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.
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.
My Rating: 4/5
Ever since I read The DUFF almost a year ago Shut Out has been at the very top of my wishlist. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it though.
Whilst I did enjoy this book, I didn't think it was as good as The DUFF. The protagonist was the main reason for this. Lissa was very uptight and controlling. For the first part of the novel, this annoyed me but towards the end she reminded me of Monica from Friends.
My favourite character was probably Cash as he was just an all round good guy. I had a hard time distinguishing between all the other secondardy characters as I felt like they didn't have strong enough personalities to separate themselves.
I really like the author's writing style. It is honest and you can tell she relates to what she is writing about. I will definitely be reading any other books she writes.