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 loved its whole plot and concept of the story- and the how unpredictable it was! The sort-of love triangle kept me guessing till the last freakin' page and the musical-teen-angst angle was refreshing and a lot of fun. Throw in all the lol bits, and I was sold.
Poppy Douglas, our protagonist for the day was a very relatable teenage girl who made mistakes like all teenagers do, and was a solid, believable character. I also really liked Poppy's relationship with her best friends. They were there for her when they could be and Mads, specially, was so much fun! I loved her quirky outfits and just her general personality. Ty was super duper adorable and so hot. Sigh.
The Kiss Off wasn't very fast paced because it was so detailed, all of Poppy's thoughts and actions explained, but the writing was clear and straightforward, which made The Kiss Off an easy read. I loved the whole music scene, a look into the modern crazy celeb world and personally, Academy of Lies is such a cool name for a band. Official yet not official- (...if you know what I mean.) There were so many creative funny bits and awkward teenager moments, and those were what really made The Kiss Off pop and pack a more fun punch. The language wasn't very clean, but I liked that, since it made the whole thing more authentic and teenage-y because really, we all use bad words at one point or another in our vocabulary. It also showed Poppy making some mistakes which probably all teenagers could learn from although- seriously, WHEN is sexting EVER a good idea?
The ending though I think, could have been done better, and I don't want to spoil it, it WAS a good ending but it felt a bit unfulfilling somehow. It had potential to be better. And dude, the story started with Poppy's songs, and her songs were a big part of the book- so Ms Sarah Billington I WANTED TO READ THE LYRICS TO THEM! I mean you go on and on about the song but we only get snippets of the lyrics. I really wanted to know what everyone loved so much and you left it out. Just like that. And that sucked. The cover also left me unimpressed. I mean, yeah okay, its related to the book, and it is a bit cute, but it could have been better. The freakin' FONT could have been way better! It doesn't look very professional and in my opinion screams self published- and a lot of people are wary about sp books not being very good.
BUT aside from all that I really liked The Kiss Off. I love books that can make me laugh and smile and feel for the protag. Books with protags who don't have dysfunctional families, have good bffs, and books with proper heroines who write kick ass songs and then get famous for them rock. And I specially love books with sweet romances. So yes, The Kiss Off was a pretty good book, well worth the time and you should def give it a go.
Okay. This book was hilarious. And it showed the upper crust of the Pakistani, Karachite society quite perfectly. I picked my copy at the Lahore Liter...moreOkay. This book was hilarious. And it showed the upper crust of the Pakistani, Karachite society quite perfectly. I picked my copy at the Lahore Literary Festival, and was fortunate enough to actually attend a talk by the author AND get my book signed. Most chick lit books I've tried to read about Karachi, or Pakistan really, have come off as either too dry, or way too over the top. This book was fortunately neither. Karachi, You're Killing Me's protag, Ayesha was just the right amount of sarcastic/witty/cynical to be funny. I suppose my favourite thing about this book was the heavy sprinkling of references that only Karachites, or Pakistani's would get. They were parallel to the western pop culture references, only they were- Paki pop culture. For example, Ayesha talks about the 'Mehndi girl' at Paki weddings, the prettiest girl on the dance floor with the best dance moves. The slightly exaggerated stuff about Pakistan's Fashion Week, the lawn sales- it was all so much fun to read about. A few things did bother me though. First of all, the romance was slightly under developed. Secondly, although Ayesha was funny, at times she seemed a bit too cynical and hardened to all the tragedies happening around her. (But maybe that does happen to Karachi reporters?)
Over all though, Karachi, You're Killing Me was a refreshing, and very enjoyable read.(less)
I really, really want to give this book a 5 star rating. But that's just reserved for something Harry Potter esq, and while it was good, it wasn't THA...moreI really, really want to give this book a 5 star rating. But that's just reserved for something Harry Potter esq, and while it was good, it wasn't THAT good. Nothing is that good. Anywayyyy. So this book gets a 4.5 star rating. It was beautiful you guys. Absolutely beautiful. And it made me cry. And ugh. I loved it.(less)