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Split by a Kiss

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  53 reviews
"A cute, sweet and funny read..." - Meg Cabot, author

Jo has just moved to America with her mum. On her first day in her new school, she seems to be adopted by the It girls, and is invited to one of their parties. There, she meets Jake Matthews, officially the hottest boy in school, and when Jake wants to kiss her, she can't believe her luck. But the reality of being kissed
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Published March 6th 2008 by Random House Children's Books
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Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a teen book written by the girl I used to sit next to in Latin!!! Discovered totally by chance when I found her on Facebook the other day. She's sending a signed copy for Elisheva but I'm going to read it too!

It arrived yesterday and I read it yesterday!!! It was fantastic. Chick-lit for teens. What a concept! It's cleverly written, witty, and totally absorbing. I am in awe of Luisa for writing such a great book, and for so getting inside the lives and minds of teenagers. And to think th
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Split by a Kiss is wonderful. It's the story of Jo who moves to America with her mum and soon finds herself kissing the school hunk during a session of Seven Minutes in Heaven. When Jo has mixed feelings about Jake's attentions - on the one hand he's hot and he seems to like her, on the other he's groping her and he barely knows her - she splits into two: Josie the Cool and Jo the Nerd.

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Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2010
Jo Reilly has never really been a popular kid. In fact, it seems Jo errs on the side of nerdy and it's only when she moves to the USA that her popularity seems to sky-rocket. Everyone at her new school, The Mill, love her British accent and all of the cool kids want her in their gang. Better yet, the hottest guy at The Mill, Jake Matthews, picks Jo as his seven-minutes-in-heaven partner. However the kiss doesn't go exactly as Jo hoped it would and she faces a decision: tell Jake where to go and ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
OK, I don't normally talk about covers in my reviews, because I don't think covers are a books most important quality. You know the old saying - don't judge a book by it's cover! But is this one of the awesomest covers I have ever seen! Isn't it? The cover is actually what made me want to read the book in the first place! I was looking at some blogs and I saw it and I said to myself 'Wow. I want to read that.' And I did, and now I'm happy! Very happy, actually!

Jo is the main character in the boo
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
When her mother gets a job in the USA, Jo goes with her. It’s America, of course she’s going! But what she doesn’t expect is to become two different people. During a game of seven minutes in heaven, Jo is picked by the hottest guy in school, and something weird happens while they’re in the closet; Jo is at a fork in the road and can take two paths – so she splits, and takes both. Josie the Cool, friends with the it girls and girlfriend of Jake Matthews, and Jo the Nerd, social outcast and friend ...more
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Though it’s a bit lighter in tone than books I usually read, I really enjoyed Split by a Kiss – I loved the whole concept of a person splitting in two, though what really happened was two different realities were created. In one, Jo slaps Jake in the face and tells him to be more respectful. Had I been at the party, I’d’ve given Jo a high-five (Jake is really, truly awful) but Jo’s actions aren’t taken well by the other partygoers. It’s revealed the boyfriend Jo accidentally made-up isn’t real, ...more
Mar 22, 2010 added it
Shelves: uk-ya
Split by a Kiss, is the story of Josephine Reilly, who has to move to Boston, USA, with her mum, who receives a better offer for a job there. It’s complicated, you know, leaving her best friend, her dad, Lauren ‘Lolly’, the daughter of her stepmother, especially moving to America from Boringtown, England! How diverse can the two countries be?!!

But soon, Jo finds herself in a ‘closet’ playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with Jake Mathews. THE coolest boy in her. New. American. High school. Yes. And H
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I always said to my parents that when I turned 18 years old I would move to the USA. I don’t know what I would do there, but to go to another country and just live there was always my biggest dream. I turned 18 and guess what, I stayed in the little cold country where I am still living today. But what if I made the decision to pack my belongings and go.

When Jo has to make a decision she splits in two persons. I thought that this would get confusing, but each chapter has a different letter type a
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
The book was that good, I didn't put it down, I spend near enough the whole of my day laying in bed reading this book. It was very different to other books that I have read in the past, but different is always good. I love the way it ended, and for once I thought about what was going to happen at the end.. and I got it right, yayyy! But yeah, it's a really good book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a girlyish love book, and is a teenager. But saying that anyone could read it and like it ...more
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is really really good its about this english girl who moves to america. She gets the most popular guy in the school while playing a game of 7 seconds in heaven she gets kissed by him and thats when she gets split into two people. Awesome Book !!!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
So I picked this up at a library sale & figured I'd read it as part of my goal of reading more recent children's/YAL works. I expected to not really like it - the whole girly-join in with the popular kids-worry about fashion-kissing game thing not sounding too interesting. But in the end I did actually enjoy the read. Firstly the way it is written (two mutually exclusive storylines following the 'split' in the main character) made me curious how certain events would be experienced by the 'other ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
One very last book to round up 2018! Again, an old book I found while organising our library shelves after moving houses. This was one of my favourite books in middle school, and it was very enjoyable to read it again! I didn't quite realise back then how absurd and boy-crazy it is, but it's very funny and it has a wonderful message! ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not all YA books work for grown ups. I will return this to a LFL and hope it finds its way to its intended teen audience.
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
From the Moment Jo kisses Jake Matthew everything changes, she splits into two, the Nerd and the cool girl with the popular friends. What I was most curious about as I'm sure a lot of you were is.. which part of her will she pick and will the real Jo finally come together? I'll leave it down to you to decide. Jo at the beginning is just your average but very genuine teen, she's on the shy side especially when it comes to boys and doesn't surround herself with to many friends except from her best ...more
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I have to admit that I was at first not very convinced by the cover which looked waaay too girly for comfort. And I thought - silly me - that it would be a book about high school relationships and cheerleaders being mean and jocks being jocks and all that. But this book is so much more than that. The plot contains the very essence of what goes down in schools such as the importance of peer pressure, and issues of rape or homosexuality etc.

I really enjoyed the characters and how they are describ
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve read over and over again that Split by a Kiss is Sliding Doors meets Mean Girls and I couldn’t put it better myself. When Jo splits into Josie and Cool and Jo the Nerd she experiences life on opposite ends of the social spectrum and finds out why being Little Miss Popular might not be quite as exciting as she first thought.

Are there any teenagers in the UK that didn’t dream of going to high school in America? No, I don’t think so. I know I did. I was so sure that if I could just attend high
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stars

I really, really loved this! I didn’t want to put it down – I loved the story and the characters were brilliant, especially our main character Jo/Josie. I found her funny and sweet and really enjoyed spending time with her. The other characters were great too. I really loved Tori and her brother Albie, as well as David and Rachel.

The premise was excellent. I was a bit nervous about how it would work and whether it would be confusing but it wasn’t at all. I instantly knew if it was Josie
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Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty much everything you'd expect it to be-- a funny, engagingly witty read about a girl who is warped into some sort of Freaky Friday situation. I liked the format of the book- the two narratives "Josie the Cool" and "Jo the Nerd"- was original, and I really enjoyed that. Plaja switched back and forth between both voices/stories smoothly, and I was waiting for a moment where something wouldn't quite fit, but- alack, I could find none. While the magical concept of splitting into t ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to start this review by talking about how much this book surprised me. Not so much the plot (like in Kiss Date Love Hate, there's a simple storyline set up with little fuss and no wasted time before more important things - such as playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the hottest boy in school - take over) but by how invested I became with Josephine as a character.

I was expecting a light-hearted, easy read and that's exactly what I got. There was no extraneous explanation or needless ramb
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Plaja, Luisa. 2008. Split by A Kiss.

I am in a cupboard, and I'm snogging the coolest and most gorgeous boy in the whole school. And it's a big school. And really, we're kissing, not snogging. In a closet, not a cupboard. They don't really have snogging or cupboards here--they would laugh and tell me those are dodgy British phases. Except they wouldn't say 'dodgy'. That's just as dodgily British.

Split By A Kiss is both uniquely original and stereotypically typical. I'll probably spend the rest of
Steph Su
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
SPLIT BY A KISS means to be a fun, escapist sort of read, and it never tries to be more than that. Which is good, because it IS incredible fun. The two sides of Jo have believable and enjoyable storylines, and it’s always great when conversations or events from Jo’s two different “lives” parallel one another, when she has similar conversations at the same time with the same people in both of her lives. Jo is likable as either a cool girl or a nerd: she has a down-to-earth personality that shines ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was seriously funny. I don't often laugh out loud even when reading humorous books, but this one had me going from page one.

The premise of the book - that the main character's life goes down two different paths depending on how she reacts to a kiss with the hottest boy in school - is fresh and unique. The main character, Jo, is highly likable, and the relationships she develops seem very real.

While the story is meant for British teens, I found that as an American, I learned a lot abou
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a quick fun read that I really enjoyed. Luisa Plaja's writing has an ease and a flow about it that carries you through the story effortlessly.

The reference to Tanya Lee Stone's book A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl made me giggle because I love seeing references that I actually get and can say "I've read that!" to. I really didn't expect Jo the Nerd and Josie the Cool to have their own chapters and their stories to run parallel to each other so that was a surprise. I thought that it was
Olivia Houston
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I decide to read this book because i saw it at the libaray and it looked good. The category this book fills on the bingo board is "A book with themes related to those we've studied in class in term two" because it relates to the theme identity. My favourite quote from this book is “If I was in a cartoon right now, the caption would read: "Gulp!” Something new I learnt from this book is every action has a reaction. A character that interests me is the main character because she basically lives tw ...more
Kate Pinn
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It's not often I write about the format of the book. But I shall this time. The book is split in to two paths. This is the part where one girl splits, she either takes the nerd way out or she takes the cool route. But which path will bring her happiness? I loved the premise of this book and the writing was superb. Here are all of my thoughts:
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, teen
Read this as daughter said it was good and it must have been because she read it in a day!! Took me slightly longer as I had other books to finish and I finished it this evening whilst waiting in the cinema queue!!!!
I liked the way the book was split because nice nerdy girl and popular with crowd girl. You find characters like all these at most schools. I can see why it would appeal to teens.

Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
When English girl, Jo, moves to the USA she realizes she has a choice, be herself or be cool even if that means she has to take on a new personality. Plaja shows us the two options by writing both sides of the story. The idea was great, you always wonder how one decision could completely change your life. With Jo you see how true that really is. In the end I preferred Plaja's other book, Diary of a Mall Girl over this. ...more
Apr 19, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: no one.
Absolutely terrible. The minutes of my life that I will never get back as a result of this book are both too many and too precious. This book was like Mean Girls for Morons. Usually books are better at creating imagery (in my opinion) than anything the movies can ever come up with - but not this one. If you don't mind losing a few thousand brain cells - pick it up and give it a read. ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Josphine and her mum moves house and Josphine become friends with a cool group of girls. The were really popular so Josphine became popular too. The most popular boy in the school Jake Matthews started to get attracted to Josphine. Josphine had a good friend Tori and she has a older brother Aldie. At the end Josphine and Aldie has fallen for each other.
Rachel S
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It shared the thoughts and feeling of teenagers. I liked how it was sectioned into parts and not chapters. Luisa Plaja has managed to capture young teen dilemas and put them down on paper which I admire.
Another quality that I love about this book is the cover. I love it! The cover design is just lovely. Nice, bright, eye catching and different.
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Author of teen comedy romance novels including Split by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing, Swapped by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate, published by Random House. Latest novel is Diary of a Mall Girl, published by Curious Fox.

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