Recommend A… Book With a Character Who Plays a Sport/ Book Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

How’s that for a long title?

Recommend A… is hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. Shanyn posts a new prompt each week, and we’ll post a book recommendation that follows the prompt. Head over to her blog to check out other blogger’s picks!





This week’s theme is Recommend A… Book With a Character Who Play a Sport, which is just perfect because I was cursing myself for forgetting to include this book in last week’s Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During Your Blog’s Lifespan and was in the process of reviewing this book. So I’m recommending Shut Out by Kody Keplinger.











First of all, let me just say that I love this cover! (side note: is it just me or does the girl look like Liv Tyler?) And it’s true. The battle really is on in this book, and I loved it! I thought the premise for this book made it perfect for this topic considering the whole conflict results from the girls trying to get the football and soccer players to stop feuding. I was in the middle of writing a review for this book when I saw this week’s theme, so I thought I might as well combine the two (does this make me lazy?).

How Excited Was I To Read This Book?: 7. I was intrigued by the premise., which is a loose retelling of Lysistrata by Aristophanes. I originally found it browsing around Barnes & Noble but didn’t buy it then, and I promptly forgot the title. So I was pretty pleased when I discovered it six months later by accident on Amazon. Yay fate!

How Excited Was I After I Read This Book?: 9. Highly entertained and I loved Cash!!

Book Jacket:

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…

I really liked both Lissa and Cash in this book! For the most part, I wanted to stand up and cheer “You Go Girl!!” to Lissa. I give her major props for standing up and saying enough is enough. And then figuring out a solution to the problem. She had some issues to deal with, but I really admired her strength and conviction throughout.
Actually, I should have stated that I really liked almost all the characters in this book, which I think is kind of rare. Not that characters tend to annoy me (Mary is right when she says I basically like everything and everyone), but I feel like I’m usually more indifferent to the supporting cast. Here I’m like yay Ellen, Adam, Chloe, Mary, Finn, and this list goes on! I’m not sure that made any sense, but I hope you know what I mean. Randy kind of annoyed me from the start, so even if he was the impetus of the battle, I really wanted him to disappear. I might be biased of course by how much I adored Cash in this book… Yes, this book is about withholding hook-ups, but I think the underlying message is definitely female empowerment. Use what tools you’ve got at hand to stand up for what you want!
Can I help it if reading this book made me want to sing “Seize the Day” from the movie Newsies?
Sexual Tension Factor: Very High. Basically the entire premise of the book.
Re-Readability: Moderate to High. I’m more of the type to re-read only my favorite parts, but I think I’d enjoy re-reading the whole book too.