Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Drama, Romance, Sexuality, Love Triangle, High School
I would love to see this book become a movie someday. It’s the kind of teenage romantic drama/comedy that is perfect for a period like this one we’re in.
It’s the battle of the sexes at Hamilton High. The football and soccer male players have a rivalry that is starting to really affect Lissa and her relationship with Randy. She comes up with a plan to end it and joins forces with the players’ girlfriends in order to execute it. The idea: withhold sexual activity until the rivalry is over.
It was supposed to be clear and effective, but what Lissa did not see coming was that the boys would strike back with their own plan and that Cash—who she wishes she could forget about—would be part of it. Will this new battle end before someone’s relationship is destroyed or will this be the new normal at Hamilton High?
I found this concept very original. There are a lot of high school dramas out there in the literature world, but this is the first time I read about something similar. Of course, the love-triangle is nothing new, but the discussion on sex and sexuality is. Kody Keplinger emphasises, through this story, the normality of having different sexual preferences. That it’s okay to have sex but also not to have it, to love it but also to dislike it. I quite enjoyed the overall openness of the author, and while I saw a lot coming regarding the plot, it was a fairly easy read that took my mind off of some stuff.