Michelle's Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

book cover Paperback: 273 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 5, 2011
ISBN: 9780316175562

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: no
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
Then 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. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling...

Michelle's Review:
I am officially a fan of Kody Keplinger. I loved her debut novel The Duff and I had high expectations for Shut Out and I wasn't disappointed. Lissa was very different from Bianca and while I missed Bianca's sarcastic, droll voice (though Lissa's best friend Chloe made up for that) I enjoyed Lissa's character as well. She did have anal-retentive qualities that might me a little too much at times but other than that she's a very relatable character nonetheless. Some of her thoughts about boys, I thought about in high school. Of course I fell in love with Cash (love his name... Cash Sterling). He was a popular and a jock and nice guy--I love that combination. My favorite scenes were ones with Lissa and Cash. They have plenty of swoon-worthy moments.

I have never heard of the Greek play Lysistrata before so I had to look it up but I think the author did a good job taking it and making it contemporary in a high school setting. The battle of the sexes premise was really fun. Like in The Duff, one of the big themes in the book was teenage sexuality and the double standards between boys and girls. It did feel a little preachy at times but I didn't really mind it.

If you're a fan of The Duff or is looking for a fun young adult contemporary that is just a feel-good read with lots of girl power and great boy drama yet, pick up Shut Out. You won't be disappointed.


  1. Have to admit, we're not big fans of the play Lysistrata, so we were a little hesitant about this one. But we too loved The DUFF, so maybe we'll pick this up after all. Thanks for the great review!

  2. I really enjoyed Shut Out and now I can't wait to go back and read Kody's first novel The DUFF.
    I do like the battle of the sexes and I agree with you that Cash Sterling is an awesome name. My favorite parts were the ones with Cash as well :)


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