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Shut Out

(Hamilton High #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  26,916 ratings  ·  1,857 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
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Cassandra Yup! It even mentions the play too - Lissa reads it to find ideas about her own sex-strike.
Cassandra Yes. There is a strong rivalry between two sports teams at a US high school, and their girlfriends go on a sex strike to end the rivalry, which has go…moreYes. There is a strong rivalry between two sports teams at a US high school, and their girlfriends go on a sex strike to end the rivalry, which has got way out of hand.(less)

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Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 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 he
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Fast read with great message about girls and sexuality: the inequality between boys and girls regarding sex and how they identify with what deems socially “acceptable” against what they actually feel.

Teen girls should read this one and I have a feeling they would love it too. I might read more of Keplinger’s work since I’ve never read anything by her before and I found this to be a very brave book complete with interesting narrative voice.
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 th
Rachel Reads Ravenously
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
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 pe
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 t
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like battle of the sexes type books...or Duff
"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 a
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
What seemed like a silly premise turned out to be something relevant but still very entertaining at the same time. I was kind of impressed really. The main plot, girls agreeing on a sex-strike against boys to end the rivalry between football and soccer players is pretty funny especially when the boys were trying to fight back, seducing the girls by taking off their shirts. Lol. But as the story pushes through, it becomes not only about just the “war”.

I didn’t think so much into Shut Out but as
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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
representation: disability rep (paraplegic rep, uses wheelchair), potential OCD rep (not explicitly stated), potential ace rep (not explicitly stated).

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 2 . 5 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

hooooo boy, do i have thoughts on this one.

i honestly can't tell if this was supposed to be a satire or not? because i can see what it was trying to do, and in some ways, it was really cool how it tackled double standards betw
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power, chick-lit
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
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´m going through a phase and I only want to read and re-read high school romances. This was absolutely what I needed right now before starting another long fantasy series.

Hamilton High we meet again! This time as well as the first time around Kody Keplinger nails it! Everything about this book is amazing, the plot, characters, subplot, character development. I love that smartass humor and the witty comebacks.

I love Lissas characters, she is a control freak and she owns up to it, what I lo
Mimi Smith
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 m
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Only $1.99 right now!!! (By the author of THE DUFF!)

I remember hearing somewhere that this is like a modern retelling of Lysistrata and I am all over that because unlike all the tragedies, Lysistrata is a girl power Greek play about women denying their a-hole husbands and boyfriends sex until they stop warring with each other
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
Weak writing, two dimensional characters. Overused names. I see where the author wanted to go with this but they ultimately failed.
Chelsey Connor
I totally loved this book. I actually didn't think I'd like it that much.... but loved it. It's a unique story, haven't read one like it. This is the second book from this author that I've read.... I think she will be put in my favourite author shelf ...more
Patty 🖤’s
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Starz
Ryan Buckby
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
actual rating: 2.5

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.

I honestly don't know where to start with my feelings towards this book and i usually love Kody's books and i'm pretty familiar with her writing and books.

Plot: Ok, something about this entire book rubbed me the wrong way and the plot was so all over the place it didn't really help me love this story anymore. First of all i feel
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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
L. C. Julia
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sophia Sardothien
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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. ...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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