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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: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kody Keplinger was only 17 when she wrote her debut novel, THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), which was an ALA 2011 Quick Picks selection. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky, where she began her writing career. When she isn't writing, she enjoys going to the theater, hanging out in bookstores, and eating Thai food. Kody currently lives in New York City, where she can do all of those things regularly. You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website:

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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

Customer Reviews

While this is a young adult book I would recommend that you be an older teen to read it.
Dark Faerie Tales
Even though I didn't enjoy DUFF, all of the other books I've read by Kody have been great and I'm really looking forward to her next ones.
Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
Once again, Kody has created an amazing story and really portrayed teenaged life in a realistic light.
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13 of 16 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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7 of 8 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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Book Eater on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You know there's something wrong with a book when the boys are falling all over themselves for the main character and you're wondering why.
I guess Lissa was okay at first. For the first half, maybe. But then she turned into this huge caricature who just lost all intelligence and became obsessed with winning the "war" and finding every pretext to feel sorry for herself. I am aware not all teenagers are sensible, responsible beings. I do, however, like to actually feel something other than annoyance for a book narrator. Which is sadly all that I felt here.

Another qualm I have about this book: it felt like a giant feminist manifesto.
Let me explain. I don't know if you've ever read one of Kody's blog articles, but she heavily denounces the disparity between males and females when talking about sex. And I do like her blog posts. I agree with her whole-heartedly, it really is unfair. BUT, as a reader, I really don't need to be lectured all the way through the novel. I do understand that literature is one of the ways you can change people's mentality, but in this case, it was so completely blatant that I felt I was reading the author's views more than the character's. Which is a shame, really, as I would have loved reading a book delivering the same content, with, you know. Craft and subtlety.

I was actually going to give this one 2 stars, but Lissa managed to heighten my frustration to such spectacular levels at the end that I just couldn't even give it that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Hicks on November 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I fell in love with Keplinger's The DUFF, so I had to read her newest story Shut Out. I was not disappointed! The story is about Lissa who is having trouble with her quarterback boyfriend who is caught in a decade long rivalry between the football team and the soccer team. After a few injuries due to pranks and quality time lost between couples, Lissa decides to put an end to the rivalry and get's all the football girlfriends together to propose a sex strike.

Besides the sex strike Lissa has other problems in her life, like a small attraction to a very attractive and charming Cash Sterling (God even his name is amazing) who is a player on the soccer team.

The book starts off slow and I was wondering where things were headed, but things certainly pick up. The homecoming dance had two of the biggest shockers of the book. One I saw coming and the other one came completely out of left field. I couldn't turn my electronic pages fast enough.

The ending was great and I have already re-read the book again, that's how much I enjoyed it! I do recommend both Keplinger's 'The DUFF' and this story 'Shut Out'
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