Shut Out

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

3.5 stars

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”

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Lissa has a problem. Her boyfriend Randy keeps putting her second to a stupid rivalry between the football players and the soccer players at her high school. Every time they make out in his car it gets egged, he leaves dates early for retaliation attacks and so on. Lissa isn’t the only one fed up, all of the girlfriends for boys on both of the teams are done. So Lissa comes up with a plan: no sex until the rivalry ends.

But with this no sex plan comes consequences and the girls learn which boys they can trust once sex is removed. On top of that Lissa now has to work with Cash, a boy from the soccer team and who she once had a crush on before she got with Randy.

“You amaze me Lissa Daniels. Most girls would cave as soon as I gave them the puppy-dog look with these amazing eyes.”
“Sorry. I like boys. Not dogs. You should’ve dated a different girl if you wanted someone to bend to your will.”

A modern day Lysistrata, I expected to love this book and only ended up liking it. It lacked the emotional punch that usually comes with Keplinger’s books, and Cash as a hero seemed so clueless most of the time that I wanted to punch him. As with all of Kody’s books I was sucked in by the writing and finished this book in a matter of hours, but it wasn’t a big winner for me. Maybe a little winner.

I will say as a person who works in libraries, and I worked my way from the bottom up I got a little nitpicky about Lissa’s job as a shelver in a library while reading. I’ve never known any job title to be a shelver, it’s a page who does that work. And pages almost never ever shelve together, they get their own sections and carts and it’s a solitary job. So the scenes where Cash and Lissa keep getting put together shelving we not realistic for me. And before y’all attack me I know it’s a book it’s not real life, but it took me out of the story and that took away from the believability in the book for me.

“Sometimes it’s hard to predict who will make a person happy. But in the end, that’s what matters.”

I also wanted a bit more from the plot in terms of Lissa’s family relationship, her dad and brother were strong side characters and I felt they were underutilized. And we only scratched the surface of Kelsey and Cash as other side characters. The focus kept being solely on Lissa and Randy and I kid of wish the author had written more.

This review is sounding like a bitch fest. I really did enjoy reading, and I don’t regret reading it, but it’s not something I would readily recommend to other readers.


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