Saturday, September 17, 2011
Review: Shut Out
By Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 5, 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.
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.
Let me just start by saying that I will read anything by Kody Keplinger. There is something about the way she writes and the characters she introduces to us. They are real and believable, and sometimes sarcastic and tough and I love that. In this book we meet Lissa who is currently going out with Randy (captain of the football team) who has a rivalry with the soccer team. Of course the girls think this rivalry is ridiculous so Lissa organizes all the girlfriends together and they start a sex strike to end the rivalry. But Lissa didn't expect to find a friend in Cash, well really more than a friend. When her and Randy broke up, her and Cash made out once but she never heard from him again. Now they are working together and the feelings are coming back. When Cash decides to organize all the boys together to try and teach the girls a lesson in this sex strike it gets even more complicated. But in the end it's more of a rivalry between Lissa and Cash. This was a really great quick and easy read. Even though it's not as good as "Duff" Kody's first book, it's still just as good and you should check it out. I still got butterflies when Cash and Lissa would share a special moment together.
Have you read this book, would love to know what your thoughts are on it?