Monday, December 2, 2013

Over It by Sarah Billington

Teen Youtube song writing sensation Poppy Douglas’s lead singer boyfriend Ty’s been criss-crossing the country and living it up on tour for months while Poppy has been stuck in the boring suburbs, finishing out the school year.
But it’s Summer now, and the best thing just happened: Poppy’s royalties for writing the hit song The Kiss Off just came in. She’s minted, and she knows just what she’s going to blow it on.
Ty’s band Academy of Lies are headlining a summer music festival, and Poppy is taking her girlfriends along for the best weekend of their lives. It’s all organized: the weekend is going to be full of camping under the stars, backstage passes, VIP rooms and partying like rock stars, not to mention some long awaited one-on-one time with America’s favorite front man.
Except, when someone drops out of the trip and Poppy takes the opportunity to mend a broken friendship, it doesn’t quite go according to plan. And when she meets her boyfriend’s BFF from another band, the paparazzi form their own totally wrong conclusions. There’s also the matter of Ty’s ‘super fan’ stalker, but the less said about her the better.
The biggest test of all comes in the form of an opportunity too good to pass up. But will insecurities and jealousy stand in Poppy’s way? Can Poppy and Ty’s relationship even survive it?
Life is about to get much more complicated for Poppy Douglas, but what can you expect when your boyfriend is a rock star?
Misty's Review:

The sequel to The Kiss Off, Over It continues the story of Poppy, a teenaged YouTube songwriting sensation. This is a hilarious story full of teenaged angst and awkwardness. I read both books in preparation for this review and just laughed my head off for the whole first half of The Kiss Off. I was curious to see if Billington could outdo herself with the second book, and while the writing in the second book did seem to be tighter, I think it lost a bit of the sheer hilarity of the first.

Also, Over It didn't really have a romance, so right there you know I'm not going to like it as well. And not to be a spoiler, but Poppy and Ty are kind of breaking up--but it's totally right because they can't stay together. They don't spend hardly any of the book together (bummer) and Ty's character is never really developed (also a bummer). I just kept seeing so many different directions the story could go, but it kept barreling down this path of destruction with Poppy making all these terrible choices that result in terrible outcomes. It's totally sad because I feel like she wasn't learning along the way, but just has this one epiphany at the end that is kind of out of nowhere. Still, both books were funny, interesting, and left me with something to think about.

Content: References to sex and a few swears.

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