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Shut Out

Shut Out - Kody Keplinger My Rating: 2.5 I have many issues with Shut Out. The book started out fine - I liked Lissa and Randy well enough - but when Lissa brought out the no sex until football team and soccer team rivalry ends plan, I immediately figured out the rest of the plot of the book. From then on, reading Shut Out was no fun. The first thing I had a problem with was the draggy and predictable plot. I read two-thirds of the book, got tired of it, and just skimmed the rest of the book. It all started when Randy cared about the rivalry between the football team to the soccer team over Lissa, making her mad. Lissa came up with a plan, met up with both the football team and soccer team's girlfriends, and told them the plan: no sex until there is no more rivalry. (Randy was furious because Lissa never had sex with her the first place and cheated on her during Homecoming.) A week later, the strike still wasn't working, and to make things worse, Lissa was falling for Cash (again. First time was when she and Randy broke up before the summer; Lissa spent time with Cash, kissed him and gave him her number, but Cash never called her). Cash then revealed that the guys were getting organized and fighting back. So basically, now it's girls vs. boys. (For like one-fifth of the book.) Throughout the book, there was one consistent topic; that's right, you guessed it, sex. I'm appalled on how loosely the term was thrown around between the girls. True, Shut Out is right, girls get judged if they enjoy sex a little too much or if they have too much of it unlike the guys. The thing is, the girls in Shut Out are younger than me, maybe around my age, and I (I don't know about other high school students) don't talk about sex so loosely and lightly. Hell, if I brought up the sex topic in my group of friends, they'll probably stare at me weirdly and walk away like I've caught a very bad cold. I think Kody Keplinger dramatized the topic of sex between high school girls a little too much. I don't know if it's because my high school very strictly focuses on academics and very little else (I attend a New York City specialized high school where you have to take a very hard selective test to get into. Not even exaggerating.), but the constant girl talk about sex situation doesn't seem very realistic to me. Sure, Kody Keplinger wrote about a realistic hard topic, but if the topic doesn't really fit the scene it's in, it's just plain awkward. Also, I should be drooling over Cash in Shut Out. I mean, he has everything I ever wanted in a guy: the looks, the love for books, and the determination to make the girl he likes notice him. The thing is, I don't really feel for him. Sure, what he does is sweet (supporting and helping Lissa with the rivalry issue, working along with Lissa in the library to gain her attention, reassuring her when Randy cheated on her), but I didn't really like Cash for some unexplainable reason. To me Cash was an empty character; he was just there. I mean, don't get me wrong, the romance between Lissa and Cash is very cute, but I just don't feel for him. I've never read Kody Keplinger's The Duff yet, which people claim is really good, but I don't think I'll check it out anytime soon after reading Shut Out. To me, Shut Out is one of those cliche sex talk books dealing with high school students. It also doesn't help that Shut Out isn't really realistic. ohdambooks: shut out