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Saturday, September 10, 2011


Happy Saturday!  I spent the whole day reading another remarkable book by Kody Keplinger called SHUT OUT.  It was amazing!  Here's the book trailer:

Novel Description: 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.

My Review:
Kody has the ability to create characters that resonate with so many teens, and some adults who remember what it's like to be a teen.  Yes, the premise for this novel is so charming and funny, but what I loved most about it were the lessons that the characters learned along the way.  Lessons like it's okay for teens to talk about sex, if a guy breaks up with you because he can't get laid, then he doesn't deserve you.

In my opinion, adults are so wrapped up with the basics of sex when they talk to their children, they skip past the emotional issues surrounding have sex as teens.  This novel addresses that issue.  I loved that Kody had characters that not only were afraid to have sex, but she had characters who were unsure if they even liked it or liked it too much.  It was a well-rounded novel. 

Everyone should read this book!  It was light-hearted in some places, and heavy in others.  It made me think, feel, and laugh out loud.  It will definitely go into my Must-Read-Every-Year book stack along with another Keplinger classic, THE DUFF!

My Rating:


  1. Sounds really good! I don't usually read books like this, but it might be an exception! I'll make sure to check it out! (And thanks for stopping by my blog!)

  2. I loved this book! And you nailed it! It completely covers the emotions involved with sex. I, of course, was hooked with the whole soccer/football rivalry and the Shut Out.

    Great post!