Sunday 23 October 2011

Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Product Details:
Paperback: 273 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Released: 5th September 2011

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.
My Review:
This is the fabulous second novel by Kody Keplinger. Shut Out is a total girl power story based on the Greek play Lysistrata.
Shut Out is about the 10 year old rivalry between Hamilton High’s football and soccer team. Lissa, who is dating quarterback, Randy, is fed up of coming second best to his hatred of the soccer team. She finds out that she is not alone; all of the girlfriends of the football team are sick of the constant hatred between the two teams. Lissa come up with a plan. Her and the girlfriends of both teams decide to go on a strike. Not just any strike but a sex strike. They make a pact to withhold any sexual activity until the boys end the rivalry.

When the boys discover what the girls are up to, Randy starts to act differently towards Lissa. Throughout this, Lissa finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to Cash, the guy who flirts with everyone but won’t ever take things any further. Cash decides that the boys need someone to guide them into overcoming the strike and takes on a leadership role that brings both teams together. Soon, the strike becomes much more for the girls and Lissa starts to forget the reason that they started it in the first place. Things end up going further than the girls ever expected, and before long, there is full blown battle of the sexes going on.

The characters in Shut Out are just fabulous! Lissa’s best friend, Chloe, is a really powerful character who always speaks her mind. She takes part in the strike even though she doesn’t have a boyfriend. I also loved Cash. He is just adorable!
I really liked all of the female bonding session’s during the sleepover’s held by the girls. I loved the fact that they started to accept the truths about each other and realise that everyone is free to make their own decisions about their personal lives and that they shouldn’t feel pressured into changing that.
Shut Out is a fantastically funny read with a unique storyline and plenty of girl-power!
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1 comment:

  1. I've always been meaning to pick it up, but I never did. Now, I definitely will!


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