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September 19, 2011

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger Review

imageTitle: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy (Little, Brown)
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Received From: Publisher in return for a honest review (Thanks!)

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.


Now I don’t request books very often, I mean of course there are books I really want to read and would love to receive a copy of, but most of the time I just wait till it comes out or join a blog tour.

But I LOVED Kody Keplinger’s first book The D.U.F.F. so the combination of that and reading the synopsis made me break down and request this book, and thankfully they were generous enough to send it to me!

Ok, on the book! I had never heard of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata but I enjoyed this book so much that I might go pick it up! Shut Out was another awesome book by Kody! It was funny and real, as well as slightly incorporating some difficult topics.

I do have a warning for this and The Duff, these are not books for younger readers. They both deal openly with issues of sex and other related things. And while I had no problem with it, and as an older young adult really didn’t mind reading about it. (There is no actual sex in the book) The readers of this book should be mature about the issues that are brought up. With that being said I really liked that it was the center of the book, because honestly it makes total sense. I think that’s what I love the most about Kody’s books, they are real. I also liked how Kody brought up insecurities that girls have about sex, and how girls can be afraid to even tell their friends that they are virgins. That part made this book for me.

Lissa was a great main character, she had her quirks and  was someone that I could totally see myself being friends with. Her obsessions made her real and I think is something that people deal with. Also Cash… Um… Yeah he was HOT. I want one!!!!! Finally a sweet guy! I loved him definitely in my top ten!

Overall a great sophomore novel for Kody Keplinger! The combination of topics and characters creates a realistic and hilarious take on the power of girls!





  1. Oh, we're glad to hear you enjoyed it! We all liked the DUFF, so we've been looking forward to reading Shut Out.

    Fyi, Kristan has seen Lysistrata as a play, and she wasn't overly impressed. It was mostly weird...

  2. My kids all love to read! We have our own book club...currently we are reading War Breaker by Brandon Sanderson. Have you ever read it? Not really my genre, but I am enjoying it anyway.


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