Shut Out By: Kody Keplinger

Shut Out         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

     Then 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. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling…

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The book Shut Out is about a high school’s soccer and football team’s rivalry against eachother. Being the girlfriend of the quarterback of the football team Lissa’s experienced her fair share of the rivalry. It seems like she’s lost her boyfriend Randy to the war. Lissa and the other boy’s girlfriends stand together and go on a sex strike. The boys don’t get any until they stop the rivalry. But the boys aren’t too happy with their plan, and makes plans of their own.

I’ve had this book on my to-read pile for a while now, and the whole “battle of the sexes” really intrigues me and I find that Keplinger really presented that in a really cute and funny way. It all started as a desire for the boys to stop their stupid fight, but suddenly became a war between genders.

This book had so many characters. I’ll take too much time and words to explain all of these awesome characters. But one of my favorite characters in this book was Cash Sterling. I mean, who would not love that boy? Cash is basically one of Lissa’s love interest. He was just awesome in so many ways. I mean, he’s good looking, plays soccer, smart and READS. Yes, he reads. There’s not much guys out there like him, who’s both sporty and still has the time to read books. Every time he talked about greek plays and literature was just such a turn-on. Every time Cash came in the picture, I found myself wondering why he didn’t exist in real life. Darn fictional characters for being so dang fictional! Another character I absolutely loved was Lissa’s best friend Chloe. She was awesome. She was just purely honest about everything. Wether it came to her hatred for other people, her sex life or just her personal feelings she  just said everything and anything she wanted to, and she wasn’t going to do you the favour of sugar coating her opinions either. Chloe didn’t care if you’d hate her, she’d tell you what she thinks anyways. That’s what I loved about her, the honesty that’s so rare these days. Lissa was great. She was neither amazing or horrible for me. I liked that she’s the type of person to  stand her ground on her opinions and has a strong character. She was a noteable lead, but I found that she made horrible descisions along the way.  Sure she grew from those mistakes, but I still think that her mistakes were so…. for a lack of a better word, stupid. She had good intentions, but I would have done some things very differently.

The best part of this book has got to be Cash. I mean, wow, that boy was awesome. Other than that, I really love the way that Keplinger wasn’t afraid to write so honestly and bluntly. She wasn’t afraid to address society’s sexist issues and double standards. Keplinger’s writing style was just so straight forward and blunt. She didn’t sugarcoat anything.

Overall, I thought the book was great. It wasn’t one of my favourites, maybe because I don’t usually favour contemporary books, but apart from that, the book was awesome. It was a cute and a very light read. I just ate this book up. I’ve heard good things about Keplinger’s books, especially her book DUFF. I can’t wait to read her other novels. If you guys recommend any of her books, tell me! Just comment below!

 – Caryl

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