Thursday, December 22, 2011

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Source: Bought
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Summary: Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention 

Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling... 

Review: Shut Out managed to amaze me in so many ways. This book is a gem, especially to high school girls.

In Shut Out the main character is an admirable one. Lissa is definitely a strong heroine who thinks she knows what she wants. At times Lissa could be a little too shifty with her actions but she still proves herself as a girl who can make her own decisions. 

There's a ton of great supporting characters in Shut Out, from Lissa's Dad to her friends to Cash. Cash is such a sweet boy. Basically, he's everything you'd ever want in a guy. He likes books and can make intelligent conversation...Cash is the opposite of Lissa's boyfriend, Randy. I liked Randy a bit in the beginning but in my mind he turned out to be a bad egg. Lissa's Dad was such a good guy, she was so lucky to have him.

But what's this war? Shut Out has the best concept I've seen in awhile for a fun contemporary book. The girls of Hamilton High are going on a hook up strike, as I'm sure most of you already know. I really loved this idea and I had a such a great time reading about all the escapades that went down during the war. 

Shut Out is an awesome book that manages to stay fun but broaches some issues with brutal honesty. I will definitely be looking forward to many more books from Keplinger!

Rating: 4.5 stars


Anna said...

I've seen this book popping up everywhere, but I haven't read it yet! I'm glad to hear it is fun as well as having some depth, great review!

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Lauren M said...

Yay, glad to hear you enjoyed Shut Out! I thought it was such a fun and meaningful book. :) Great review, Katie!

Lisa said...

I just get this book and I'm so excited to read it. I loved Kody Keplinger's brutal honesty in The DUFF so I'm happy to hear it's back in this novel.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Kody's great with the TRUTH, isn't she? She writes it like it actually is with 80% of teens (sex and all that) and is pretty unflinching. Good for her. This one sounds good--I'll have to check it out!

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