It is time for yet another book review. this week it is the turn of Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. So, without further ado, let’s do this!
Keplinger is really growing on me as an author. I have read her book The DUFF twice and really enjoyed it both times but that was the only one of her books that I have read before Shut Out. and I am so pleased by Shut Out.
I openly admit that this book was pretty predictable and a bit shallow at times but it really packed a punch. What I really like about Keplinger’s books is how they don’t skirt around the subject of sex. They contain some of the most honest portrayals of sex that I have seen in YA books. usually authors shy away from the topic or if they do address it, don’t really portray it accurately. Especially when it is teenagers that are involved. Keplinger isn’t afraid to actually tell it how it is. To be honest about teenagers having sex. About them not waiting for ‘the one’ like most YA book do. This is something that I loved in The DUFF and I was so glad that it was the whole topic of Shut Out.
I loved how this book normalised teenagers having sex and actually challenged the views towards it. She talked about the double standards for boy and girls, how girls are sluts while boys are studs. And I think that that is so important. I really appreciated that. I also liked how this book talked about it being normal to not enjoy sex when you are a teen but also normal to enjoy it. how it is normal to be having sex but also normal to still be a virgin. How it is normal to be with 1 person or to be with 20. How normal is just normal and everyone is different. I think that this is such an important message to be sending to teenagers. I wish I had someone to tell me this when I was a teenager instead of having to figure it out on my own.
I also really appreciated the fact that this book was all about girls empowering themselves and taking control of their bodies. Too often in YA books (and real life if we are being honest) guys call the shots and girls just go along with it. but not in this book. Girls took a stand and stood up for what they believe in. I will say that things did get a bit manipulative towards the end, but, teenagers. It was an accurate representation of teens and teen hormones.
I do wish that there had been some LGBTQA+ representation in this book. I think that this book had the potential for some brilliant rep. I just think that this story could have been perfect for some rep. I do also kind of wish that the secondary romance didn’t happen as I felt like it undermined the theme of the book a little, but they were cute. I’ll give them that.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and thought that it contained some brilliant messages for teens. I am glad that I decided to pick it up and I will 100% be reading more of Keplinger’s books.
4 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read any of Keplinger’s books? what did you think about them? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.