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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Released: September 5, 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Rated: YA
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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.

What I thought

I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. When I read the description I was ready to go on the offense when it came to Lissa since it seems that her boyfriend slowly gets replaced. But I was mistaken. Big time. I actually lost myself completely while reading this, feeling everything that Lissa felt and I'm glad I gave this a chance.

I found it a little weird at first, then intriguing, how this school has a rivalry in it's own fields. It made the war front a very interesting aspect as we see students turn on each other. It turned out to be a stroke of genius.

I'm not going to lie, at first I was a little shocked at a young adult novel talk about sex so much. But then I started to realize that while it's not suitable for the younger crowd, it is probably something that a lot of high schoolers would connect to and I was able to look at it with new eyes as I read. I was surprised with what was talked about. The girls share their own stories and I was glad to see it wasn't always glorious when they were talking about it, it was very realistic and I appreciated that.

Cash is my kind of guy. I really latched on to him and was intrigued from the first moment he entered the story. He seems like such a honorable guy. He does what he has to, not just for him, but for others and I found myself falling for this guy hard. Then I had wanted Lissa to as well. Since Randy turned out different than I thought he would be, I had hoped she would drop him fast.

Lissa's family had me pulled in as well. Her family isn't the typical family. She takes care of her family much as if she were the mom, but her devotion was touching. I really liked that her family wasn't typical. It really added to the story and I think it added to her character. This is definitely a book that needs to be picked up.

My Rating

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3 comments:

Edie Ramer said...

Your review made me want to read this. I'm going to check it out.

Aimee said...

You'll have to let me know how you like it if you read it!

Karen said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this. I thought it was ok but it didn't really grab me. I enjoyed The Duff more. One thing Keplinger does is tackle teenage sexuality head on....in both books. I think the books are for older teenage readers but I think she handles it in an honest way.

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