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Split by a Kiss [Paperback]

Luisa Plaja
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6 Mar 2008

Jo has just moved to America with her mum. She's always been a fairly average girl - not a nerd but certainly never one of the popular kids. But on her first day in her new school, she seems to be adopted by the It girls - and is invited to one of their parties. There, she meets Jake Matthews, officially the hottest boy in school, and when they begin to play the kissing-in-the-closet game, Seven Minutes in Heaven, amazingly Jake picks Jo join him in the closet! She can't believe her luck. But the reality of being kissed and groped by Jake is not quite as great as the fantasy... Jo has a choice to make: should she carry on, kiss Jake and secure her position in the It crowd - or should she tell him where to get off and risk relegation back to the land of the ordinary . . . ?

At this moment - Jo splits. She's Josie the Cool - girlfriend of Jake, member of the It crowd. She's also Jo the Nerd - rejected by the It crowd, single . . .

Will her two halves ever come back together again? Is Jake the guy she's meant to be with or could some of the other people she meets along her journey - Rachel the scary goth, David the misfit or Albie the rocker - be the answer?

A fabulously inventive, heartwarming and funny take on the Sliding Doors idea, for teen readers.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552556807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552556804
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luisa was born in Glasgow and grew up in the suburbs of London after spending her early childhood in Sicily. She has a degree in Linguistics and has worked in wordy jobs including television subtitling, dictionary editing and linguistic software development. She loves reading and writing about teenagers and relationships, and she runs the teen book site You can also find her at

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"A teen chick lit novel, but one written with intelligence, humour and subtlety . . . The story is slick, funny and a really good read for anyone feeling the peer pressure" (The School Librarian)

"It's rare to find a book like this - that has a brand new, never told before story, brilliant writing, lots of very realistic scenarios and some hilarious but usually overlooked characters. It really is the ultimate in teen fiction" (Zoe Page The Bookbag)

"Split by a Kiss has a strong narrative voice and punchy contemporary dialogue. The moral of this novel is that it's important to speak your true voice. And at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a long career as a children's author, Plaja has done just that" (Vanessa Curtis Glasgow Herald)

"Cute, sweet, and funny read. Fans of Louise Rennison will love it, and should be sure to put it on their Christmas wish lists!" (Meg Cabot)

"A fast paced and touching story about teenage identities" (

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A fabulously entertaining tale of a teenager who splits in two when she has a difficult decision to make!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Teen Fiction at its Best! 12 Feb 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
Firstly, any author who mentions Buffy the Vampire Slayer in their book will immediately get my attention. And Snow Patrol too, for that matter. Thumbs up for that, Luisa!

Split by a Kiss is like a cross between the movies Sliding Doors and Mean Girls. It's fun, original and very hard to put down.

Jo/Josie has a brilliant voice, and reminded me of Georgia Nicolson from the Angus, Thongs... series. She's funny, honest and is your typical sixteen year old girl. I laughed out loud quite a few times, especially at some of her UK to US vocabulary mistakes. Speaking of US to UK, this aspect of the book is one of the things I liked most. It's interesting to learn about the different phrases and words that each country uses to describe the same thing: for example, 'closet' and 'cupboard'.

All the characters are likeable and realistic, especially Tori (the nice mean girl), Albie (Tori's lovely brother) and Chelsea (rich bitch clique leader). I won't spoil the plot, but I was very happy to see who Jo ended up with. I think I may have clapped at the end, or something along those lines. That's how much I wanted her to end up with the character-that-can't-be-named.

I like how the story has been left open, and I would love to know what happens to the characters in the future. I also liked the sneaky hint about the voodoo doll, and the possibility that it could have been the cause of Jo's split. Very clever.

If you're a fan of Louise Rennison or Liz Rettig, then you should enjoy reading this book. Split by a Kiss has reminded me why I love UK teen fiction, and I am now eagerly awaiting Luisa's next novel, Extreme Kissing, which is being published this April. It sounds great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book alert! 9 Jan 2010
By L
Warning: cute book alert! Anyone who knows me will know that I tend to go for speculative fiction in a big way, preferably with a side order of apocalypse. The fact is, all that doom and gloom takes its toll on a girl. Sometimes, we all need a book that will make us smile. Enter Split by a Kiss. We may even need a book that will make us snort out loud on the bus so that other people stare. Again, Split by a Kiss.

As every British teenager knows, when it comes to high school Americans do it better. Of course they do. In Britain, it's all packed lunches, GCSE coursework and dodgy uniforms. Americans have prom. Americans can drive themselves to school. Plus, what American teenage girl has to wear a shirt and tie five days a week? For Jo, moving to America is an opportunity to exchange her boring everyday British life with the stuff of movies. Or so she thinks. And for the reader who gets to go with her... well, it's a riot.

The standout aspect of Split by a Kiss is definitely its structure. When our protagonist splits, we follow Josie the Cool and Jo the Nerd through two different versions of the same story. This means we get to experience the same events from different perspectives: the parties that Josie's invited to but Jo is left out of, the different ways that Jo and Josie spend the same snowy day. The most magical part of all: we're given one perfect guy for Jo to fall for, but two different journeys to get her there.

Split by a Kiss may be Fun with a capital F, but there's a whole lot of real life in there too. We've all met the intelligent girl who dumbs herself down to fit in with the in-crowd or get the attention of some boy who probably isn't all that interesting anyway.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 29 Feb 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
How cool would it be to move to another country and be able to reinvent yourself? When Josephine's mom first tells her that they're moving from England to the USA for a year for a job contract, Josephine thinks she doesn't want to go. But the more she thinks about it, she figures, what does she have to lose? She and her friend, Hailey, aren't part of the popular crowd. Her father is remarried. Why not go for it?

So Josephine (or Josie or Jo...) and her mom pack up and move to a Boston suburb. On the first day of school, Josie asks this Goth-looking girl where the principal's office is. She runs into the same girl at lunch and asks if she can join her. The girl tells her to get lost. Upon hearing the rejection, Josie turns around and notices that a group of popular girls are headed straight towards her. They inform Josie that she best avoid Rachel the Freak and join them at their table. There begins a fragile friendship.

After the first week of school, one of Josie's new friends, Tori, invites her to a party. The party changes everything for Josie. During a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, Josie is selected by the IT guy, Jake Matthews. While in the closet, Jake gets a little too friendly. At this point, the story splits in two...literally.

Two different girls come out of the closet. The first storyline follows Josie after accepting Jake's advances, and ultimately being welcomed into the popular group. The second storyline makes Jo out to be a loser for not realizing how lucky she would've been had she accepted Jake.

The story unfolds, alternating between the Cool Josie and the Nerdy Jo. The book spirals to a conclusion that brings the two halves back to one whole. But which personality will win out?

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3.0 out of 5 stars Split by a Kiss
Split by a Kiss, is the story of Josephine Reilly, who has to move to Boston, USA, with her mum, who receives a better offer for a job there. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Iffath
5.0 out of 5 stars Split by a Kiss
I've read over and over again that Split by a Kiss is Sliding Doors meets Mean Girls and I couldn't put it better myself. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by S
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun story of frienship, love, self-discovery & growing-up
Wow, I loved this book. A light hearted read that was so easy to relate to. Along the lines of Sliding Doors whereby a significant decision/occurrence can alter the course of your... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Book Angel Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
I really, really loved this! I didn't want to put it down - I loved the story and the characters were brilliant, especially our main character Jo/Josie. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Sammee, I Want To Read That
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, thoughtful, feel-good fiction
I loved this novel as a 30-something because it transported me straight back to my teen years. But I wish it had been around back then, too. Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by E Gale
5.0 out of 5 stars Split By A Kiss
Jo Reilly has never really been a popular kid. In fact, it seems Jo errs on the side of nerdy and it's only when she moves to the USA that her popularity seems to sky-rocket. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Leah Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
When her mother gets a job in the USA, Jo goes with her. It's America, of course she's going! But what she doesn't expect is to become two different people. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Split by a kiss
I love this book! its so entertaining and a great read! I would higly recommend it to teenage girls!
Published on 16 Sep 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romcom for the teens
Everybody has wondered what would have happened if they did/didn't do something. Split by a Kiss has the unusual concept of narrating two alternate storylines after a decision main... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2009 by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun!
The best thing about the book is that it looks at the good and bad about any teen's life - whether you're popular or not, whether you're British, American...male, female... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2008 by A
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