This book would make a great late summer read!
Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Poppy (Hachette)
Date Published: 9/5/2011
Summary (from goodreads and me):
A contemporary re-imagining of the Greek play, “Lysistrata,” in which high school senior Lissa decides it’s time to end her school’s ridiculous sports rivalry once and for all by starting a hook-up strike.
It is the football players against the soccer players, and no one really remembers why. Now, people are starting to get hurt. Can the girlfriends stop it before it is too late, or will they crack from the pressure before the boys?
This was a book I picked up the last day of BEA (I actually got to meet Kody and she was so sweet!)…and read that same day and passed to someone else who would love it!
I really enjoyed the issues and entertainment of the source material for this one, reading “Lysistrata” was a highlight of my Greek Literature class in college, so I knew that combining that with Keplinger’s honest and open dialogue about teenage issues would result in a book that I would love.
I did love it. Not quite as much as The Duff (Keplinger’s debut novel), but since I said that was the best book I read in 2010, it would have been very difficult to be better than it!
The characters felt so real. Lissa just wants peace in the school…and to come before a stupid feud that has been raging for a decade. People are starting to get hurt and she won’t stand for it anymore. And she does something. I knew someone in high school just like that. She didn’t just sit and wait for things to change, she made them change. What makes Lissa even better though, is that she really has to work to be a leader. She isn’t naturally a public speaker, she finds her voice over the course of the book, showing that all women can lead, especially when it is about a cause they care about.
This was another very honest book about sex and teens. That means this book is probably best for 16+. There is nothing graphic at all, but it is open to what is going on in high schools everywhere. But it is done in a really good way that shows all levels of sexual experience and can lead to young women being able to talk openly and honestly. Some of the girls are virgins. Some don’t like sex. Some love it and are not ashamed. Some love doing certain things, some hate it. Just like in life. They all learn how to talk about it, not only with each other, but also with their boyfriends. It also talks about how women shouldn’t use their bodies as a weapon. It is one thing to go on strike to end fighting, it is a whole other to use it to manipulate and deceive. I wish there were honest and open books like this when I was a teenager.
This book was all around wonderful. The other characters sparkle, and the excellent retelling is full of twists and surprises. The male lead is swoon worthy and a great guy who makes the romance fun.
I cannot wait to see what Kody Keplinger writes next.