Sunday, September 4, 2011
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
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.
In Kody Keplinger's new novel Shut Out, which is about rivalry between two teams of the same schools: football and soccer. I started this yesterday, and I was already 100 + pages in. It was different than other books I read. Each character had their own reason to want to end this rivalry between the two teams. Lissa the main character felt like she wasn't number one with her boyfriend Randy, who is a douche in my book after all the things he did to Lissa.Like in Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, Lissa comes up with a plan to without any sex from the boys until they stop fighting against each other. The plot was one of the things that draws you into reading. Some of the scenes were funny, when the boys go the the girls houses.
Cash Sterling.... one word- HOT, he is every girls dream boy! I felt like I was in love with him during some point of the novel! His character was very important in the process of this rivalry. He is on the soccer team, but he is one of the good guys, no flaws or anything. He is Lissa puzzle piece. I just loved him throughout the whole novel. from the first time he sat with Lissa at a party you knew he was her match (not Randy) they have lots in common, and even he was wanting for the perfect girl to be with, which made my heart flutter. It was adorable how they interacted with each other.
Randy- he was a jerk to Lissa, and didn't treat the way Cash does. He only cared about himself, and what he did at homecoming was no excuse! He had his moments but that was it. Lissa's family also is important to mention because they are also there to help her during some of these crazy moments during her high school experience. Her brother and father are there to support her, even after what happened to her mother.
The ending was pretty self explanatory, and it was a great ending that hopefully these characters will be happy with one another. Overall a great read, with some great moments of laughter. Lissa's friends are always there for her, Cash is just yum, I just loved the telling of battle of the sexes, it is a must reads in my books!