Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Published:September 5, 2011
Publisher: Poppy

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.
Who doesn’t love to read about battle of sexes?
I loved Kody’s debut novel The DUFF. So I waited anxiously for her second book to come out and I was so happy when I got my hands on a copy.

SHUT OUT is a wonderful story told in the fresh voice of Lissa. I absolutely loved the take on Battle of Sexes. I loved the main character Lissa: she’s fantastic, likeable, neurotic and bossy. I really enjoyed reading this book. I also liked Cash (on a side note: I really like the name.) I liked the fact that Kody brought up guys choosing football--or in this book rivalry--over their girlfriends. It’s realistic! It happens in real life--husbands choosing sport over their wives, boyfriends choosing sports over their girlfriends.

The one thing that really irked me about Lissa was why she even bothered with Randy at all--he was a complete jerk. The plot of this book might be the same as The Duff but it has a different concept. It was my second time reading about battle of sexes and I’ve learned good things so far.

While reading this book, I can’t help comparing the main character of The Duff, Bianca, and Lissa. It was really interesting to me because it felt like two different authors wrote those two characters, in my opinion. That’s how different the characters are. I liked the ending but I wanted the books to have more depth about battle of sexes, and not just Lissa not wanting Cash to win because of 
her emotional feelings for him.

Overall, Kody did an amazing job and I would be reading more of her work. Plus, the cover is just pretty. I recommend this book for everyone.

Rating: 3/5 (Recommend it)

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