Shut Out

Type Her Shut Out by Kod Keplinger

Kindle Edition, Poppy, 289 pages
YA Contemporary

Read on September 20, 2011

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.

Pros:

– I want Cash as a book boyfriend! Bortaness! (Gay term for a hot guy)
– And Chloe for a best friend.
– The psychological war between boys and girls is a new plot to me. I don’t usually read that in YA contemporary.
– The girls used the sex-strike tactic against the boys. (I’m only aware of hunger-strike and transport-strike.)
– There’s character development.

Cons:

Lissa is not just suffering from an occassional control-freak neurosis. Her preoccupation with control and exaggerated fear of losing control is too much.
– It’s as if she has a full-blown Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.
– The “harana” scene was too cheesy. Eww. Imagine a group of tall, well-built soccer and football players singing N’sync’s Tearin’ Up My Heart. Is this Glee inspired? Panira ng pantasya ha.
Logan isn’t acting like what a big brother should be. Or probably because of Lissa’s domineering character, he came out as a pussy.

I would have given this 5 Stars but Lissa’s OC attitude was way too much and I think she needs to see a psychiatrist.

I finished this book in just 4 hours. I’m suppose to get some sleep for the rest of the afternoon the other day but I ended up reading. Anyway, this was a good breather from Mockingjay!

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

Other Reviews:
Lostinbelieving’s Blog
Early Nerd Special
Dark Faerie Tales

Blurb and Book Cover: Goodreads

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