Friday, 14 October 2011

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out
by Kody Keplinger

Summary: 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
So here’s the thing about Kody Keplingers books: they’re really good. But I have got to stop listening to hype about her books because they always make the books seem like something they’re not, it happened with this and The Duff.

The book was fun, it was a fast read that I read in one sitting, but people make it seem like it was so much more than that. More than just a chick lit romance (and please note that I adore chick lit so I my calling it chick lit is complimentary, not an insult) but I just - don’t get that from her books.

It may be because I’m older and all of these epiphanies that characters have in her books, I’ve already been there and done that so the message is lost on me. This one seemed to be trying to make a point about our attitudes towards sex and the double standards that there are between guys and girls - and it does make its point but not in that way that some books can, where you’re left feeling changed by the book (or that your attitude has changed).

And I’m rambling about this more than I intended, but basically my point is that I really liked the book (and her other book) in the same way that I am addicted to the Simon Pulse Rom-Coms (you know the ones - used to have cringe worthy cartoon covers, really quick reads that left you smiling?). But not in the same way I love books by Jandy Nelson or John Green or Melina Marchetta or Stephen Chbosky, not in the way that gets under my skin and leaves a lingering impression on me even years later and if I was judging the book against them, against those books that bring something more to the table than just fun, then it pales in comparison.

This book - the main character annoyed quite often and so did aspects of the plot (it seemed to alternate between coming across as really mature or characters trying to act older than they are and some of the characters were a bit on the stereotypical side, particularly the boys), but in general, it was really cute and fun and Cash was lovely and he was probably the main reason I liked the book.

One thing I do really like about Kody's books is that she gets that her audience aren't babies who need to be sheltered from things like books with sex or talk of sex in them. I hate books that act as if teenagers can't handle reading about that stuff.

I really recommend Kody’s books, especially if you’re maybe 15-18 because maybe the book will tick that more box with you in the way it was just too late for with me but even if you’re older than that you might still enjoy the book in the way I did.


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