REVIEW: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

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.

Title: The Kiss Off
Author: Sarah Billington
Published: June 2012 by Billington Media
Links: Goodreads
Received: Received by Author for honest review
Rating: 4 of 5

My thoughts: The writing is atrocious! How am I supposed to get through a book with so many spelling and grammar errors? I can put up with all the slang, but this book definitely needed some editing, and it wasn’t there.

So why am I giving it four stars?

Because the story made up for it and for some strange reason I was addicted to it. I couldn’t stop reading no matter how many times the author mixed up there with their and so on. I forgave all the misgivings because the story itself was entertaining, fresh and original.

Poppy is a song writer whose song “The Kiss Off” becomes a youtube sensation. In one moment she’s catapulted from small time following on youtube to major success.

My biggest problem was how Poppy just handed the song off to a local band and stayed in the background. She didn’t seem to care how much credit the band gave her for becoming famous off her song. Sure, she ended up dating the lead singer of said band, but still, that bothered me a lot.

Otherwise, this book will have you cheering for Poppy, hating the band and the fame game, and ultimately loving how well played this media circus was.

Go get a copy and if the author is listening, edit your book hun!

Cheers,
Rhi