Published by Poppy on September 5th 2011
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reading Challenge, Rock My TBR
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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 he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.
Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.
So early this afternoon, I received a HUGE book haul from Book Outlet that I ordered during the big boxing day sale that they have. I bought twenty books including this one, which I ended up starting right away. It was fast paced and honestly felt less than nearly 300 pages. The story was pretty original but I feel like the characters weren’t completely easy to connect to, especially the main character. This was a book that I had no issue with reading quickly, but it just wasn’t totally impressive all around. I’ll likely forget most of the characters and the story in a few weeks time honestly. However, this is the first book I’ve read from Kody Keplinger, I also purchased The Duff and I look forward to reading that one next.
Based on this book, I do enjoy the authors writing. I just hope that the MC in The Duff is more likable than Lissa was. Sometimes I don’t find the control freak character to be annoying, but in this case it did get old pretty fast. I even felt like the whole storyline involving Randy was unnecessary since he was such a jerk even in the beginning of the book. Cash was probably my favorite character, besides her two close female friends, Ellen and Chloe. I wasn’t a fan of the communication issues between Cash and Lissa, but Cash still had some swoony moments. I loved that the two of them worked in a library, and I found Lissa’s fantasy about the scene in Atonement to be hilarious. This book had a handful of funny and clever scenes that I really loved, I just felt like it kind of missed as a whole.
Do I recommend this book? It honestly depends on what type of books you enjoy as a reader. It’s likely that you’ve already made up your mind about Shut Out since it’s been out for awhile now, but I was late to the party as always. So I think those of you that enjoy contemporary romances that also have some of your cliche high school drama thrown in there might be drawn to this. I personally was expecting more of a sex positive message based on the description, but it doesn’t play as big of a role as I was initially expecting. I don’t know how to describe it, I just think that this book may not be for everyone, but some people will likely love it.
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