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Shut Out

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,450 Ratings  ·  1,578 Reviews
The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

Sick of the rivalry between their boyfriends' American football and soccer teams, Lissa and her friends are determined that the boys won't see any action from them until they put an end to their immature pranks.

But Lissa hasn't counted on a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on wh
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Hodder Children's Books (first published September 5th 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
4 stars!

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Shut Out is one of those books that was so fun to listen to! This is the second book of Kody Keplinger's I've read (Duff being the first) and I have to say I love her style. She writes fun reads with just enough seriousness/emotion to keep me invested. But they're also on the light side and entertaining. This was just the type of story I was in the mood for!

Lissa is sick of the feud at her school. Soccer boys vs. Football boys. It's been going on too long. It's effecting her and her rel
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
3.5 stars

“You can't control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”

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Lissa has a problem. Her boyfriend Randy keeps putting her second to a stupid rivalry between the football players and the soccer players at her high school. Every time they make out in his car it gets egged, he leaves dates early for retaliation attacks and so on. Lissa isn't the only one fed up, all of the girlfriends for boys on bo
Dec 13, 2014 Ariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

How to write a fun YA contemporary?

Well, just follow Kody Keplinger's recipe cause she's got it down to a science!

“I'm serious. They'll call me a pussy."
"And if you help them, I'll call you a dick. So no matter what you do, you're going to be some form of genitalia.”

She was constantly cracking me up with her dry humor. And what I loved most about her? She felt like a real teenager who at times-let's be honest, more often than not- made mistakes.
She was also strong. She wasn't perfect or
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
"Because." Cash's fingers stilled, resting lightly against the back of my head, which didn't hurt anymore. He looked down at me for a long second before continuing. "Because I want to see you with someone better than him. Someone who will see how lucky they are to have you."
I bit my lip, nervous but determined to ask my next question. "Do you happen to have someone particular in mind, Cash?"

4 days, three (attempted) books, and countless exaggerated sighs later, and I can't get this aut
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
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
Oct 23, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 19, 2011 Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2016 Patty❤️'s rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 Starz ...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
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
Jul 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2011
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
Apr 27, 2016 Vilda rated it really liked it  ·  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!
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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 mat
L.C. Julia
Feb 09, 2016 L.C. Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in spanish, then in english.
En serio me gusta mucho este libro. Ojo, no es ninguna obra maestra. No tiene una prosa perfecta, es más bien simple y fresca, la historia no es la más pensada del mundo y tiene sus momentos cliches. Pero aun así creo que es un libro que debe ser más leído. Tiene un espíritu juvenil bien retratado y tiene un buen mensaje sobre la sexualidad y las mujeres, y obvio, los chicos también; porque cuestiona muchas cosas que damos por sentado en nuestra soci
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
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
Jun 30, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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
It was an okay book to me. I didn't nearly enjoy it as much as "The Duff" by the same author, because Lissa just didn't really work for me. It's not about her personality in general, but how she developped throughout the story. It was kind of boring to me, because it was way too obvious how it would all end, and I hate it when everything is so obvious, but the main-lead just goes all drama-queen in her head and always comes to the wrong conclusions and all that. I find it to be reeeeeally lame. ...more
Sophia Sardothien
Honestly this is a intriguing read, but there's tons of problems and the whole idea was quite stupid. As for The protagonist Lissa was fine until the very end, Cash was cute if it wasn't for him I won't be reading this.
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken  ·  review of another edition
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.
The guys were such jerks in this book! (Apart from Cash obviously), I know I probably shouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did...
Daphne (Winged Reviews)
As usual with Kody Keplinger's books, they are so much fun. I breezed through this in a day (!) which is almost a record for me as I only read during my commute. I wasn't familiar with Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, which this is loosely based on, but the premise was intriguing - withholding sex to stop a 10 year rivalry between the Hamilton High football and soccer teams. Granted it's a farfetched concept, what Keplinger has done really well is to highlight how differently society views girls sexual ...more
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
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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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“You can't control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.” 120 likes
“I'm serious. They'll call me a pussy."

"And if you help them, I'll call you a dick. So no matter what you do, you're going to be some form of genitalia.”
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