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Amanda and Lena have been soccer stars and best friends for years, but now, when Amanda makes the junior varsity team and Lena makes the varsity, Amanda finds herself increasingly shut out of her friend's life. Suddenly, everything Amanda took for granted is changing--but she's about to discover that might not be bad. Brendan Halpin's new novel is about friendship, family, ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Isabelle Miles
Jun 13, 2012 Isabelle Miles rated it it was amazing
Shutout is about far more than soccer. It's about friendship, family, boys, and believing in yourself.

Amanda Conant and her best friend, Lena Zaleski are hoping to survive their first year of high school, on the their schools Varsity soccer team. But when Amanda gets placed on the JV, and Lena gets placed on the Varsity, Lena is instantly more popular, and she starts ditching Amanda to hang out with her popular 12th grade friends.
The Varsity team has been doing much better than the JV, and whe
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Susan  Dunn
Dec 15, 2010 Susan Dunn rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Amanda and her best friend Lena have grown up playing soccer together. As they approach their freshman year and the varsity soccer tryouts, they're both pretty sure that they'll be playing JV. But when Lena makes varsity and Amanda doesn't, everything changes. Lena starts spending more time with her new teammates, and doesn't have much time for Amanda any longer. And Lena wants to go to parties and flirt with cute guys and Amanda just isn't ready for that yet. I really liked this story of changi ...more
Hayden
Aug 31, 2010 Hayden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, sports, humor, chick-lit
I'm giving this book 5 stars, not because it changed my life, but because it's maybe the best thing of its kind that I've read. Lena has always been Amanda's best friend, and soccer is the glue of their friendship. But when Lena makes the varsity girls' soccer team and Amanda is left behind on JV, their friendship suffers.

Doesn't sound like much of a plot, but Halpin really breathes some new life into the friends-growing-apart genre of teen fiction. Amanda's voice is dead-on, the sports action i
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Madison
Sep 19, 2014 Madison rated it really liked it
This book was great, I loved the drama between the girls how one made the varsity team and the other made the JV team. Amanda is mad at Lena or making the team. The drama is so exciting that it has mixed emotions of good and bad things. This is a good book for people who like drama and soccer.
Ali
Sep 07, 2011 Ali added it
I love this book!!!
Hailee
Aug 11, 2011 Hailee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls who play sports(no matter what sport)
Recommended to Hailee by: me
this is about a girl whoes best friend makes the varsity soccer team as a freshman and she doesnt. This book tests friends and family i recomed it!!!!!!!!
Davina
Aug 12, 2011 Davina rated it really liked it
I want to read more by this author!
Marissac.7
Jan 10, 2013 Marissac.7 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!!
Megan Friemann
Feb 06, 2017 Megan Friemann rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because one of my favorite sports is soccer, I really liked how they explained all the soccer games they played really good
Aaron
Apr 13, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
It's the summer before Amanda and her best friend Lena are about to start at the high school. They are really looking forward to it, particularly since they both think they have a sure thing to make it onto the varsity girl's soccer team. While it is rare for underclassmen to get selected for the varsity team, Amanda and Lena really are just that good.

Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned when Lena does make the varsity team, and Amanda finds herself playing on the JV squad. To some de
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Hannah
Feb 10, 2017 Hannah rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. After reading “Shut Out” I was very surprised at what kind of book it turned out to be. When I first got it I thought it was just going to be about these two best friends playing soccer. However, it was much more than that. These two best friends who had been playing soccer together for years were now separated onto different teams. This then caused a bit of a jealousy in there relationship creating a void. Throughout the book it was an up and down relationship betw ...more
Lachelle Opp
Jan 10, 2013 Lachelle Opp rated it it was amazing
This book was soooo good! I kept on reading and reading and couldn't stop. This book was about this girl named Amanda who plays soccer with her friend Lena. One day they went to soccer practice to see if some girls got moved up to varsity or stayed a junior varsity. And coach Beezer read the names and said Lena, but didn't say Amanda. Amanda was mad at the coaches because Lena gets to be on the varsity but Amanda doesn't. Later on Lena started hanging out with the seniors from the varsity team. ...more
Kim
Best friends Amanda and Lena have always been an unstoppable pair on the soccer field. Although ninth graders rarely make the varsity team, they are hopeful. A recent growth spurt of several inches has caused Amanda to develop Sever’s disease, a temporary disorder that causes significant heel pain as the tendons try to keep up with bone growth. As she puts it, instead of charging up the wing, she’s now hobbling toward the goal. But it’s still an unexpected blow when she hears that Lena has made ...more
Keily Cruz
Aug 21, 2014 Keily Cruz rated it it was amazing
As I started to read "Shutout" I thought it was going to be boring and not interest me at all. But as I read deep in the book I realize it started to get my attention. As soon as I got home I would read a little bit of it because honestly I never wanted for it to end. That amazed me because personally I don't like books. I don't like to read at all, I'm not a reader but I am some what of a writer. As I was reading it I could picture things in my head. Like if I was the one in the book and going ...more
Hillary Mantone
Nov 16, 2012 Hillary Mantone rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It was so relatable because I also play soccer, and this is what the book is all about! I liked the detail, and the whole story concept! Also the story is about a young girl who doesn't make the Varsity team, but her best friend does! I feel that this is relatable because I tried out for the junior varsity team, but in my case I made the team!

I really liked the characters in this book! They were detailed, but they could have been a little more vivid. My favorite charact
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Dayana Galeano
Feb 05, 2016 Dayana Galeano rated it it was amazing
I read the book Shutout by Brendan Halpin and it was a fast-paced, exciting read. I absolutely loved it, it was very interesting. It was relatable to me because I also play/enjoy soccer. Halpin goes very in depth at expressing her characters throughout the whole book. Although the book had many many characters it was impossible to miss out the main characters, Amanda and her best friend Lena, together they were an unbeatable dynamic duo on the soccer field. I recommend this book for anyone who l ...more
Claudia
I know a thing or two about this author...I've read his DONORBOY and LOSING MY FACULTIES. I know he's dealt with crippling loss, and one of the lines from DONORBOY is one I use to console others who are suffering: "It will never hurt less, but it will hurt less often."


Amanda lives in a blended family...dad, stepmom (her mother died when Amanda was a toddler), a step brother and a half brother. This blended family is strong and positive. Siblings squabble and squawk. But Amanda loves her family..
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Laura
Sep 27, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Amanda and Lena have are best friends and have been playing soccer together the whole time. The two are are entering high school and both want nothing more than to make varsity together. As many things in high school, this doesn't work out. Lena makes varsity and Amanda is stuck on JV. As their freshman year begins, Lena is more popular and getting caught up in life with popular, upper classman. Amanda feels left behind and jealous. The two have a huge and fight and for the first time in 6 years ...more
Britney Senger
Sep 14, 2012 Britney Senger rated it it was amazing
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Allie Z.
Feb 17, 2012 Allie Z. rated it it was amazing
The book shut out is the book i just finished and it was full of drama.
It really did a good job of stepping into the life of a teenage girl, because you could definantly see and feel the changes the girls went through from perie pressure to boy drama. I could really relate to this book because it was about to high school girls that play SOCCER!
But then tragedy strikes when Amanda the main character is separted from her friend Alena, who is put on the varsity team while she is forced to stay on t
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Morgan Klein
Mar 13, 2014 Morgan Klein rated it it was amazing
I recently read Shutout by Brenden Haplin. I chose this book because it was based off of being a freshman soccer player, to get on varsity or to just have fun. I am a freshman and playing soccer this spring so I was excited to read this. In this book a freshman girl named Amanda and her best friend Lena are going to be playing their first high school soccer season. The girls have been friends since they were little, and have always played on the same team. Both of them are pretty confident they ...more
Mrs. Schatz
Nov 15, 2010 Mrs. Schatz rated it really liked it
You and your best friend begin high school with visions of doing great things together and then the impossible happens. She makes varsity and you're on JV. She gets the cute boyfriend, the invites to the parties, and the attention. She still needs you to cover for her but then you lie to your parents. "I just felt like my whole life had fallen apart. Everything I thought I was--good at soccer, Lena's best friend, a daughter who made her parents proud instead of crazy--all that was gone. I didn't ...more
Lauryn Vaughn
Aug 04, 2014 Lauryn Vaughn rated it liked it
Shutout was a great book. I enjoyed it because I could relate to the scenario that was taking place. The two main characters are two girls named Amanda and Lena. They are best friends who have been inseparable over the years and they have always played soccer together. They are entering high school and both of them hope to make the varsity team. However, only Lena makes the varsity team. And from then on, their friendship goes downhill and is tested to its limits. This story shows how as you pro ...more
Deborah Davies
I read the book shutout by Brendan Halpin. This book was very interesting. This book is about a teenager who plays soccer on her high school team. She moved to Wisconsin when she was just 11 and didn't adapt very well. There was a little very old park that she went to every day after and before school. She loved the park because it was a green soccer field. The soccer field was one of the best fields in Wisconsin. Emily is the main character in this story. Emily is the smartest and nicest girl o ...more
Aimee
May 29, 2012 Aimee rated it really liked it
It is almost 4 AM, so I will be brief, but hopefully helpful. Read this book in one sitting. It was a quick read with a lot of heart. I loved the characters- realistic but original. It touched on a lot of issues, but didn't beat them down with a stick.

While I've never been a huge fan of sports books, I felt very connected to the players and I couldn't help but feel on edge while reading about each game. Bonus: There was some pretty fantastic trash talking!

I would definitely recommend this book
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Sophie Larson
Jan 28, 2013 Sophie Larson rated it really liked it
Book Title: Shutout
Lexile: 930
I liked this book because it wasn't COMPLETELY about soccer like I thought it would be. Some of it was about friendship between Amanda and Lena. Also, some of it was about relationships like between Lena and this popular boy at school.
One of my favorite parts of the book was when Lena and Amanda went and snuck out of their houses to go to a party. It kept me on the edge of my chair while I was reading this because a lot of it was about making right or wrong decisi
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Mega Gaffney
Jan 27, 2013 Mega Gaffney rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was relatable because I also play soccer. I liked the whole story concept. Also the story is about a young girl who doesn't make the Varsity team, but her best friend does. I liked the characters in this book. My favorite character is Amanda, because she is very strong when she finds out that she didn't make the team, and she is still nice to her best friend Lana who did make the team. She is a very good friend in my mind. She wouldn't give up on Lana even though she ...more
Virag
Jun 17, 2012 Virag rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle-grade girls who love soccer
I'd honestly never have looked twice at this book, except for that I was at a friend's house last night, and while she was in the shower I needed something to do. Sadly, she didn't have a huge selection of books. Most of the ones she owned were ones I'd already read and given her, haha.
So twenty minutes after she came out of the shower, I was nearly halfway done with this book, and decided to finish the rest next morning.

Shutout is fine. In fact, a younger girl might really like it. It's a nice,
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Sydney
Sep 12, 2014 Sydney added it
Shutout is a very good book if you like soccer. I really liked this book because I can almost relate to it because I play soccer. It shows how determined they are to make the varsity team.

It talks about 2 girls who are going to be freshmen and are trying to make the varsity soccer team. When Ms. Beasley reads the names of the people who made the varsity team Amanda and Leana start to worry. When Amanda didn't her her name but Lena heard hers they were both upset. When something happen to the var
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Mysteri Barr
Jan 23, 2015 Mysteri Barr rated it it was amazing

I read the book "Shutout'' by Brendan Halpin. The story is about a girl named Amanda who has Sever's disease. Sever's disease is pain in your heel. Lena and Amanda are best friends. They love playing soccer. One day they showed up for tryouts and at the end of try outs Mrs. Beasley starts reading the names in alphabetical order. To see if they are going to be in junior varsity or be on varsity for soccer. Will Amanda be on junior varsity? Will Lena be on junior varsity? We got up early, and Lena
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