Monday, September 12, 2011

Review for Shut Out by Kody Keplinger



Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: September 5, 2011

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.

Verdict: This book was full of awesome! I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting! Kody Keplinger did a wonderful job of making her characters real. Everything they said and did was always 100% believable. I also loved the sex strike! It was an original idea that I've never seen done before and I loved it! The main character Lissa, was flawed, which made her all the more relatable: she made mistakes and had funny quirks. Her best friend, Chloe, was brutally honest and I loved it! She always spoke her mind and wasn't afraid of what anybody else thought, she was someone you could easily imagine becoming best friends with. Lissa's other good friend was Ellen, who I thought was also very cool, she was willing to overlook some of their disagreements and still be there for Lissa. Then there is Randy, who is a football-playing jerk. (I, for one, would totally egg his car..... just saying!) And last, but not least, there is Cash Sterling who is definitely a crush-worthy character. He plays soccer and is totally sweet. After waiting for the release of this book for months, I was not disappointed! It was an all-around superb read! :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

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