Shut Out

Shut Out

by Kody Keplinger

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Overview

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.

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: 180,905
File size: 685 KB
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About 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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 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
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!!
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.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Retelling the Lysistrata? Genius. There were definitely a couple of problems with this book, however. The main character kind of annoyed me with her little habits (it wasn't annoying that she had them, it was annoying how it played in the book. Almost like the author had a little buzzer next to her at all times. "Oh, it's been 45 minutes since I had her do something OCD! Time to throw another mention in there!"). The whole subplot with the brother seemed really pointless, as did the tragic (was it tragic? It didn't seem like it in the book) of her mother. The slumber parties, though, were awesome. You really felt like you were there with the rest of the girls and you just wanted to spill your guts. This book seems like a great conversation starter and I wish I had read it when I was a teenager. One review mentioned that they never talk about safe sex in this book, which they didn't, but this book does a great job at delving into the deeper issues associated with being young and.... lustful. Have sex or not have sex? Like it or not like it? Talk about it or not talk about it? Like I said, I see it really making girls think and starting some great conversations!
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Kody Keplinger¿s debut novel The DUFF and loved it! Of course when I found out about her sophomore novel Shut Out, it was a no-brainer¿ I had to read it! I think I may have said in my review of The DUFF some of the same things I may be saying now. Kody Keplinger writes teens in a very real way. I remember being in similar situations as some characters in Shut Out, which at least proves to me, that the characters in Shut Out have realistic feelings and put themselves in realistic decision making situations. Kody touches on subjects regarding teens and sex. She shows teenagers (and adults) to not be ashamed by how you feel in regards to sex and we all shouldn¿t try and force ourselves to fit into a mold. She also tackles stereotypes with males and females in regards to sex. Lissa in Shut Out has other problems besides sex and boys to deal with. Her mother passed away five years prior and she also deals with has some obsessive compulsive tendencies. Her mother passing away has shaped many things in Lissa¿s life since then; you get to see how she notices these things and eventually tries to overcome them. I was engrossed in Shut Out. I easily finished it in one day. I love those books you enjoy reading and are finished with rather easily! Kody Keplinger approaches the topic of sex and teens in a way I like seeing in young adult books.
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well Cash Sterling is officially my Fictional Guy Crush of the Week. There should be an award for that. If there was, I'd vote for Cash. I adore him. I just wanna cover him in something sweet and lick it off. That being said, I will tell you that he was the biggest highlight of a book that while cute, sweet, and oftentimes funny, is not one of my favorites. In fact, I finished this a few weeks ago and, aside from my deep love for Cash, I'm having trouble remembering what I felt about it. Bear in mind that this is in no way a reflection on the writing ability of the author. I haven't read DUFF, Kody Keplinger's debut novel, but I can tell you from Shut Out that she is a phenomenal talent. I just don't know if I cared for Lissa. She was bossy, neurotic, and decided to use sex as a weapon. I can't say I blame her. Her boyfriend was a jerk. I knew this despite the number of times she tried to convince me that he was a nice guy. Her control issues were at times overwhelming and made me want to scream at her. But none of this deterred me from flipping through the pages at a rapid pace. I couldn't put it down. It's written that well. So, I guess the bottom line is that while I failed to connect with Lissa, I still connected with the story line. I still laughed my way through and wanted to see her end up with Cash in the end. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy a good romantic comedy for teens. Fair warning--there is talk of sex and a few steamy scenes involving Cash, but you should know this from the synopsis. It's the basis for the whole plot. *ARC received via Goodreads First Reads.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shut Out is a cute, funny contemporary read with a surprising amount of substance. Of course, Kody Keplinger¿s debut novel, The DUFF, was similar in that respect, so I shouldn¿t have expected any less. Shut Out calls out boys on the double entendre, discusses whether or not it¿s okay to think about or participate in sex, and navigates the gray area of women using their wiles to manipulate men. What a doozy! Keplinger manages to keep Shut Out addicting and hilarious while simultaneously giving her readers things to really think about.Lissa, a somewhat anal-retentive feminist, is a fantastic protagonist. She¿s driven and confident, yet still deeply flawed. Unlike some characters, Lissa doesn¿t overcome all of her flaws; she accepts some of them as parts of herself. This really makes her a believable and likable heroine.Another character of note is Cash, who sometimes serves as a sort of temptation while Lissa is taking part in the strike. He¿s well-read and intelligent, but he¿s also funny and so, so attractive. Despite his corny name (seriously, ¿Cash¿? I can¿t help but think of wads of bills), Cash is actually a really interesting character. It¿s easy to like him and enjoy what he does to Lissa (namely, make her frustrated, but he also helps her accept herself and make good choices).One of the greatest things about Kody Keplinger¿s books is that in them, she isn¿t afraid to push boundaries. Some serious stuff goes down in Shut Out, and Keplinger writes all her ¿questionable¿ topics and scenes with finesse. There is no ¿fade to black¿ in Shut Out, but Keplinger doesn¿t turn her book into a bodice-ripper, either. She keeps things real, which is a really respectable thing.If you¿re a fan of realistic fiction, Shut Out is a novel not to be missed. It¿s poignant, hilarious, addicting, and overall just plain awesome. I look forward to reading more from Kody Keplinger; she¿s definitely a voice to watch!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the books that makes me smile when it comes to women. Taking power in what we have. Now, I can tell you right off the bat that this book is not recommend for younger teens. There are mature issues in it. (Sex, not told, just implied) But anyways, besides that, I thought this book really hit the spot on that we women have the power the change things we if really put our mind to it.What I loved about this book is the plot line. Ms. Keplinger did an amazing job capturing the teens voices when it comes to the issues at hand. I like that the characters, even the minor ones, played such a big role in the change that is coming. I like how the young ladies gathered together, made plans, and stuck to it. It showed how mature and smart they were.The main character, Lissa is one tough smart cookie. I loved her willingness to help not only herself but others as well. I like that she is great leader and made excellent points. Cause when a man let things go to his head, you have to show them that you have options. That is what these girls do. They give them ultimatums. And this part just made me giddy and happy. Girl power!The love interest caught my by surprise! At first I thought she really loves this guy and then another swoops on in. I love how the other guy slowly crept his way into Lissa heart. I loved how kind and gentle he was.If you want a funny, girl power book read this! I loved reading it cause it gave such power to women. Though it may be in the way that you expect. It just goes to show that women can do anything if we put our mind to it.
SusieBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lissa is sick of the rivalry between the football and soccer teams at her school. It's lasted for years, kids are starting to get hurt, and it's interfering with her relationship with her quarterback boyfriend, Randy. So Lissa decides to do something about it. She and all the other athletes' girlfriends decide to withhold the one thing the boys can't get without them - sex. But they don't count on the boys-versus-girls showdown that ensues, running deeper than just a silly team rivalry, nor does Lissa expect the sexual tension that will crop up between her and the leader of the guys, Cash Sterling.The first half of Shut Out was pretty mediocre. I enjoyed reading it, the pages went by fast, but the characters and plot seemed stereotypical for the most part. Sure, Lissa has some unexpected characterizations - rather than being a preppy cheerleader, she's a control-freak, OCD bibliophile - but Randy is the average dumb jock. I had problems seeing how their relationship lasted, much less why control-freak Lissa would consent to doing certain things with him. Well, mysteries began to be explained by the middle of the novel.Several surprises came out of the text past about the mid-way point. The weirdness of Randy and Lissa's relationship came out, a new, less stereotypical guy entered the picture, and Keplinger added some new meaning to the book. Rather than be all about high school rivalries and sexual tension, the novel begins to explore gender relations and what's "normal" for teen sexual activity - no sex? Enjoying it? Participating but not enjoying it? In this way, Shut Out becomes a great novel for older teens who are wondering about sexuality and unsure about what feelings and drives are normal for their age.Content: Despite being about a sex strike, there's no content that I considered explicit. Sexual situations and discussions are present, of course, but there's nothing my mother would be mad about me reading as an older (15/16+) teenager.
jjameli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am huge fan of Kody Keplinger's debut novel The Duff, so obviously I was dying to read Shut Out. Shut Out is not as great as The Duff but it is still a good read.Just like her debut, Shut Out is a young adult read that is cutting edge with all the sex talk and language. Beware of that if you are not a fan of edgy ya books. It doesn't bother me a bit, but I know for some it does. In Shut Out the girls shut out the boys from sexual acts and everything in between until they can resolve their feud. The feud is between the soccer players and football players. I guess the girls are getting them where it hurts. Main protagonist Lissa is fed up with her boyfriend, quarterback Randy putting the feud before her, and decides enough is enough. She gathers all the girlfriends of the football players and soccer players and proposes the sex shut out. What she didn't plan on was Cash (soccer player) leading the boys in this shut out, or that she would find herself attractive to him. I liked Cash and Lissa. Cash was a little mysterious to me, and I enjoyed finding out more about him. At times Lissa did grate on my nerves, but I will chalk it up to our age difference..lol! It was predictable, but still enjoyable.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed THE DUFF, despite my minor concerns that sometimes, the language and characters felt a bit young, but it bothered me a lot more in SHUT OUT. I never connected with any of the characters--in fact, found myself rolling my eyes every other page--and that's when I knew that it would be more of a chore to finish this book than a joy. Situations and encounters between important characters felt forced. And that's never a good sign for me.
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! The young and (obviously) amazingly talented Kody Keplinger has really struck again with Shut Out! Once again, Kody has created an amazing story and really portrayed teenaged life in a realistic light. As a teenager myself, being able to read a book that perfectly captures what it is like to be this age is really special.Lissa, the main character, was definitely a character that I really liked and connected too. One of the many things that I liked about her was the fact that she really wanted her relationship to be about more than just physical contact and sex She wanted it to be about making the other feel loved and special. I liked how she didn't just have sex with her boyfriend just because he wanted her to and was pressuring her about it, but that she was waiting until the time felt right for her. I think that this is a good message to be sending out to teenagers; that you should wait until you are truly ready to have sex and not just because you feel like you have to or that it's what everyone else is doing. I also loved the fact that Lissa was so caring. Her parents were in an accident that killed her mother and that caused her father to spend his life in a wheelchair, and I liked that Lissa really steps up and does so much to take care of her father and brother. As well as having so many wonderful traits, Lissa definitely had some problems, but I was really impressed with how well she dealt with them and worked through with them. As a whole, I think that Lissa was a great character!Another character that I really, really liked was Lissa's best friend Chloe. I was a little bit unsure about Chloe at the beginning of the book, but I came to love her almost immediately! She is known at her school for being the promiscuous girl and it was really sad how the other girls judged her and hated her because of it, but what I liked about Chloe was the fact that what others thought about her didn't stop her from being herself. I also liked that she stood up for herself! As the book progressed, I found Chloe to be really smart and such a great friend to Lissa. I think that she was such a great best friend and awesome character to read about!Cash! I loved Cash and thought that he was such a cutie! He is also known as Mr. Unattainable because he isn't the type of guy who dates a lot, if any, girls even though he's a guy that a lot of girls want. I think that Cash was such a good, sweet hearted and smart guy and that way that he acted around Lissa was beyond adorable. I have nothing bad to say about him!One of the many things that I really love about Kody's books is that they really teach you something about life. I felt like Shut Out taught us about waiting until we're ready before we have sex, as well as to not let what others think of us control who we are, but that we should just be ourselves, no matter what people think of us. I think that these are both great messages! I also love the fact that Kody gets these messages by through such fun, hilarious and sweet books!I really love Kody Keplinger and think that she is beyond talented! I love how well she writes and that she can capture teenaged life on paper like no other author I've ever read! I'm really looking forward to reading more of her books in the future!I really loved this book and think that it's one that should definitely be read! The only thing that I have to say is that this book does involve a lot of sexual content and cursing, but if you are unbothered by that, then go pick this one up! I really don't think that you will be disappointed!
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a light and funny read, easy to enjoy in fact. I read it in one single night because, besides having a lot of free time the book really engaged me and kept me turning pages non stop.So, this is the deal: Lissa is sick of being interrupted every single time she and her boyfriend Randy are making out because, let's face it, we girs don't like to be second in anything... specially if we are half naked and your boyfriend instead of ignoring the idiots that, most likely ran away already, goes after them...Wouldn't you be tired of something like that?! I'm sure I would be... And this is when Lisa takes a huge decision: she is going to convince the other girls to stop having sex with their athletics and yummy boyfriends until the silly rivalry stops.The only thing is: how is she going to convince the other girls to do so?! I mean, like her best friend pointed out, they are young people full of hormones, right? And of course, when she proposed her idea most of the girls said something like "are you nuts?!" But this is the funny and cool part about this book, these girls who were also sick of the rivalry between the teams had a secret: sexuality wasn't easy. Some of them were ashamed about being still virgins, some enjoyed sex too much, some didn't enjoy it at all and some were simply clueless about it.Anyway, everything comes with ups and downs and Lissa was about to discover a huge down... But when a door closes a window is open (I wonder if that makes sense at all in English... I assure you it does in Spanish xD) and in this case this window turns out to be Cash, a hot, HOT, HOT guy who had a past with Lissa and decides to take the roll of leader when the teams discover the girl's plan.In a personal note most of you know I love Greek mythology and for this book the author's inspiration was "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, have you read it? Because it's a very interesting way to discover how they used to live.Oops, sorry, going back to the book now^^U The relationships forged in this book, the relationships that are broken, the background story of the main characters and the amazing way the secondary characters are not forgotten is awesome. And yes, the tension between Cash and Lissa is priceless... Everything that Cash did made me smile, made me laugh and made me like him little by little.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though I do own Kody Keplinger's debut, The D.U.F.F., Shut Out is the first book that I have read by her. Having said that, I went in with very little knowledge on the author (other than knowing people sing their praises for her debut) but finished the book with much respect for the author.I like Lissa as a main character because she's very easy to relate to, yet there was something there that held me back from absolutely falling in love with her. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, though I'm pretty sure that it has to do with something that can't be mentioned anyway because it would be slightly spoiler-ish. She has the right idea in the book though and she executes it seemingly well with the help of some of the other female characters. I actually kind of like all of the girls that was part of the group in the book because they do develop a sense of camaraderie throughout this whole debacle that they've put themselves into when they normally would probably never get along. It was... sweet. I'm also probably going to be one of the only girls to review this book and say this, but I really don't think that Randy was as bad as Lissa made him out to be. She did break promises to him and any normal guy would be a little ticked, even though those promises should have never been made in the first place. Cash is obviously very swoon-worthy, so there's no need to spend unnecessary time singing his praises - just trust me when I say he's a great character.While I normally cringe at books that have themes like female empowerment, this book was sprinkled with just enough to where you know it's there but it's not completely extreme nor overwhelming. I'll also be honest and say that I expected to see more dealing with the strike itself... or at least, I wanted to see more that dealt with the strike and the battle that followed.Overall, this was a great read that deals with real life issues not always touched on in the Young Adult genre. Although it's loosely based on a Greek play, it most definitely stands strong with its own plot and voice. If you like a good YA Contemporary read, you'll want to pick up Keplinger's Shut Out.
MesaSagacityQuest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who doesn¿t love to read about battle of sexes? I loved Kody¿s debut novel The DUFF. So I waited anxiously for her second book to come out and I was so happy when I got my hands on a copy. SHUT OUT is a wonderful story told in the fresh voices of Lissa. I absolutely loved the take on Battle of Sexes. I loved the main character Lissa; she¿s fantastic, likeable, neurotic and bossy character. I really enjoyed reading this book. I also liked Cash (I really like the name.) I liked that Kody brought up guys choosing football or in this book rivalry over their girlfriends. It¿s realistic! It happens in real life; husbands choosing sport over their wives, boyfriends choosing sports over their girlfriends. The one thing that really irked me about Lissa was why she even bothered with Randy at all; he was a complete jerk. The plot of this book might be the same as The Duff but it have different concept than The Duff. It was my second time reading about battle of sexes and its good lesson. While reading this book, I can¿t help comparing the characters of The Duff, Bianca, and Lissa. It was really interesting to me because it felt like two different authors wrote those two characters, in my opinion. That¿s how much different the characters are. I liked the ending but I wanted the books to have more in depth battle of sexes not just Lissa not wanting Cash to win because of her emotions/feelings for him. The cover is just pretty. Overall, Kody did an amazing job and I would be reading more of her work. I recommend this book for everyone.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I devoured THE DUFF like a cream puff, and naturally I pounced on Kody Keplinger¿s sophomore release SHUT OUT with glee. The cover may remind me of those beauty makeover books or facial wash commercials, but I definitely would welcome SHUT OUT to make itself a home on my bookshelf because I adored it!THE GOOD BITS{Cash + Lissa sitting in a tree¿} With a more-than-dreamy library scene that made this bookworm sigh contentedly, Lissa and Cash totally aced their chemistry test in the romance department! I loved how Kody Keplinger strung the reader along with tasty flashback tidbits that never fully revealed what Cash was thinking. These two were awfully adorable ¿ and they may possibly have earned a spot on my all-time favorite YA couples.{Girls just wanna have fun.} This book was pure fun ¿ and I loved all the different girl personalities that joined forces against the boys. I could relate to their complaints about being overlooked by the boys. Who has not been in a similar situation ¿ passed over for a football game, video game marathon, etc? SHUT OUT had an interesting premise, and while the topic of teenagers having sex may be taboo, I think Kody Keplinger makes some excellent points that perhaps someone needs to be talking about it. The girls had varying levels of experience, but all had doubts and questions that felt too embarrassing to share. However, the ¿battle¿ brought them together in a way that they had honest discussions.THE BAD BITS{Delayed battle.} The battle of the sexes started off mostly one-sided with the boys in the dark about the girls¿ intentions and, once they found out, did not really believe the girls would pull it off. When the football and soccer boys get their act together in the second half of the book, there were a few skirmishes ¿ but nothing to write home about. I guess I expected more head-butting and cheek-slapping, but overall the story was still pretty enjoyable.THE OVERALLIrreverent, funny, honest, and a shout-out to all library-lovers and star-gazers out there, SHUT OUT is definitely a rock-my-socks favorite! Once again, the main character is one tough Twinkie, and the love interest has the same insufferable adorability as Logan Echols (altough a hundred times more good-hearted). I suggest, dear Readers, to clear your sleep schedule because SHUT OUT will be worth the all-nighter!