Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
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.
Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.
Published in US: Sept. 5 2011
Source: Little Brown
The battle of the sexes is on, sprinkled with female empowerment, this is a great read for mature teens who can handle sex being talked about openly and frankly.
I really enjoyed The Duff and Shut Out left me with many of the same feelings. There were laugh out loud moments, others that made you think, and still others that were just downright HOT.
Keplinger really nails characters--they are not perfect--they are who you would find in real life, which means that they are easy to connect to and relate with.
This book talks so casually about teenage sex, and on one hand that worries me because teens are so bombarded with it, and at certain parts it makes it seem like boys can't live without it, and absolutely everyone is having it. But I really appreciate when people start opening up, and there are some that haven't had it and are still in happy relationships.
If you liked The Duff, or the premise sounds like something you'd like, then I recommend giving it a try.
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