Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger


Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 5th June 2014

Tell Me About It
The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

Sick of the rivalry between their boyfriends' American football and soccer teams, Lissa and her friends are determined that the boys won't see any action from them until they put an end to their immature pranks.

But Lissa hasn't counted on a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first.
My Thoughts
I am quite new to reading Kody's books, but after finishing A Midsummer's Nightmare I knew I had to read Shut Out when it came up for review. The synopsis of this book sounded like this would be a fun read, and I couldn't wait to make a start on this one.
Lissa plans the sex strike for various reasons, the bickering between the sports teams that is now physically harming people, her boyfriend can quickly forget about her when he is pranked by soccer team, she also feels used, like he is only there to scratch an itch and then leaves her for football related things, or getting even with soccer players. All of these reasons slowly piled up, and fed up with it all Lissa gets a few girls together who have boyfriends in both teams, and shares her idea.

Shut Out was a quick, but entertaining read. I love the tactics used by both the boys and the girls to keep the pack going, or in the boys case, to end it. When the boys carried out their plans I admit to actually laughing out loud at what they did, but the second one also made me try to remember if I actually still have that song.
One character that always had me smiling was Chloe, Lissa's best friend. She is hilarious and I love how she wasn't afraid to speak her mind, she is far more outgoing than Lissa, and these personality traits make Lissa and Chloe a great team.

Shut Out was what I expected, but also not what I expected. I really like how the strike started out as a way to stop the teams feuding, but it also led to a lot more. The boys finally learning what their girlfriend means to them, Lissa seeing what her boyfriend was really like (I think it was very cruel and uncalled for what her does), but it also brings the girls closer together and lets them share their feelings and private matters, finally seeing eye to eye with others, and realising what they are feeling may be the same as others, or may be different, but that it doesn't make them strange or odd. They end up forming a real comradery with each other, which eventually overlaps to their boyfriends.

Shut Out is more than a war between teams, its also about standing up for what you believe in, finding out who you are, but also learning that your enemy isn't always the enemy you think they are.

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