Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The DUFF was one of my favorite books last year, and I couldn’t wait to see what Kody did next! I don’t think this book had as much substance or depth of characterization, but overall I did like it okay.

At Lissa’s school, there is a massive (like, crazy ridiculous) rivalry between the soccer and football teams. Her boyfriend is the quarterback on the football team and is constantly leaving her in the middle of their dates (and in the middle of undressing her in the back of his car) to go prank the soccer guys or get revenge on something they did to him. Needless to say – she is pretty over it. No girl – especially a drama-loaded high school one – likes to take second fiddle to something so seemingly pointless. So she takes action. She rounds up the girlfriends of the guys on both teams and they make a pact to stop the sexytimes until the boys agree to end the feud. She ends up learning a lot more than she expected to, like maybe her boyfriend isn’t the best choice for her after all.

So anyways, I knew from the beginning this wouldn’t be a plot I could relate to. First of all, I wasn’t a sexytimes in high school kinda gal. Secondly, my school was so small that we barely had a football team, forget about a soccer team. If we would have had one, the same guys would have played in both – so big in-school rivalries like that are hard for me to imagine.

I was also kinda disappointed that there wasn’t more character growth. I mean, Lissa’s life took a 180 degree turn through the course of the book, but I don’t think she really developed much as a person (or at least not as much as I would have expected from what I’ve seen before of Kody’s writing). I by no means disliked her though. I did dislike her boyfriend. He was a tool. I was hoping for a big soccer-team-guys-give-him-a-beat-down scene, but alas. Lissa gets a new love interest after she starts the strike, and I did really like him. Cash Sterling is a sweetheart. I mean, you guys: he took a job at the town library to be close to her. Feel free to “awwwww.”

So, while I can’t exactly give the book a ringing endorsement, I did enjoy reading it for the most part. I probably wouldn’t have been as disappointed if my expectations weren’t set so high. Either way – I am still a Kody Keplinger fan and will certainly be following what she does next!

Check out the book (out in early September) on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Ashley August 4, 2011, 1:54 am

    Ya… I really wasn’t going to read this one. I liked The Duff well enough, but this one just… doesn’t appeal to me the same way. I kinda feel a bit like it’s about sex for the sake of it being about sex. I am going to read it though. I’m filling in on a tour for someone, so hopefully I like it. But I have a feeling I’m going to feel much the same as you did, only a bit less satisfied…
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  • We Heart YA August 4, 2011, 8:20 am

    It would be very difficult for Shutout to live up to The DUFF for us, so we’re not surprised to read your comments… It’s a shame, but it’s okay. And hey, “good but not great” is hardly a negative review! Like you said, some of these situations are just harder to relate to than the ones in The DUFF.

    Thanks for the review! It’s always good to know what to expect.
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  • Lisa Gibson August 4, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the honest review. While I too loved The DUFF, I can see how it would be difficult to top that. I’ll read Shutout as well.
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  • Audrey August 5, 2011, 12:57 am

    I just read this last week, great review! I agree, i wasn’t a sexytimes gal either (LOL) so I found it hard to relate to the plot. Like you thought, it wasn’t as good as the Duff, but I still liked it 🙂
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  • Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) August 6, 2011, 10:14 am

    Hm, I didn’t realize Kepplinger had a new book out. I didn’t love THE DUFF, but I think the author has a lot of potential. I might have to check this one out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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