Shut Out – Kody Keplinger

Shut Out - Kody Keplinger “There is nothing more humiliating than being topless in the backseat of your boyfriend’s car when someone decides to throw an egg at the windshield. 

Wait. Scratch that. 

Having your boyfriend jump off you, climb out of the car and chase after the guy, completely forgetting that you’re still half-naked – that trumps it.”

Lissa is sick of the rivalry that is rife between the football players and the soccer players at Hamilton High. She is sick of being forgotten by boyfriend Randy whenever theres a scheme in play between the teams and all the girlfriends want it to stop. So Lissa rallies them together and calls for a sex strike. The boys don’t get any action until the two teams make their peace; what none of them expect is the girls-against-boys rivalry that then picks up pace, and Lissa herself finds it harder to compete than she ever expected to. 

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This was my third Kody Keplinger, having read and loved both The Duff and A Midsummer’s Nightmare. Unfortunately, it was also my least favourite, taking me forever to read and really not hitting any of the high points that the other books did.

The book really actually annoyed me so this review will be short and not so sweet I’m afraid. I disliked the main character, hated her boyfriend, didn’t like the love-triangle and thought that whilst the story did a brilliant job of showing the differing attitudes towards sex and making a point of the fact that people shouldn’t be made fun of for the way they approach sex, it really didn’t hit the nail on the head as much as I had hoped.

I am a massive fan of people having their own approach to sex. I think its ridiculous that a girl is called a whore or slut for sleeping with, or even flirting with, a lot of guys  – especially as its never the same for guys who do the same to lots of girls. And that really stuck out in this book so I liked that. But it didn’t go far enough. All the girls kind of realised that it wasn’t right to take the piss out of others for their approach to sex and found out that really it isn’t as big a deal as they think it is if their opinion is different to others’ but it was then kinda forgotten about and I got bored with the story unfortunately.

I think the only character I actually liked the Lissa’s best friend Chloe because she was the one who I identified with the most, but even then I didn’t love her and all the other character just kinda bugged me. I very much doubt this will be on my recommendation pile at any point in the future but it hasn’t put me off the author and I’m hoping the next book I read by her will grab me like the other two did.

Shut Out was published by Hodder Children’s Books in June 2014. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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