Review: The Kiss Off – Sarah Billington
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 created in order to nurse a broken heart. Determined to not let things with Cameron get to her, she pretends that everything is fine and dandy. Unfortunately, Cameron and Nikki are hard to ignore. They seem to be anywhere and everywhere, further driving home the fact that they’re very much together.
When a simple dare lands her in a bit of hot water with a very hot boy, Poppy wonders what she’s gotten herself into. Yet she can’t deny that she’s very much attracted to Tyler. Poppy’s world soon takes a different turn when Tyler and his band decide to sing a ramped up version of her new song, The Kiss Off. She’s now thrust into the limelight and is unsure of what to do and where to go next.
Caught up in a whirlwind courtship with Tyler, Poppy does her best to adjust to the changes that are rapidly occurring, changes that continue throwing her for a loop. She finds herself floundering within a deep abyss as lies and deceit soon surface, clouding her judgment when it comes to everything surrounding Tyler. Yet she’s willing to give him the benefit of a doubt, even though her mind and her heart sometimes say otherwise.
I totally enjoyed this story. It was hard to put it down once I got started in reading it. There were several comedic spots that had me giggling a lot and made me look forward to what happened next. I did catch some minor editing issues, but it didn’t detract from getting into the book at all.
Sarah did a wonderful job in creating a make-believe ‘Hollywood’ world surrounding Poppy, Tyler, and their friends. It’s easy to envision the environment she created as well as taking into account that while this is just a story, this sort of thing happens often in the real world. I’m officially a fan of Sarah’s and look forward to reading more of her work soon. The Kiss Off is a definite must-read!
Release Date: May 15, 2012.
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.
About 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!.
Sarah Billington has experience in both editorial and writing, having been on editorial committees and section managed for Cursive Scripts literary journal, Darebin City Council’s INSCRIBE Literary Newspaper and The Box Magazine.
She holds a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing), has studied internationally at University of Leeds, England and is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Professional Writing & Editing part-time. She has completed editorial for companies such as Open Humanities Press and Fast Profits as well as query letter and manuscript appraisals for authors, mostly of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction.
She has been a Publishing intern with Black Dog Books and gained casual employment with them, in which she worked in marketing, sales and editorial – proof reading titles before publication and writing reports on the mountains of manuscripts she read from the slush pile. She interned in sales for another children’s publisher, Ford Street Books, gaining valuable experience in launching books.
She has written and had published fiction, feature articles, reviews and interviews, and had her international adventures documented in a local newspaper. Currently, she writes movie reviews for Blockbuster Magazine and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
She has been interviewed on several writing blogs and runs her own blog for writers, the Sarah Billington Blog.
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