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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  15,747 ratings  ·  1,220 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2011)
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You know there's something wrong with a book when the boys are falling all over themselves for the main character and you're wondering why.
I guess Lissa was okay at first. For the first half, maybe. But then she turned into this huge caricature who just lost all intelligence and became obsessed with winning the "war" and finding every pretext to feel sorry for herself. I am aware not all teenagers are sensible, responsible beings. I do, however, like to actually feel something other than annoyan...more
Sep 12, 2011 Ariana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "the DUFF" and maybe even "Not that kind of girl"

I know why some people might not like this book, I understand the problems they might have with the situations, the characters and so on, but i'm as sure as hell that i did like it, probably as much as I liked The DUFF.

Full review: (originally posted at ReadingAfterMidnight)

You know, this is a strange world we are living in.
I always read some reviews here and there (about some books - not only this one) and I see people saying that [this] or [that] are not some books that they would allow their...more
Shut Out is loosely based on the retelling of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata;
Lissa is sick and tired of the rivalry between the soccer and football team, it’s been running almost like forever.


But now it’s seriously getting out of hand, it’s coming in between her relationship with Randy, her boyfriend.

So Lissa comes up with a plan to get all the soccer and football player’s girlfriends together and go on a "strike".



It’s bound to get the boys so wound up that they will put an end to their...more
PERSONAL REVIEW: Wow! Is that really what High School is like these days? I'm getting old!

SCHOOL LIBRARIAN REVIEW: I think parents who opened this up to some random page and started reading might have some issues with this book. If I put this on my library shelves, I'd expect someone - at some point - to complain...or even challenge this book. And, I might have to agree, which is why this book would not be one I would purchase for my school library.

First off let me say that this has an overall g...more
2 1/2 stars.

Original review posted on The Book Smugglers: HERE

Shut Out is a modern-day retelling of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a classic Greek play about Lysistrata and her attempt to end the Peloponnesian War by persuading the women of the warring nations to withhold sex from their husbands in order to force peace negotiations. This foments a battle of the sexes as both sides try to stand their ground until eventually, the men give in and peace is achieved.

I was curious to see how Kody Keplinge...more
Second books can be tricky. Even when authors produce standalone novels, eschewing the literary world's current hunger for sequels and series, they have a difficult task ahead of them: producing work that's more than just a retread of earlier success. In some ways, I know that comparisons between Kody Keplinger's first novel, The DUFF, and her second, Shut Out, are inevitable. It's not just their bright, girly covers that tie them together but thematics (a teenage girl's ownership of her sexuali...more
Sita Sargeant
Oct 23, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People looking for a funny/fluffy/nice/readable/enjoyable book
Recommended to Sita by: Misfit Mellow ~
I'm still trying to figure out how to review this. I read and finished it a few days ago and I thought it was good and I mean really good. I was really hesitant to pick this up because I read The DUFF and really didn't like it, I didn't like the writing, the characters or the plot, I basically didn't like the book. SO you can see why I was pretty hesitant to pick up Shut Out. But boy am I glad that I did.

Shut out is about Lissa, a girl who is constantly reminded of the ongoing feud between the s...more
I was afraid to read Shut Out because friend of mine was disappointed after reading it. But I'm happy that I read it - it was refreshing novel in the flood of young adult fiction. I recommend this book to all teen girls, and to some girls over twenties, who have some issues with sex and what is expected of them when it comes to it. Ending is the only thing that I was... how to put it...sarcastic, maybe? I know you writers want to make us satisfied, so, obviously, you give us happy endings. But i...more
First, the good: frank talk about teenage girls' sexual lives, exploration of double standards, inspiration from a classic (I'm a sucker for modern re-tellings).

The bad? It took me a long while to feel as if I could relate to the protagonist at all. It seemed like her only personality trait for a good portion of the book was having a boyfriend. Finally, we find out she's also a control freak who works in a library (just like me! ha!)

But seriously, the fact that every single girl in this book (w...more
4.5 stars

Be warned you may find this review full of over enthusiastic gushing for this book. Shut Out was just an awesome read.

Shut Out is loosely based on the retelling of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; Lissa is sick and tired of the rivalry between the soccer and football team, it’s been running ever since her brother Logan went to high school, which was 10 years ago. But now it’s seriously getting out of hand, it’s coming in between her relationship with Randy, with Randy focusing more on the ri...more
Most rivalries usually connect with two opposing school, but that's not the case for Hamilton High. The football team and the soccer team are at constant war with all their hazing, pranks and fights and the girls who date these moronic idiots are always pushed aside during the rivalry months. Lissa is sick to death of always coming in second, so she comes up with a plan with more then a little help from her friends. What is the one thing boys can all agree on that will make them change the error...more
Initial thoughts:

This was a FABULOUS sophomore novel, that I loved. I highly recommend picking this up in September- it will not disappoint.

Official review:

Shut Out was a spectacular sophomore novel by young writer Kody Keplinger. It was filled with steamy romance, tested friendships, girl power, and more. This was inspired by the play Lysistrata and I can't wait to check it out now. I started reading this the second it arrived in my mailbox and I didn't put it down until I finished later that d...more
Shut Out is a 5 star book for me because of the sex. The topic and discussion of sex—get your mind out of the gutter people! :)

I applaud Kody Keplinger for having the confidence to address the topic of sex in young adult fiction. Shockingly, it is still a taboo subject for the genre and Keplinger does it with maturity, intelligence and humor.

In this battle of the sexes’ tale, the girls of Hamilton High led by Lissa Daniels go on a sex strike to end a rivalry between the soccer and football teams...more
Jan 01, 2014 Vilda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary YA readers!
Re-read: May 13-18, 2013 (Audiobook edition)
Re-read: March 2-9, 2013 (Audiobook edition)
First read: September 21-22, 2012 (Audiobook edition)

Still love it!
On one hand, Miss Keplinger’s youthful style and her exploration of sexuality is exactly what YA contemporary readers need to see. On the other hand, her books aren’t what would typically be considered “well-written”; while her stories provide valuable messages, they aren’t what would conventionally be considered smartly crafted. Personally I believed Shut Out to be a better read than The DUFF, Keplinger’s debut, but still it’s not a novel without its fault.

The students at Hamilton High are caug...more
This is a surprising thing, an update of the Greek play, THE LYSISTRATA, set in a modern American high school. In the play, the women of Athens withhold sexual favors from their husbands so that they will end the war with Sparta, so this seems like a strange story to update. But at Hamilton High School, the big rivalry is between the football and soccer teams, and the girlfriends are sick of it! They've been stood up because their boyfriends are busy egging people's doors, they've been interrupt...more
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken
Ewww. High school girls cut off their boyfriends from sex in order to end a sports rivalry. I really hate the idea that sex is a thing guys get from gals.
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Shut Out Review on K-Books

From first hearing about this book, I really wanted to read it. It sounded amazing and just the kind of thing that I would love. I have never read any other books by this author before so I didn't really know what to expect in terms of both the story developing and the narrative techniques. I absolutely loved it.
I love Kody's writing, it's so edgy and you don't get that a lot in young-adult contemporary romance novels so I thought it was a really fresh way of writing su...more
Five Stars: This is an important book that young adult girls should read as it discusses candidly and tactfully the taboo subject of sex.

For some reason when I began my e book, Shut Out I mistakenly thought I was reading a book about football. Instead I was surprised to find a novel that dealt with teenage sexuality. I applaud Ms. Keplinger's efforts with this book. She tackles a challenging issue not only for teenage girls but also adult women. She opens the door to the subject with candor and...more
I read The DUFF before reading Shut Out, so I wasn't surprised when I read it...couldn't put it down, and absolutely fell in love with it!

Kody Keplinger has a way of writing characters that are so realistic that you genuinely feel like you've met them and personally know them, after reading about them. Her dialogue is fresh, completely realistic, and when I read it I'm constantly left thinking things like: "I'm pretty sure I've actually HAD that conversation with my friends before." She has a wa...more
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger is a book that if you can't get past the premise/source material it will frustrate you. Shut Out is based on a the greek play Lysistrata in which, a woman named Lysistrata persuades the women to withhold sex from their partners in order to force the men to negotiate peace. Taking that premise and putting it in a modern high school setting is problematic for a few reasons: one, there are obviously other alternatives to ending a inter-school rivalry than a sex strike; tw...more
Kody Keplinger je jednoducho úžasná. Škoda, že sa nedá chodiť s knihou :D :)
Mimi Smith
1-1.5 stars

This is the first review I've written for a 1 star book and I debated whether to write it at all, but here it goes...

To me, the experience of this book can be divided into three stages...

Stage One: The Warning Alarm

When the book starts, we get to see Lissa and her boyfriend. We learn there's a war going on between the soccer and the football team of the same school. That was the first thing that bugged me. Those boys acted so immaturely, pulling pranks, acting like this WAR is a matt...more
Okay, so I was super excited to read Kody's debut novel, The Duff, and then I ended up hating it. So why would I give this book a chance?


I like books that don't slut-shame. I do. Also I was interested to see if Kody would write another completely unlikable character.

Lissa wasn't as bad as Bianca, but I still didn't like her. She was smart, yes, but she was also patronizing, and towards the end of the book comes a twist that made me dislike her even more.

I liked the idea for the book a lot,...more

So, I am not the biggest fan of The DUFF. Frankly, I felt that everything was too tidy with the why's and how's of every single moment spelled out in that one. Simply, it left little for me to think out. And this is precisely my problem with SHUT OUT. While the message(s) in this second book are positive ones of girls thinking, and being the boss of themselves and not being dictated/controlled by what other's think, it still felt incomplete to me. Yes, there's a lot of talk in it of teen se...more
When there’s a sophomore novel, you’re always going to compare it to the author’s debut, for better or for worse. Unfortunately, this time it’s for worse. I really enjoyed The DUFF (I’d even say it was one of my top ten books in 2010) but Shut Out just didn’t do it for me.

One of the problems I had with Shut Out was that the author didn’t disappear seamlessly behind the curtain. Since The DUFF Keplinger’s been branded an author who writes frankly about sex; now she’s really taken it to heart, wr...more
I cannot camembear the cheese.

Sadly, I did not enjoy Shut Out. It could have been the fact that the story was full of clichés and annoying characters. It could also have been the fact that I was listening to the audiobook and the voice annoyed the hell out of me. She gave those annoying characters a really whiny, bitchy voice and it made me hate them all the more. Maybe it’s a combination of both.

I really could have liked this book. The summary sounded like something I would love the apeshit out...more
Marty :}
More like a 3.5 . Alright, so after The Duff, I think I expected a little more from Shut Out because Kody Keplinger is such an awesome author and I just wanted more. This doesn't mean the book was bad, I gave it four stars after all. The only problems I had with the book was Lissa, I think her behaviour just annoyed me at times. Like, I cannot comprehend the reason why she kept having Randy as a boyfriend all that time, when it was so obvious he was a jerk and didn't respect her enough.

But th...more
...................2,5 Stars..................................................

This is a quick & simple read. And while it didn't ignite many hater feelings in me, it also didn't impress me much. For me this book is just plain average.

This book is about a war between the school's football team and their soccer team. The war has been on...well since forever. Nobody really remembers the reason for it. But when our MC'S Lissa's boyfriend and his team are taking the fight too far -and in the mea...more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
Ideally rivalries happen between two different schools but in Shut Out it happened in one school between two different spots team: soccer and football. The feud between the two teams has been going on for sometime now and the girlfriends are suffering. Lissa could not stand it any longer. She felt that her boyfriend Randy always put her second after the feud and it was getting on her nerves. What she and the other girls did was do a sex-strike. No sex until the feud was over. Everything was work...more
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.
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