- 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: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Split by a Kiss Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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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)
A fabulously entertaining tale of a teenager who splits in two when she has a difficult decision to make!See all Product description
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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. We would see Jo attend an event with her mother in one chapter, then see Josie blowing off her mother's invitation in the next chapter and it was the details like that that made me champion Jo the Nerd even more.
Though Split by a Kiss is a whole truckload of cute boys, kissing games and ice skating disasters there are some serious issues that are dealt with brilliantly so, while the cover may lead you to believe that this is a fun middle grade novel (I know that's what I thought when I first saw it) there is actually a lot more edge in Split by a Kiss than you might first think. In my opinion, that's nothing but a good thing.
There are enough pop culture references and Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes to make anybody *squeee* and I can promise you now that you won't be able to resist Ms. Plaja's hilarious writing style. Jo's dismay when she's asked whether she wants chips or fries with her school lunch made me cackle to myself - brilliant.
I currently have the second book in the series, Swapped by a Kiss, staring at me from my book shelves so do look out for my review of that, which I'm sure will be coming very soon.
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. Rather than go in all heavy-handed with the `be yourself' stuff, Split by a Kiss really gets that it's as hard to fit in with the nerds as it is with the in-crowd. Also, best incentive ever for chucking out the labels and just being yourself: if you're off simpering after the wrong guy, you might miss out on your big love scene with the right one.
Whether you're a fan of light-hearted romantic comedies or a cynical devotee of all things dark, Split by a Kiss is the kind of book that'll give you a serious case of the warm fuzzies. It's charming, hilarious and frankly irresistible. Just beware of the snorting.
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