Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Shut Out

Shut OutShut Out by Kody Keplinger
Received Copy from BEA (ARC)

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. 

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. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.


Review: Some books just have that fun, quirky feel that put you in a good mood while reading. Shut out by Kody Keplinger is one of those books. While it was on the light and humerus side it also touched on some topics you see some (most) authors shy away from. Just like in 10 Things I Did and Probably Shouldn't Have by Sarah Mlynowski, Shut Out was not  scared to get it's point out there and didn't leave any thing out. If you enjoyed 10 Things, this would be the book you want to check out next. 


The characters in Shut Out were  relatable which made them me favorite part of the story. They just felt like any normal in high school students, someone you could be friends with. This is probably due to Kody Keplinger's age, she has not been out of high school that long. This means she can write a book that teenage girls now can read and really relate to. There were a few things the main character did that upset me but those are character flaws and without them you wouldn't have a story. 


Shut Out was the first book I read by Kody Keplinger it is also her sophomore novel. I'll be checking out her debut from last year as soon as possible. I don't know why I put off reading The Duff for so long but I really regret that now, If it's anything like Shut Out I'm sure I will love every page of it. Shut Out is a book I would recommend to any teenage girl in high school. If you are under 14 I would put off reading Shut Out for a few years since it does touch some older topics as you can see from the summary. 











1 comment:

  1. there's only a word to describe this book: crap.

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