Warning: Sexual References, occasional course language.
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.
Poppy, which is an awesome name by the way, seems like a typical teenage girl. And like most teenagers, Poppy has a tendency to act first, ask questions later. She was a little rash, and it wasn’t a trait that she grew out of by the end of the book either. But still, there is just something about her! I loved her. She is quirky and infectious and she just made me smile. I loved that she did YouTube videos.
The guys were harder for me because I liked both of them. I think I liked Ty more but that was only because I feel like we got to know him better than Cam. At least, I felt like there was more Ty interaction in the story. But they are both good guys. It was really refreshing to not see good guy pitted against a bad boy. But having two good guys makes it harder. I don’t want to give the impression that this book is a big love triangle. It really isn’t. There isn’t much of a triangle at all for almost all of the book.
The Kiss Off is a great book because it serves two purposes- it’s an awesome story and read, and also a kind of social commentary on the media age and what the internet and celebrity status can affect people. I loved that about the book. I could see so many parallels in our society. I also think that this might be a stand alone book, which is really nice! The story felt complete on it’s own and it was great.
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This has been on my TBR list since for EVER! I love contemporaries about music and such. Ever since I read Audrey, Wait! I’ve been searching for books like these. Poppy’s characters sounds like so much fun! Glad to know this book really isn’t much of a love triangle. Great review on this and thanks for the chance to win this book! 😀
Fara @ Tumbling In Books
Amanda @ Letters Inside Out
I am so intrigued! Everything about the review and synopsis screams that I’ll enjoy this book.
Thanks for the chance to win!
amanda (at) lettersinsideout.net
Letters Inside Out
This looks really good! I wonder what occurred for her to think of the plot for this?
This book is so interesting! It has elements I love, music being one of them! 🙂
Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings
Isn’t amazing how much social media has changed the world. Just five years ago most people hadn’t heard of FB or Twitter, I think this would be a great read. I would love to see how social media is incorporated into the story.
I usually like the books that you guy’s review and like and your review makes the book sound really interesting so i can’t wait to read it. I have my fingers crossed.
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I had actually never heard of this book before reading this review, but now I really want to read it!
I LOVE the name Poppy! 🙂 :)) and the flower poppies:) The Kiss Off sounds sooo awesome:) I also love love love commentary novels:))
Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
Thanks so much for a book about those “awkward” moments (I had a habit, and still do, of walking into walls whenever I tried to turn a corner.) we all have when we’re growing. In my case, they’ve lasted and I still embarass my children by dropping food on my shirt at meals, especially at restaurants, accidentally sticking the straw from my drink up my nose, dropping the fish from my plate into my purse. You know, minor things like that! I love to hear that I’m not the only one afflicted with disorders like that!
Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the great giveaway!!
I really hope i win, cause this sounds great! I have read a book where they used a slang term i haven’t heard of and every time i would read it i had to stop and be like “Thats not what people say…” lol
Glad to hear this one has real slang and in a good moderation =D
Thanks for the review and giveaway!!
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Great review!! Would love to read this book!
Thx 4 the chance!!
ctymice at gmail dot com
This book sounds really good! I’ll probably add it to my mile long wishlist *Looks down in shame* haha
Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for having me! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. “The social media book of 2012.” 😀 Gotta tell ya – I don’t hate it. 😀
Good luck everyone!
Thank you for the review. This book has been added to my TBR list.
Technology is a fantastic tool but it can hurt you too. I warn friends and family to watch out what they post on the WWW because there is no such thing as delete.
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Heather@The Flyleaf Review
This is the first time I have heard of this book, and I am so glad I came across it! Love the review, I think books that speak to us about the digital age and social media outlets are so cool. I love reading the author’s particular take on those subjects. And it’s got music themes as well. That’s a win win combo:)
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Great post! Your book sounds so good! Im intrigued by your characters and i cant resist a rock band book! Im putting my money that Poppy will stay with the leader-singer. 😀 But who knows! Cant wait to read more! Congrats!!
This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for being part of the tour 🙂
This sounds like a really great book. I like the current social media & music themes in this one. It’s definately different than most of the books thzt I’ve read lately so I’m definately going to be reading it soon. Good luck but I don’t think that you’re going to need it, it’s going to be a hit on it’s own.
Now this one sounds like a really great read and I have to put this on my to read list 🙂