Shut Out
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Shut Out

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by Kody Keplinger
     
 

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The battle of the sexes is on. 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

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The battle of the sexes is on. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316191579
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/05/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
69,311
File size:
685 KB
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), during her senior year of high school. The DUFF was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys&Me. She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.

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Shut Out 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
hobbitsies More than 1 year ago
I am one of those people who absolutely loved The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. It's so refreshing for someone to actually talk about sex in a young adult book, and I'm so glad that Kody Keplinger wasn't afraid to do it again in Shut Out. I was a bit iffy when I started Shut Out. The main character, Lissa, is a total control freak. And it drove me craaaazy for the first fifty pages or so. I just wanted her to shut up and stop telling her brother and dad and Randy what to do. But then we sort of got to know why she was that way, and I understood her more. And also sort of scarily related to her with the counting thing - I am OBSESSED with time. I have to be at least half an hour early to everything :/ As for the other characters - let me give you a quick rundown. I HATE HATE HATE HATED Randy. So very much. I thought Chloe was hilarious. And I loveeeed Cash. Kody Keplinger, who has only two published books out so far, has gotten me to fall for both of her love interests. Cash was much nicer and sweeter than Wesley in The DUFF (who I loved as well!), and the star game? Yes! As for the storyline - I haven't read Lysistrata. But I loved how Kody Keplinger addressed the issue of sex head-on and didn't backdown, not for a second. The whole point of Shut Out is that the girls are witholding sex and sexy-ish acts from the guys until they stop fighting, so there's really no way to avoid it. I'm not going to get into the whole right/wrong/etc debate but let me just say, this is probably my favourite line from Shut Out - "I want to be normal, but no one talks about sex, so how should I know what normal is?" Gah, anyway - I loved Shut Out. And I think you should read it. From what I'm seeing, a lot of people who didn't like The DUFF are really liking Shut Out, so don't let that stop you! Shut Out opens an important topic up for discussion in an interesting and entertaining way. The characters are dynamic, the romance is steamy, and the storyline definitely sucks you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it all in one night. It keeps yu very interested with how both the boys & the girls handle the strike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a total swoon worthy book!!! I love cash! Seriously like sexy soccer player (how can it get better than that) , way better than randy. Im happy with the ending and how her dad was always excepting even though lissa bossed him around all the time. I loved the strike idea and how the boys formed their own team. I didnt really get that there would be a boys team from the summery. Overall i would put this in the teen/romance/comedy. If anyone loves YA romance books get this book right now. I mean like right now!! I love love love (cash) the book!!!
AMorgan721 More than 1 year ago
Shut Out was an interesting read for me, leaving me a bit conflicted. On one hand, the book was extremely open and honest about sex, and sexual behavior among teenagers. On the other hand, the book had a lot of talk about teenage sex. I think at first what bothered me was that sex was just plain and simple THE topic of the book. The book started in full swing and it never really stopped from there. I have some reservations about making sex such a normal book topic in a young adult/teenage genre. But here's the thing, no matter how much us adults would like to dance around this topic and pretend it doesn't exist; to do so is to shut yourself into a closet and pretend the world doesn't go on without you. The fact is, teenagers are curious about sex, they have sex, they want to have sex, they think about sex.. In my opinion, parents are way too closed about this topic. No, I don't want to think about my kids having sex..but they are 7, 6, and 4, but one day they are going to be 16, 15, and 13 and I'm going to have to face the reality of this topic long before these ages come. I think it is important to be open, and especially honest about sex. I think most of us as kids were taught the science of it; how it works, what is done, what happens afterwards. We separated into classrooms, given pictures, and diagrams and made to understand the functions of our body parts. We learned the emotional aspects from.unfortunately in my case, Cinamax. Open conversation would do wonders I think, and would probably help teenager made better decisions. And THIS is what I really loved about Shut Out. The bad part, these teenage girls were not discussing these things with their parents, not that it would have helped some. One of the girl's mothers bought her a pack of cigarettes. Nice. But it's reality, there are parents out there who promote unhealthy decisions. The good part, the girls got together and discussed these things with each other. What they found was that everyone was different. Some lied about having sex, because they didn't want to seem abnormal. Some didn't even like sex. Some, er well one at least, really enjoyed it. This hits on another wonderful part of the book. Kody Keplinger also is tackling the social norms of sexual behavior among the sexes. Is it wrong when girls like and desire sex, and are open about it? How about if a girl sleeps around, why is it that when a girl sleeps around she's a slut, and when a boy does he's "the man?" Moving on. The characters. I liked almost all of the characters. They were a very believable bunch, and while reading there were times when you felt like you were right there at the slumber party with them. I did not, however, care much for Lissa - our main girl. I found her very annoying, and pretty selfish. I wanted to slap the control freak right out of here. I'm sorry, that is harsh. She has had a rough run of life, and she does understand she's controlling, but sheesh. I'm surprised she was even able to function as a person. Oh, she has her good moments, she's really good at making the other girls feel okay about themselves. On the flipside, there is Cash. I fell in love with Cash right away. He was just.well, the perfect guy is probably too much, but it's what comes to mind. I actually wanted a better match for him. It is really abnormal that I feel this strongly about a female-lead, but I guess it's bound to happen now and then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok this book was good. But i warn u, BEWARE if u cant handle reading about sex. This is a very mature book, but really its true stuff that teenagers go through. I highly recomend. This book reminds me of catching jordan, so if you have read that you will like this and if u havnt read it but u like this book i highly suggest u read catching jordan too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was so amazing. I loved the way that the author crafted the characters. I didnt want it to end. I really liked the ending. This book is definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING! (excuse my over excited nature) This book really captured the high school experience. I bought this book about 2 hours ago and I am proud to say I'm glad I lost sleep over it. Like DUFF, I am PRAYING they make a movie. Kody Keplinger's books are amazing and she's an amazing writer. I already can't wait to do a book reprt on this for English! (Again, please excuse my over excited nature) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it's very relatable, and very empoweing to teenage girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best teen books i have ever read, i had a line of friends asking to read this book when in done, this is a 5 star book, is should be a part 2 to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing u wont want to put it down i laughed and cried so will u! I really connected with lissa the main character! I fell completly in love with the whole story i just wish they would have told me if lissa gave it up!
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
Let's start out with the basics: SHUT OUT is not for everyone. This book deals with sex and there's a lot of cursing being thrown around. This will turn off some readers immediately; if you're one of them, you can walk away from this review right now and I won't be offended. Anyone who knows the play LYSISTRATA and realizes that SHUT OUT is a modern day retelling should automatically realize that such taboo topics lie at the heart of this novel. The play revolves around the women of Sparta and Athens withholding sexual favors from their husbands in order to bring about the end of the Peloponnesian War. I know what you're thinking: Okay, wait, back up a second: This is a teen book? The topic seems way too adult! And that's true. SHUT OUT is definitely for mature teens and adults. But teens have sex, too. That's a fact of life. One of the nice things about SHUT OUT is that it doesn't idealize sex. It shows teens making bad decisions: Some of them regret the things they've done, others hold on to their beliefs, and most of them feel that they're "weird" or "different" when it comes to certain things. Keplinger looks at things from peer pressure to what's right for an individual, taking a sophisticated look at a topic that gives teens more choices than today's standard "Everyone else is doing it, so I might as well just get it over with, too." There's so much more at play, which is part of SHUT OUT's heart.</br></br> I loved the characterization in this novel. Lissa felt very real, and as the novel progressed, she evolved and deepened as a character. Her boyfriend Randy puts her through a lot of intense situations, and I was really happy when they broke up (though at the time, my heart broke for her due to how this occurred). I loved, loved, LOVED Cash, and was so happy whenever Lissa was in a scene with him. He was such a good guy and just what Lissa needed after being with an idiot like Randy for so long. Cash's backstory is also thoroughly explored and makes a reader yearn in the same way Stephanie Perkins did when exploring &#201;tienne and the workings of his mind when writing ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Just like with ANNA, SHUT OUT is a contemporary novel that I liked more than I thought I would and I found myself flipping back to certain passages because they just sat with me after the book's conclusion. While outwardly light and fun, SHUT OUT does encounter serious topics that aren't outwardly visible to the naked eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't what I expected. I liked the characters. The mixture of sexual activity and non experience was good. Nice flowing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first page of the sample. That was enough. Opens with her naked in the back seat of her boyfriends car. Really...this is what's considered reading for young readers. I don't think so. Not my daughter!!
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After reading The DUFF, I was in love with Kody Keplinger's style of writing. It's one of those things where you know it isn't a 'one hit wonder' kind of situation. This is an author who can take any story and turn it into an epic story that not only touches you but also makes you laugh a lot. So, long story short, I absolutely had to get this book. Lissa's idea to get this rivalry between the teams to end was pretty great. It brought out the best and worst in everyone, not to mention showed people for who they really are. Not just the boys, but also the girls. I don't know what it was, but I just did not like Randy from the start. It made me wonder why someone as sweet as Lissa would be with such a jerk. Since he's such an idiot, it doesn't take long for him to do something stupid. In the meantime, Lissa is shelving books at the library with the assistance of Cash. Now, Cash... let me tell you right now, this guy is awesome. He has this genuine sweetness to him, and he actually has deep thoughts. It's hard for Lissa to resist his charm (heck, it would be hard for ME to resist his charm). It was very swoon-y. This quote pretty much says it all: ~~~I didn't have that kind of fight in me.~~~ For Lissa, caving in to this is like giving up on her cause, not to mention giving up control over a situation. It's hard for her to let go of control and let something else or someone else take over. This aspect of her personality was one I especially liked. She needed to grow from this because: ~~~You can't control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.~~~ Shut Out was brilliant. Just plain brilliant. This premise is very amusing in itself, but the way it was developed was in the best way possible. As I mentioned above, the way Kody Keplinger writes makes the story great. She isn't afraid to just tell it like it is, not only life lessons, but also she has this way of turning a phrase that makes you laugh out loud. If you haven't read Kody Keplinger yet, I strongly suggest that you do. Go get one of her books. Now. My Rating: Exceptional
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