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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. Goodreads.com 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 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: www.kodykeplinger.com.

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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 (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read DUFF earlier this week and immediately wanted to read more from from Kody Keplinger. I'm so glad I did. Shut Out is set in the same high school as Duff but with a whole new set of characters. I'm not gonna lie, I was kinda hoping that some of the main characters from DUFF would make a cameo appearance but unfortunately they did not.
Oh well. I really did enjoy Shut Out and thought the subject matter was kinda risque for a YA book. Yet, even though sex is not traditionally talked about in YA I thought Shut Out did a really good job handling the subject. It felt very realistic of typical high school situations.
I can't wait to read more from Kody Keplinger and would recommend this book for fans of mature YA
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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.

From GrowingUpYA dot Blogspot dot Com
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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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