Book Review: Shut Out by: Kody Keplinger

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Poppy

Publish Date: September 5, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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: I highly enjoyed Ms. Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF, and I was highly anticipating her sophomore novel - Shut Out. Ms. Keplinger does not disappoint! Shut Out deals with adult themes of sex, but not graphically, but more in the stereotypes between males and females, and the strength of character. Lissa is a great protagonist and the rest of the characters are well developed. Not that anyone is "perfect" - Ms. Keplinger's characters are real teenagers with all the faults and foibles that we each have. Well-written dealing with a sensitive subject, I think Shut Out is an excellent addition to any teen library.

Other books by this Author: The DUFF

1 comment:

  1. It may not be graphic, but Lysistrata sure is. I always find it a bit amusing when our ancient forebears turn out to be far more naughty than us.


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