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Shut Out

Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
pages: 273 pages
publication date: September 5 2011

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.


I heard so many rave about how great this book and I got a copy in my mailbox and started reading it, I couldn’t stop reading it, it felt the book was one magnet and my eyes were another. I was drawn to the book and literally didn’t stop reading till it was finished.
Shut Out is about a soccer and football team rivalry. For over 10 years the soccer team and football have been going at each other every fall, it’s been going to long that no one even knows what started it, they just keep on hating each other.
Lissa has had enough of the hatred the soccer and football team have against each other she gets all the girlfriends of both teams and starts a strike; no one can have any sexual activity with each other until the rivalry is over. That is until it goes on for more weeks than planned, the boys still aren’t getting along and Randy and Lissa aren’t as they used to be.
Soon Lissa becomes attracted to Cash Sterling, one of the soccer players, he seems to flirt with her every second, just like he does any other girl in the school but he actually kisses her and she’s as confused as ever.
I loved Cash, he was so sweet and perfect in every way, I really don’t like when authors make characters perfect but it’s just fit. Randy is such a jerk, even before he did what he did to her I hated him. Sure he seemed like a good boyfriend but he wanted one thing and one thing only.
I didn’t like Lissa, she was to bossy and for some reason I didn’t like her at all. That still doesn’t stop me from wanting to give this book a million stars, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it all revolved around sex between teenagers, I mean aren’t parents and teachers teaching us that this is a bad thing and for some reason I felt like this book condoned it just a little. But besides that I loved it.
Definitely recommend this book to everyone, everyone should read this when it comes out in September!

5/5 stars


flashlight_reader said...

I wanted to read this one, but I'm not sure if there was so much focus on sex. I don't think I could put this one in my classroom, so that pushes it down the TBR list.

Anonymous said...

what age group is it? it's just my opinion, but alot of the book they did talk about sex so I don't know if putting it in your classroom would be a good idea.

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