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I really enjoyed this book, as it was fun and light and was a good laugh. Scottish Daily Record A fantastic debut - I can't wait to read more. Expect to be recommending The DUFF to friends for years to come. Romantic Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), during her senior year of high school. The DUFF was a New York Times bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website:


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316175552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316175555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kentucky-born Kody Keplinger's earliest memory is sitting at an old typewriter, pressing random keys as she told her mother the story she thought she was writing. Once she actually learned to spell, the writing never stopped. She wrote her first published novel, THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) at the age of 17, during her senior year of high school. Since then she has written two more books for teens (SHUT OUT, A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE) and one book for middle grade readers (THE SWIFT BOYS & ME). She currently lives in New York City with her dog and a giant children's book collection. When she isn't writing, Kody is probably teaching a writing workshop or watching TV. You can learn more at

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Five Stars: This is an important book that young adult girls should read as it discusses candidly and tactfully the taboo subject of sex.

For some reason when I began my e book Shut Out I mistakenly thought I was reading a book about football. Instead I was surprised to find a book dealing with teenage sexuality. I applaud Ms. Keplinger's efforts with this book. She tackles a challenging issue not only for teenage girls but also adult women. She opens the door to the subject with candor and tact. This is certainly a book that mothers and daughters could read together and talk over. Though this book deals with a heavy topic it is done discreetly. There are no graphic sex scenes. Instead it is about a group of girls who band together and form a pact to withhold any type of sexual activity from their boyfriends to bring about the end of an ongoing school feud involving the football and soccer teams. Along the way they gain a new understanding regarding sexuality and learn something about themselves.

What I Liked:
*Lissa, our protagonist. She is a complex teenage girl. She is obsessive compulsive and insecure. What I appreciated most was her maturation. She slowly discovers that sex is a personal experience for everyone. What is right for one person may not work for another. Deciding to have sex or remain a virgin is a private decision. No one can be categorized as weird or normal based on their preference. She finally learns that it is her choice. Such an important message that everyone should heed.
*Chloe, at first she came across as the slutty, bad girl but there is so much more to her character. She is comfortable in her sexuality and not afraid to show it, regardless of what people think or say about her.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashelynn Hetland on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
SHUT OUT is more than a book about a sex strike. Sure, if you had to analyze this book in a lit class, one of the themes would be sex. It plays a large role in this book, but it's Kody Keplinger. She deals with taboo subjects and I'll pick up any book by her because of that. She's not afraid to write what others shy away from.

I did like this book. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, and I found a lot of things annoying and unrealistic. I felt that the characters weren't as developed as they could be--oh my god, I found Lissa and Chloe annoying. Especially Lissa. Which is horrible because she's the main character.

Let's look at Lissa's character traits:

1. She can't relax. Except Cash makes her relaxed. (EYEROLL. Of course the love interest does.)

2. She's really dull. It took me almost a week to read this novel and I think one of the bigger reasons is because of Lissa. I felt like I was talking to a robot at times.

3. Her constant need to tell her dad to eat a salad or that he can only eat a salad. Because he needs to lose weight. Did... she not research this or just assumed? You lose weight from eating the right amount of calories or less calories than usual. So you don't eat that chocolate cake you've been wanting to. Or you eat a steak. There's all these various foods because our body needs the nutrition they give us. If you eat salad every day, that's not good for you. There's a reason why there's a food pyramid.

I also found Cash ridiculous. He's a tease because he doesn't date girls, or do anything with them. How can I say this without spoiling it? Hm... Cash is like almost every stereotype fictional boy. He's "hard to get" but lo and behold, somebody finally manages to snag him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Feliz on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Shut Out, like many of my favorite books, made its way into my life because of fate/destiny. Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic, but I never expected to come across it the way I did. I was attending a Young Adult author panel (mentioned here) where Kody Keplinger read a passage from her novel, which she explained was a modern retelling of Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

She had me at Aristophanes.

I knew the premise of Lysistrata and I was excited to see how Keplinger would modernize the tale and make it her own. Let me tell you, she didn't disappoint. The book turned out to be such a refreshing and fun read. I'll go ahead and warn you, though (especially if you're not familiar with Lysistrata) that the novel revolves around SEX, SEX and more SEX.

Cover your ears, children ;D

I thought Keplinger did a really great job of bringing this type of story to life. I appreciate that she breached a subject that is frequently acknowledged, but never fully discussed, in YA lit. (Touchy, I know!) And she does it in a way that doesn't come off as preachy or judgmental.

She even goes so far as to touch on the double standard that exists between men and women. You know the one! I believe Christina Aguilera said it best:

"If you look back in history it's a common double standard of society. The guy gets all the glory, the more he can score, while the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore"

Mm-hm, Sistah!

All jokes aside, Keplinger brings up a great point. At the end of the day sex is a choice. It's YOUR choice and there isn't a right or wrong answer.

So, thank you Kody, for allowing your novel to act as a spark for realistic, and sometimes even difficult, conversation.

A trait all good books should be in possession of.

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