Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
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. 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.
Shut Out follows our main character, Lissa, as she tries to end the rivalry between her school’s soccer and football team.
For the most part, this book is cheesy. The romances, the whole strike idea, and many of the jokes made were cheesy in my opinion. One thing I did not enjoy was when the girls were gathered to come up with ideas to end the strike, it felt very childish. The same thing goes for all of the girl’s get-togethers. The rivalry between the school’s teams came off as childish to me as well. I am not sure if that is how the author intended things to be, but I was expecting more maturity since the majority of the characters are high school seniors.
Lissa was an enjoyable character for the most part. She was quite realistic and very sweet/caring. Sometimes I found her to be whiny and overdramatic, but that did not bother me too much. Lissa’s best friend Chloe is my favourite character. She is adorable and does not care what anyone thinks. The rest of the female characters in this book were all, for the most part, enjoyable.
Randy is one of the male characters in this book. He was very pushy, annoying, and rude. I did not enjoy his character very much. Cash, on the other hand is my favourite male character in this book. He is so sweet, kind, and caring!
Lossa’s father and brother played a smaller part in the story. Her father was hilarious. So it was nice to have him in the story. Her brother was a bit rude at timescale but also quite funny. All other side characters in the story, I just feel “meh” about.
My favourite part of this book is the feminism aspect. It did not play a huge role in the story, but it was there! The girls in this story were demanding equality and addressing unjust stereotypes. The way this book handled feminism made me love it so much more. If the feminism aspect was not present, I would have given this book a 2/5 star rating.
The book was a bit predictable as was the ending, but I did not mind how it ended, it was pretty cute. If you want a cheesy summer reading, give Shut Out by Kody Keplinger a try. Although I did not adore this book, I still have interest in reading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, maybe I will enjoy it more!
Happy reading and have a fantastic day!🌻