Book and Audiobook Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Posted 17 November, 2011 by Danny in Danny, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Shut Out
by Kody Keplinger (
published September 5th 2011 by Poppy
genre: YA contemporary
amazon (Kindle, Hardcover)
unabridged audioboook at audible
synopsis 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…

Kody Keplingers THE DUFF was one of my most favorite books last year. It actually made me aware that  there are so awesome contemporary YA books out there that are both entertaining and absolutely fantastic! So, when I heard she’s going to write another book I knew I have to read it asap!

High School, Sports and Rivalry 

Sounds like a pretty normal situation easily to be found at many other schools too. Yet, here the boys fight within the school! Football against Soccer – not fun! Especially since this whole fight also affects the girls and some friendships broke just because the girls dated boys from the different teams.
One day Lissa decides to do something against this and she leads all the girls into a Sex Strike! Well, first this sounds like a good plan but then… things went downhill pretty fast!

Lissa, our lovely, strong heroine and leader with .. 

Lissa is a wonderful character! Strong determined but at the same time she’s a horrible control freak and also very insecure when looking inside of her. Yet, Lissa stands up and tries to be a leader to the girls! She seemed very real and also a very genuine character that never was portrayed over the top or unbelievable! She so desperately wanted to be strong and hated it to show her insecurities. This is what I love most about characters! That have to be real, the need issues! Nobody is perfect!

Cash … Oh boy.. the boy! 

Cash is the perfect counterpart for Lissa! He sees behind the facade pretty fast and sees the real Lissa! He was a lovely boy! He missed a bit of an edge though… But, I have a thing for the bad boys and Cash was just a tiny bit too perfect and sweet for me!

Bottom Line! 

Fast pasted, great storyline – the perfect Entertainment 
I again seriously enjoyed myself!Following Lissa doing the Sex Strike and seeing from the outside once she takes the wring turn and things go down…. There were some twists and turns that were nicely placed and played to keep the story alive and running. Although not as strong as The DUFF, Shut Out is a wonderful Contemporary YA story with love, heartbreak and lots of fun! 
Narrated by Kate Reinders 
length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
I can highly recommend the audioversion! Although Kate Reinders was new to me, she narrated lot’s of YA and MG books! I loved her pace, voice and intonations. Her male voices were also 
great, apart from Cash who sounded a little bit soft! 
Random Notes and Additional Info: 
I LOVED The Duff, and although I never reviewed it here (shame on me) I have to tell you that you need to read it! It’s plain awesome! Also there I can highly recommend the audio! Kody Keplinger’s next book “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” comes June 5th 2012 and deals with a cynical girl that has a divorced dad and his new family! I can’t freaking wait to read it! I know Mrs Keplinger is a master in creating cynical girls !
Much Love, 

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3 Responses to “Book and Audiobook Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger”

  1. Ditto that I loved The DUFF–which has made me a Kody fan for life! I love how she really can get into the head of her characters and make their emotions and reactions feel so genuine. And HA! I can only imagine how a sex strike in a high school would go down.

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