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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552556807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552556804
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,881 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 used to run the teen book site Chicklish.co.uk. Find out more at www.LuisaPlaja.com.

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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" (Lovereading.co.uk)

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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 By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L on 9 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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. When Jo splits into Josie and Cool and Jo the Nerd she experiences life on opposite ends of the social spectrum and finds out why being Little Miss Popular might not be quite as exciting as she first thought.

Are there any teenagers in the UK that didn't dream of going to high school in America? No, I don't think so. I know I did. I was so sure that if I could just attend high school in the USA it would be just like the movies. If any of my American friends ever tell me it's nothing like the movies, I just don't believe them.

In fact, when I was trying to decide which university to go to I read a comment on a student forum from a girl who had just dropped out of Bath Spa because (and I quote) `it was too much like a bitchy American high school'. Well I was sold. I went on to attend Bath Spa uni, loved every second and am now content that I attended the UK equivalent of a stereotypical American high school.

But I digress. I'm here to talk about Split by a Kiss but that's just how excited this book makes me. It's like the lovely Luisa took my teenage dream and turned it into possibly the most fun novel I've ever read.

I honestly love everything about this book. Lately I seem to have read nothing but books that make me cry and, while I do like to shed a tear now and then, it's nice to just kick back and read something funny, something truly entertaining, something like Split by a Kiss.

I must admit that I did prefer Jo's sections to Josie's but both interlinked really well and that's something I really enjoyed.
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