Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: Shut Out

Shut Out

by Kody Keplinger
Release date: 5th September, 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 273 (Hardcover)

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Then 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. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling...

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

This was a light and funny read, easy to enjoy in fact. I read it in one single night because, besides having a lot of free time the book really engaged me and kept me turning pages non stop.

So, this is the deal: Lissa is sick of being interrupted every single time she and her boyfriend Randy are making out because, let's face it, we girs don't like to be second in anything... specially if we are half naked and your boyfriend instead of ignoring the idiots that, most likely ran away already, goes after them...

Wouldn't you be tired of something like that?! I'm sure I would be... And this is when Lisa takes a huge decision: she is going to convince the other girls to stop having sex with their athletics and yummy boyfriends until the silly rivalry stops.
The only thing is: how is she going to convince the other girls to do so?! I mean, like her best friend pointed out, they are young people full of hormones, right? And of course, when she proposed her idea most of the girls said something like "are you nuts?!" But this is the funny and cool part about this book, these girls who were also sick of the rivalry between the teams had a secret: sexuality wasn't easy. Some of them were ashamed about being still virgins, some enjoyed sex too much, some didn't enjoy it at all and some were simply clueless about it.

Anyway, everything comes with ups and downs and Lissa was about to discover a huge down... But when a door closes a window is open (I wonder if that makes sense at all in English... I assure you it does in Spanish xD) and in this case this window turns out to be Cash, a hot, HOT, HOT guy who had a past with Lissa and decides to take the roll of leader when the teams discover the girl's plan.

In a personal note most of you know I love Greek mythology and for this book the author's inspiration was "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, have you read it? Because it's a very interesting way to discover how they used to live.

Oops, sorry, going back to the book now^^U The relationships forged in this book, the relationships that are broken, the background story of the main characters and the amazing way the secondary characters are not forgotten is awesome. And yes, the tension between Cash and Lissa is priceless... Everything that Cash did made me smile, made me laugh and made me like him little by little.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. Great review! I've been meaning to read this one for a while now. I haven't read Lysistrata or even heard of it before, though. I didn't know this was inspired by it.

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  2. Thanks for your review. I've been wanting to read this author's books for awhile. Her DUFF is also on my TBR list. I also enjoy mythology and hadn't heard of Lysistrata.

  3. Thanks for a great review, i really enjoyed this book and now i'll have to look into the story of Lysistrata!


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