Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington (The Kiss Off #1)

Hello gorgeous people!  Welcome to Reading with ABC's stop of The Kiss Off / Over It Blog Tour hosted by YA Reads Blog Tours, you can find the rest of the tour here.

Title: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington
Published: April 12th, 2013 by Billington Media
Source: Provided for the tour
Format: eBook
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age group: Young adult
Grade rate: B

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.

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My Review

The Kiss Off turned out to be a great story and a fast read for me.  I was hooked after the first few chapters :)

The Kiss Off is the title of the song that Poppy writes because she was angry after seeing Cam, her ex, and his new girlfriend together at a party.  Poppy has a YouTube channel in which she sings the songs she writes; this is a way for her to vent and share things that happen in her life.  Ty’s band, The Academy Lies, picks up the song and makes it a hit.  Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Poppy is a music oriented 16-year-old that has a pretty normal life, until The Kiss Off.  She is a good friend, has a healthy social life, and is not too crazy about school.  She is also really funny and straightforward (maybe too much!) and doesn’t always things before she acts.  I love being in her head though. 

At the beginning Poppy sees Ty as a “rebound” guy, but he turns out to be adorable.  The couple meets after one big embarrassing moment (Poppy seem to be good with those), and become fast friends and even a little bit more.  I really like Ty because even though he became famous rather fast, he was true to himself, down-to-earth and he genuinely cared for Poppy. I think that they made a sweet couple.

I’m quite happy to see a protective, supportive family!  In a lot of YA books parents are negligent or non-existent, but Poppy has a closely knit family that not only show interest in her life, but that are protective of her (and with good reason!).  I love them all, even Rory, The Pest, Bex and Poo.   I’m also glad that both Poppy and Ty had a close group of friends that were not, how to put this? crazy.  You know what I mean, right?  Often times the teens are into drinking, drugs, and irresponsible sex and so on and so forth.  This group was tamer, and to me more real, because of it. 

The Kiss Off is about growing up and the pains that go with it.  It’s about heartbreak, first love, making bad choices, being angry and making peace, about attaining fame and all what goes along with that.  The story is simple, but not boring.  The writing is very down to earth and funny.  The pace was a bit slow at the beginning, but I found myself interested in the story regardless.  I appreciate that Billington tackled serious issues, such as drinking, sexting, and sex (or the possibility of being responsible about it) in the book.

Overall, The Kiss Off is an entertaining and funny contemporary romance.  I will definitely read Over It, the next book in the series. 

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!.


1 winner of The Kiss Off & Over It paperbacks
1 winner of $10 itunes voucher
10 winners of signed postcard + magnet
10 winners of signed postcard


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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of YA Reads log Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by YA Reads Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Liza!!!


    1. You're welcome, and thank you for the opportunity to review The Kiss Off :)


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