[September 5, 2011]
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.
Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.
I. Freaking. LOVED. This book.
So, lemme set the scene. It's late July. New York's experiencing record breaking high temperatures. My 7-year-old brother's just called me an asshole and been removed from the pool. I now float in said pool with Shut Out in hand, enjoying a 100+ degree day while sunshine and an 85 degree pool surround me. I stayed out there and read over 100 pages and was sweating insanely before I realize that MAYBE I should put the book down and go inside. I kept telling myself one more chapter until I really just COULD NOT be outside anymore...or at least outside while not in the water.
Lissa and the other girls and all the boys were all perfectly flawed and human. They were real girls that I could see myself being friends with. Some were honest and unapologetic while others were shy and modest and almost all the girls had their own secret about their sex lives. And this lead me to think about all these labels thrown on girls and the expectations people have of us and how easy it is to judge based on rumors and assumptions and just...so much.
We don't get to see as much of the boys as we do the girls. I loved how Randy and Cash were handled. It was a tricky situation with lots of history and side aspects and the way it was written was just...it was perfect. Truly. And Cash...oh how I loved that boy.
From the story I gave above, this book is obviously addicting. The writing kept me captivated and it never really lulled for me and the characters were perfectly complex and flawed.
As much as I loved The Duff, I think Kody's skills have grown infinitely. I was able to find downfalls in The Duff despite my love, but I can't find any here. Maybe it's not appropriate for the younger crowd but otherwise it's just another wonderfully written, thought provoking work from Kody Keplinger and you kind of need this. Kody is definitely an insta-buy for me.