YA Book Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

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From Barnes and Noble:

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.”

Review:

I’m going to start by saying what really makes this book special is how it approaches the topic of sex. I remember thinking that I wish I’d read this book when I was fifteen. The book is honest in a way few YA books dare to be, and I loved that.

As far as the characters are concerned, I wasn’t too crazy about them. I found Lissa to be fairly generic, and sometimes I got really annoyed with how much of a control freak she could be (to be fair, I’m just generally not a fan of that personality type). The story does give reasoning to why she is the way she is, but at times she was hard to root for. The leading man was also pretty generic. One thing I will say is that he was very respectful of women and I really did agree with his views on sex. The one character I did really like was Chloe. She felt very real, and I like that her enjoyment of sex wasn’t “justified” by other problems in her life. She likes sex because, well, she likes it. And she owns it. You go, Chloe. You go.

I want to point out that I did enjoy the unique plot. It could have become an unfortunate depiction of young adult sexual relationships, but it wasn’t. The plot was fairly addictive, and I finished easily finished the book in a day.

Overall: I didn’t love the characters, but the plot and the book’s unique take on sex make up for it. I would recommend it to a friend, especially one in high school, because IT HAS A GREAT MESSAGE!

Rating: 4/5

If you liked this, try Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally!

As always, I want to hear what you think! If you have something to say, please comment!

Neha 🙂

PS New Reviews every Wednesday!

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