Review: Shut Out

Sep •  26 •  2011

Title: Shut Out
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Kody Kelinger
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Book: Finish copy sent by publisher

“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.

This is one of the books that makes me smile when it comes to women. Taking power in what we have. Now, I can tell you right off the bat that this book is not  recommended for younger teens. There are mature issues in it. (Sex, not told, just implied) But anyways, besides that, I thought this book really hit the spot on that we women have the power the change things we if really put our mind to it.
What I loved about this book is the plot line. Ms. Keplinger did an amazing job capturing the teens voices when it comes to the issues at hand. I like that the characters, even the minor ones, played such a big role in the change that is coming. I like how the young ladies gathered together, made plans, and stuck to it. It showed how mature and smart they were.
The main character, Lissa is one tough smart cookie. I loved her willingness to help not only herself but others as well. I like that she is great leader and made excellent points. Cause when a man let things go to his head, you have to show them that you have options!! That is what these girls do. They give them ultimatums. And this part just made me giddy and happy. Girl power!
The love interest caught me by surprise! At first I thought she really loves this guy and then another swoops on in. I love how the other guy slowly crept his way into Lissa heart. I loved how kind and gentle he was.

If you want a funny, girl power book read this! I loved reading it cause it gave such power to women. Though it may be in the way that you expect. It just goes to show that women can do anything if we put our mind to it.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!

3 Comments

  1. Giselle
    Sep 26, 2011

    Great review. I’ve had this on my TBR list a while I should get to it soon. It sounds like something I would enjoy. I like when characters are actually preset in the story and not just there to fill the pages.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

  2. I agree with you on everything you said! Great review! I loved the teenage voice in this one!

  3. *throws up fist*

    Women power! Oh what a great concept. I have been hearing more and more about this and your review really makes me want it now!