Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Little, Brown and Company (Poppy)
Release Date: September 5th/11.
Synopsis curtesy of 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.
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.
Shut Out was a great follow-up to The DUFF. Keplinger is a wonderful writer of contemporary YA fiction. I wonder what a paranormal novel from her, would be like...
Shut Out is a contemporary retelling of Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, and (I think) a great addition to the ever-growing number of re-imagined tales of Greek myths, that currently populates the YA industry at this time.
Keplinger has the unique ability to write a character that the reader can both, envy and love at the same time. Her heroines are never the most popular, or beautiful, but somehow, always manage to catch the attention of the most popular and beautiful high school boys. I'm a romantic, so I ALWAYS love this. But I think what I love most about Keplinger's writing, is her ability to capture the voice of young adults. I realize that she's not that old herself, but her books never seem to be "censored" like so many YA novels of today. The issues in her books are real and prevalent, and showcased in a fresh and entertaining manner.
With all that said, I really enjoyed Shut Out, I rooted for Lissa through the entire book and I actually really liked Randy, until I didn't (won't spoil for anyone who hasn't read the book). Cash was charming and sexy, although I have a hard time believing that someone as hot as he is described in the book, wouldn't go on a few dates with his fellow female peers.
Overall I would recommend this book to all Keplinger fans. I still loved The DUFF much more, but Shut Out was definitely a strong second novel from a very talented YA author.