Saturday, 18 April 2009

Review: Split by a Kiss

Jo has never been one of the popular kids... until she moves to the USA. Suddenly the coolest girls at her new high school adopt her, and the hottest boy, Jake Matthews, notices her. But when Jake picks her as a partner in the kissing game Seven Minutes in Heaven, it's not half as heavenly as she imagined!

Jo has a choice: should she carry on with Jake for guaranteed popularity - or should she tell him where to get off and risk losing her new friends...?

At this moment - Jo splits. She's Josie the Cool - girlfriend of Jake, member of the in-crowd. But she's also Jo the Nerd - rejected by the It girls, single... ordinary. Will her two halves ever come together again?

"Split by a Kiss" is written by Luisa Plaja, or you may better know her as the editor at Chicklish. You may or may not know, that I need an interesting blurb or pretty cover for me to consider reading a book. I was honestly intrigued by the blurb on this book. I wondered how you could have two different people (well, different sides of Jo) with two different stories. After the first chapter I got to understand how this works. The book shows how one decision can shape the path that Jo takes.

The characters reminded me of actual teenagers, something which most authors have to work hard to achieve. As a teenager myself I know how hard it can be trying to understand what other people really feel. Yeah, we are slightly crazed hormone teenagers. I also loved how the main character talk about adapting at America. There were differences between America and England that I had never even noticed. I've always liked books that were based around secondary school, mainly because, it's what I'm living.

The plot was really interesting. It was about a journey that one girl took. Jo, who made the move from England to America with her mother, was given two choices. Both concerned Jake Matthews AKA the hottest boy in school. This is where it was interesting. We were allowed to see the results of both decisions. The real question was, would both paths become one? Or would one path ultimately shape her future?

This book was really unputadownable. I started last night and read one chapter, I needed my beauty sleep, and continued through the day, apart from daily distractions. I really wanted to know what would happen to Jo.

Characters: 10/10 (very realistic)

Plot: 8/10

Hookability: 9/10

Total: 27/10

Verdict: Read it. Especially, if like me, you love books based at school.


  1. Cool review. I really enjoyed SBAK too - can't wait for the sequel!

  2. I read a similiar book - The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. It's a little like that Gwyenth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors as well. I really enjoyed both, so I'll have to check this one out!

  3. Oh cool, I'll look in to that book. I haven't seen Sliding Doors. I may watch that. Thanks for the suggestion :)

    And I'm happy now I know there's going to be a sequel :)

  4. I loved it too. Her seconf book Extreme Kissing is also fab.

  5. Luisa writes such amazing books :D

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