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Friday, January 24, 2014

(Audio)Book Review | Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Performed by: Kate Reinders
Publication: September 5th, 2011
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Source: ARCycling (Thanks Jennifer!)

Rating: 4 out 5 stars


Synopsis: 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 or haze a freshman. 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. 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. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming. In this hilarious and romantic reimagining of Aristophanes Lysistrata, the battle of boys against girls is on.


Review: This was the first audiobook that I listened to all the way through. I have tried audiobooks before in the past and I couldn't finish them. It wasn't the story, it was always the voice. I had requested this one during an Arcycling event not realizing it was an audiobook, but I was happy to give it a try anyways. I ended up really enjoying this one, not only because of the story but I loved the voice as well. 

The story was, as described above, a classic boys against girls type of story. I felt that the characters and the rivalry was portrayed accurately and was entertaining to read about. The story takes place in high school, and feels like high school. At times, the immaturity of the characters was a bit young for me and I found myself withdrawing from the story, but I still enjoyed the book. I liked that while there was romance in the book, it wasn't a main focal point and it didn't take over the storyline. 

One of the best parts about this book is the voice that read it to me. Kate Reinder is fantastic and I can say that I would definitely listen to another book she reads. I felt that her voice fit Lissa perfectly and it felt like she was just talking to me over coffee and telling me her story. I don't think I would have liked this book as much as I did if Kate hadn't been the one to tell me the story. 

With spring and summer approaching, I would recommend picking this book up. This book is the perfect light, quick read (or listen). I've heard good things about Kody Keplinger, especially The DUFF and I look forward to picking that one up in the upcoming spring/summer season. 


Let's chat: Did you read (or listen to) this one, if so, what'd you think of it? Have you read any of Kody Keplinger's novels? Have you ever been in a boys vs. girls rivalry? Who won?









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