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Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult
Read on June 29, 2011

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 interrupted in intimate situations by pranks, and now someone's been hurt. So Lissa, girlfriend of the quarterback, calls a meeting. Whatever you're doing with your boyfriend: kissing, second base, third, "home," stop it until this rivalry ends!

This book was fun and interesting, not the least because of the character of Lissa (endearingly neurotic), and the complicated relationship she has with her family and her boyfriend. I also loved the girls pointing out that it wasn't fair that they got called names for having sex, got called names for NOT having sex, and the boys just looked awesome no matter what they did. This is a great battle-of-the-sexes book, but it should come with a warning: it is very, very frankly about sex. The girls talk about it a great deal. There is also quite a bit of language. It's definitely geared at older teens/adults, so just be warned!
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