Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release date: 5 September 2011
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.
Then 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. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling...
Did I already say I'm Kody Keplinger's fan? Because I totally am. There is something about her books... Honest, the truth as it is, but with that unique touch that makes it difficult to forget about the story.
In Shut Out we see Lissa's life -- mortified and fed up with his boyfriend Randy because he seems to care more about his rivalry with the football and soccer teams from their high-school than her. Until one day that she thinks that has been enough and starts planning a way to end with their an enmity not even their participants know how it started. She gathers all the football players' girlfriends to tell them what she plans to do, which is mainly a sex strike; abstinence until both parties end their ridiculous quarrels.
The sex strike and everything it entails gives the girls much to talk, who little by little start revealing and sharing their opinions or experiences about sex. I loved those moments that made you think, only like Kody Keplinger knows how to weave in her stories. Like when a guy sleeps with a loot of girls then he's just a playboy, but if it's a girl, then she's a whore and everyone looks down on her.
In the end the guys also organize themselves (with Cash on the front!) and it son evolves into a war of sexes to see who gives in first to the temptation. Part of me enjoyed the typical "war" from when we were little between boys and girls. Although I have to say I did not like it as much as The DUFF... Maybe I would have liked more action between the main characters.
Oh, but that does not mean I'm not looking forward to June, when the next book from Kody Keplinger, A Midsummer's Nightmare, comes out. I have already read the summary and it looks so good!