Shut Out

10757771Shut Out. Kody Keplinger. Young Adult/Contemporary. 273 pages. 2011. 2 stars.

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.


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.


I notice that most YA contemporary “fluffy” reads follow a certain pattern in terms of plot. I promise you, about 70% YA contemporary fluff romance books have this plot line, and this book was no exception.

I’m not gonna lie, this book was ridiculous, BUT the whole hookup strike thing was also pretty damn hilarious. However, it’s hard to look past the dramatics of the book. Sometimes, it really just felt like some of the happenings weren’t realistic.

I just feel like there are better contemporary books out there. This was interesting, but I’ve read books like this before. The whole retelling of Lysistrata was cool, but the characterisations and plot lines are just too common!!

I feel a little bad for being harsh about this book, but I’ve just read so many of the same contemporary books. I just want something unique!! I seriously hope that you enjoy this more than I do, because I really wish I did!

2 stars.


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