Shut Out

Shut Out

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The battle of the sexes is on. 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 273 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Poppy Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0316175560
  • 9780316175562
  • 198,312

About Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, "The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), "during her senior year of high school. "The DUFF "was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a "Romantic Times "Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, "Shut Out "and "A Midsummer's Nightmare," ""and a middle grade novel, "The Swift Boys & Me." She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.show more

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24,048 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (7,949)
3 28% (6,738)
2 8% (2,029)
1 2% (592)

Our customer reviews

Lissa is furious and feels neglected by her boyfriend. An old school rivalry between soccer and football team seems to eat up more and more time that could've been spend on their relationship. And for what? Stupid pranks and silly laughs. Now she decides to convince her friends to put their boys on a hookup withdrawal. It wasn't hard to dislike Lissa's boyfriend anyways. Sex is a present topic in SHUT OUT, too, and Randy wasn't as patient and understanding of her needs as I hoped. Cash though, the leader of the boy's team, was to my like and ensures various sexy and playful romantic scenes. Sports make up a dominant part of SHUT OUT. Sport is war. The competition that ideally only exists on the playing field, has transferred to school routine. And Kody definitely did a good job making it an ever present element in the story. The whole concept of SHUT OUT is partly based on an ancient Greek myth of great war and great ingenuity. So witty of Kody to include it in her new novel. I hadn't known about it before and was delighted to add it to my stock of knowledge. SHOUT OUT is yet another story by Kody about girl power. And I am very into that female unity and feeling of integrity she communicates. In the end Lissa and her friends are rewarded for their persistence in the war of sexes. SHUT OUT is about learning how to listen to your inner voice and stand up for your own believes. Set in high school, Kody Keplinger addresses all the turbulent events and dazzling emotions every teenager could encounter at some point during this important time. I have a feeling that she knows exactly what young readers want to read about. Her writing is funny and quirky, which makes it an easy task to read through her books in only a few hours. THE VERDICT SHUT OUT - A kickass read with girl power, sizzling chemistry and a battle of the sexes! Kody Keplinger belongs to my favourite YA contemporary authors. She has the talent to write books that all carry a certain feel-good vibe. Just like her previous novel, THE DUFF, SHUT OUT is a lot of fun yet deals with contentious issues.show more
by MissPageTurner
I devoured THE DUFF like a cream puff, and naturally I pounced on Kody Keplinger's sophomore release SHUT OUT with glee. The cover may remind me of those beauty makeover books or facial wash commercials, but I definitely would welcome SHUT OUT to make itself a home on my bookshelf because I adored it! THE GOOD BITS {Cash + Lissa sitting in a tree...} With a more-than-dreamy library scene that made this bookworm sigh contentedly, Lissa and Cash totally aced their chemistry test in the romance department! I loved how Kody Keplinger strung the reader along with tasty flashback tidbits that never fully revealed what Cash was thinking. These two were awfully adorable - and they may possibly have earned a spot on my all-time favorite YA couples. {Girls just wanna have fun.} This book was pure fun - and I loved all the different girl personalities that joined forces against the boys. I could relate to their complaints about being overlooked by the boys. Who has not been in a similar situation - passed over for a football game, video game marathon, etc? SHUT OUT had an interesting premise, and while the topic of teenagers having sex may be taboo, I think Kody Keplinger makes some excellent points that perhaps someone needs to be talking about it. The girls had varying levels of experience, but all had doubts and questions that felt too embarrassing to share. However, the "battle" brought them together in a way that they had honest discussions. THE BAD BITS {Delayed battle.} The battle of the sexes started off mostly one-sided with the boys in the dark about the girls' intentions and, once they found out, did not really believe the girls would pull it off. When the football and soccer boys get their act together in the second half of the book, there were a few skirmishes - but nothing to write home about. I guess I expected more head-butting and cheek-slapping, but overall the story was still pretty enjoyable. THE OVERALL Irreverent, funny, honest, and a shout-out to all library-lovers and star-gazers out there, SHUT OUT is definitely a rock-my-socks favorite! Once again, the main character is one tough Twinkie, and the love interest has the same insufferable adorability as Logan Echols (altough a hundred times more good-hearted). I suggest, dear Readers, to clear your sleep schedule because SHUT OUT will be worth the all-nighter!show more
by theEPICrat
The battle of the sexes is on, sprinkled with female empowerment, this is a great read for mature teens who can handle sex being talked about openly and frankly. I really enjoyed The Duff and Shut Out left me with many of the same feelings. There were laugh out loud moments, others that made you think, and still others that were just downright HOT. Keplinger really nails characters--they are not perfect--they are who you would find in real life, which means that they are easy to connect to and relate with. This book talks so casually about teenage sex, and on one hand that worries me because teens are so bombarded with it, and at certain parts it makes it seem like boys can't live without it, and absolutely everyone is having it. But I really appreciate when people start opening up, and there are some that haven't had it and are still in happy relationships. If you liked The Duff, or the premise sounds like something you'd like, then I recommend giving it a try.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Find Full Review at http://www.readingangel.com/2011/08/shut-out-by-kody-keplinger-review.html Kody Keplinger blew me away with her debut novel The DUFF, so I went into Shut Out with the hopes that she could pull out something even half as good. Shut Out was definitely that, I would say that I loved it almost as much, and that is saying something. I was hooked from page one of Shut Out, and devoured it in one sitting.show more
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