Eva LeNoir rated it really liked it
I wasn't paying attention when I bought this book and didn't see that it was YA. Although I am not a always eager to buy this genre, I must say that the story was great. The characters were lovely, well written and funny. The inner dialogue was so true to life, it could only be written by a mother of a teenage girl (or a teen herself). I had a hard time putting it down because I really wanted to know how it was going to play out. Ms. Billington did a great job of keeping that mystery going. I de ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha! I laughed my head off for the entire first half of this book. I could not wipe the smile off my face. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book this much. That said, the second half was a little less satisfying in that I really wanted to see Poppy learn a little more from her mistakes. It seemed that things worked out, but not really because of anything Poppy learned or did. At the end you still have no idea why Ty is a better choice for her than Cam. I'm looking forward to seeing if th ...more
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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.

She writes predominantly light Young Adult fiction under her name, Sarah Billington, but if you're interested in something a bit darker and scarier she's got some of that for you too.

Sarah loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Danci
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