The Kiss Off
by Sarah Billington
Series: Kiss Off #1
Publisher: Billington Media
Publication date: June 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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WARNING: Sexual references, occasional coarse 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.
The Kiss Off 2: Fame, Blame and Full of Shame by Sarah
CONTEXT: Poppy has finally
received her royalties for penning the hit song The Kiss Off, and she knows
exactly what she’s doing with it: Taking her best friends across the country,
unchaperoned, to summer music festival, Bay Fest, and having the best summer of
Poppy’s parents laughed at her
Footsteps stopped outside my door, and
there was a soft rap before my mom pushed it open.
I spun in my desk chair
to face her as she leaned against the door frame, watching me for a moment.
I paused my Itunes and
pulled an earbud from my ear.
I shrugged. With a heavy
sigh, she crossed the room, stepping carefully over a pair of jeans I'd stepped
out of, an ugg boot that had been lying in the middle of the carpet since
winter and a pile of Rolling Stone and OK! magazines. I trust Ty and everything
but there's no law against checking out what he's up to now and then, is there?
Mom sat on my bed,
scooting herself back to lean against the wall. "Your father and I have
been talking," she started.
"Uh huh," I
said warily. "Laughing, you mean. Making fun of me. Acting like I'm a
"Your cousin Hamish
happens to be going to Bay Fest this year."
"So?" I said. I
narrowed my eyes at her. I didn't like that she had brought up Hamish. Hamish
was the biggest geek I'd ever met. Like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, only
with less of a sense of humor and a good chunk of social-phobia. Hamish was going to Bay Fest? He
wasn't even into music.
"Hamish has a
car," Mom said.
"This is what I'm
offering, Poppy. Take it or leave it."
We sat there, staring at
each other for a couple of seconds before I broke eye contact, closed my eyes
and whimpered. "Fine. Okay. Tell me."
"One: Hamish has a
car. He'll drive you and your friends - just Vanya and Mads - to Tallulah Bay. He will drive, Poppy.
"Two: Hamish will
stay with you and supervise you at all times."
"Three: You will
text me once every two hours during the day, and provide photographic evidence
that you are behaving yourself, at night."
"This is stupid, I
"Four: You will get
your father the Debutante Dolls autographs."
I snorted a laugh of
Mom smiled at me wryly,
and glanced toward the door. "Yeah, that one wasn't my idea."
"I don’t think
they’re even at the festival. But
whatever; I'll try."
"If you accept these
conditions - Hamish, checking in, and Debutante Dolls, then okay. You can go to
Bay Fest," she said. "Oh! And one more thing. And this one's really
"Yes Mom, I'm
listening. What is it?"
"When you are around
Ty, or around the media or - heaven forbid - around both, I need you to think
about this," she paused, then said, "What would Jesus do?"
I blinked at her in
surprise. "Excuse me?"
Keep it at the front of your mind."
"I'm not really
religious, and I know for a fact that you aren't either."
She ignored me.
"Would Jesus flash his panties at the paparazzi? I don't think so,"
she said. "Would Jesus get into a cat fight with a girl who flirted with
I tried not to laugh.
"What would Jesus
do, Poppy," she said. "Don't think I don't mean it."
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 favorite 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
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!.
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Labels: contemporary romance, New Adult, Sarah Billington, The Kiss Off, YA Contemporary