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 was afraid to read Shut Out because friend of mine was disappointed after reading it. But I'm happy that I read it - it was refreshing novel in the flood of young adult fiction. I recommend this book to all teen girls, and to some girls over twenties, who have some issues with sex and what is expected of them when it comes to it. Ending is the only thing that I was... how to put it...sarcastic, maybe? I know you writers want to make us satisfied, so, obviously, you give us happy endings. But in the real life, things don't end that way. Girl who sleeps with more boys than it's by some twisted social standards acceptable is still a slut, and guy doing the same thing is the man. But most unnerving thing is this - girls are the biggest enemies to each other - they are first to call someone slut or whore or easy. They hide the truth about their sex lives, they are feeding all those double standards instead to fight them.
So, my dear girls all around the world, stop acting like f***ing prudes! We all love sex! We are all doing it! Next time, don't stand on sidelines and let someone judge a girl you know because she sleeps with her boyfried (it's normal! What? Like you are just going to stare into each other eyes for a whole year? Get serious, please!)
My rating: 5/5