Review Time! Shut Out is the second book by Kody Keplinger who wrote The DUFF ( which is one of my favourite books all time!). This is a "just because" review so I don't need to review it, it wasn't sent to me from publishers but I WANT to review it! Thanks to Lillie @ Read My Mind who gifted me with an ARC! ( Honestly, she's one nice blogger!)
(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.
The Short Story? - I wouldn't have expected anything less from Keplinger! Another amazing rom-com that will surely keep you up til the wee hours of morning! Beautifully written, funny, witty and realistic Shut Out is what every teen needs to read! What's better than an old-fashioned boy vs. girl rivalry? For fans of Stephanie Perkins, Keplinger is going to be your new best friend!
The Long Story? - I love Keplinger because her books always holds content that's relevant to the lives of growing teens. Sexuality, friendships, boys - it's realistic fiction, yet it's very very funny! I've always liked the idea of Boy vs. Girl - which is the dominate sex? DUN DUN DUN. The plot of Shut Out was very funny and clever. The concept of ending a rivalry with a sex strike but backfires turning it into a Boy vs. Girl rivalry? Pure Entertainment! Not to mention the great romance, the sizzling chemistry between Cash and Lissa had me hooked. Well-written and infused with humour, Shut Out is definitely a novel you wouldn't want to miss!
I still looking for a book with a protagonist called Lisa. Lissa ( short for Melissa) is close but not CLOSE ENOUGH! I want to be special like all the Jessicas and Laurens out there! Anyway I really liked Lissa. Really she works at the library, cares for her family and friends and she's nice and sweet! What's not to love? What more is that she's level-headed and she thinks before she acts and she doesn't drop everything for a boy! Very likable character! Randy...your typical cliched footballer. Cash - gorgeous. It's a sort-of love triangle because Lissa is with Randy but she loves Cash? So I wouldn't really consider it as a love triangle! Great cast, loved all the girls ( and the boys too)!
I'll finish off by saying - Shut Out was brilliant! Filled with romance, wit and humour, I was hooked from the first page! Kody Keplinger is a brilliant writer with a fantastic YA voice, I can't wait to see what she has install for us next! Highly entertaining, I would definitely ditch Friday nights to stay in and read this! Shut Out is a novel about a rivalry gone wrong. Amazing!
Rating - 5/5
Badass Bookie xx