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Split by a Kiss

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 21mm | 216g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552556807
  • 9780552556804
  • 184,294

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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.ukshow more

About Luisa Plaja

Luisa Plaja lives in Devon with her husband and two young children. She is a huge fan of teenage chick-lit. This is her first novel.show more

Review Text

"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"show more

Back cover copy

I'm two different people. Literally. I'm split. 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 his 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 going with Jake for guarenteed 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?show more

Rating details

366 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 26% (96)
4 27% (100)
3 30% (109)
2 13% (47)
1 4% (14)

Our customer reviews

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? Ms. Plaja creates a unique story based on the age old "What If" dilemma. If Josephine becomes Jake's girlfriend, will she be popular and happy? If she tells off Jake for his roaming hands, will she be left out in the cold and end up miserable? Josephine doesn't realize that she can be happy if she just accepts who she is and is happy with the life she has. The story is surprisingly easy to follow, even with the two concurrent storylines. The print changes for each personality of Josephine. And if that's not clear enough to the reader, the author designates the cool Josie with lips and the nerdy Jo with eye glasses. I adore the movie Sliding Doors, which is based on the same concept. So it was a treat to read a story that uses the same idea. There are some strong characters through both storylines and the reader is rooting for them as well as Josephine for the right conclusion.show more
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