Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
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.
I became an instant fan of Kody Keplinger after reading her debut novel, The DUFF; so I wasn't surprised when I fell in love with her newest book, Shut Out. If you like reading books that are very real, believable and honest, then I definitely recommend this one. The storyline in this book is a clever way to reveal and talk about the realities of sex, and how everyone is different-- there is no "normal" or "abnormal" when it comes to the subject, as indicated in the book. Also, aside from the serious subject matter, there are also a lot of laughs to be had from this book! The author's sense of humor is great.
I really enjoyed and appreciated Lissa's character. She had her idiosyncrasy's and insecurities, but she was overall a great person and her character really grew throughout the book. She proved to be someone that her fellow classmates could admire. I also really liked her relationship with her dad, and how much she took care of him. Her best friend, Chloe, is hilarious! I loved how she was very open and honest about herself, and how good of a friend she was to Lissa. The other female characters in this book were fun to read about as well, all of them dealing with different issues. Each character paints a different picture, which I liked.
Lissa's boyfriend, Randy, and her other love interest, Cash, are like night and day. It was interesting to see how Lissa's relationship progressed with these two. I just loved Cash, he sounded so adorable and his personality was just so likable. Randy........well, let's just say that he was kind of a manipulating smooth-talker. His character reminded me a lot of someone I dated several years ago (see, I'm not lying when I say this book is believable!).
I feel like there is so much more I could say about this novel, praising it, but I am not as good with words as the great, Kody Keplinger. So, you'll just have to get yourself a copy of Shut Out and trust me when I say that it's fantastic!