Monday, September 12, 2011

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out

Good Read 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.

My Thoughts

So, I am not the biggest fan of The DUFF. Frankly, I felt that everything was too tidy with the why's and how's of every single moment spelled out in that one. Simply, it left little for me to think out. And this is precisely my problem with SHUT OUT. While the message(s) in this second book are positive ones of girls thinking, and being the boss of themselves and not being dictated/controlled by what other's think, it still felt incomplete to me. Yes, there's a lot of talk in it of teen sex issues, but that's all there was really: talk. So, yeah...

Things are not helped when there are some cringe-worthy crappy lines, take: "You amaze me, Lissa Daniels. Most girls would cave as soon as I gave them the puppy-dog look with these amazing eyes." Ugh. Seriously? It was truly a wonder to me to find out that they'd been together for a year (or was it more than a year?) How could she stand him? He's so full of himself, was such a horndog and could be so douchey. Really? He was almost as bad as the one in DUFF!

Now, Cash Sterling was slightly better (yes, that's even with his "romance-novel worthy name.") It is with him that she loosens up and melts a little him (although I did have issues with their inability ot communicate since it is this same issue that causes their problems.)  Add the fact, that I found everyone one else a bit cookie cutter (im)perfect. Consider the girl who isn't afraid of her sexuality; thus the school slut. Or the virginal girl who's afraid of sex. Or the girl with issues about control.

Not that there weren't moments that I enjoyed. It is about a sex boycott; a lot of it reads teen-comedy funny, so I will admit to there being surprise instances of me laughing out loud.


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