Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Number of Pages: 228

Rating: 4/5
The Duff 
(Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
    Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. 

Recently I've been in a reading rut, but The Duff pulled me right out of it.
I loved this book. The main and sub characters, the wording and the flow of the book were fantastic. 
Bianca is a girl I would enjoy sitting down with and talking to. She was not ditzy or too stubborn, and she's not afaird to tell it how it is. I promise you throughout the whole story you'll be rooting for her. 
Another person you'll be rooting for is Wesley. Ah, Wesley Rush. The guy is smoking hot, a player, a flirt and not to mention, he's RICH but the reason why you'll love him is because of how he treats his baby sister, Amy, and Bianca. Not to mention beneath all the playa-playa attitude is someone whose hurting. Like Bianca, Wesley doesn't seem to have the picture perfect family. 
Now let me just tell you, this book has some very smexy moments. One in a janitor's closet by the way.
There was only one part where I was shaking the book a bit with frustration. It had to deal with Bianca and her relationship with her two best friends, Jessica and Casey- who by the way you will also enjoy reading about.
All that aside what I loved most about the book was the message it sent about labels, specifically the Duff. I have at moments felt like the Duff on many occasions, but now that I know a sarcastic and cynical girl like Bianca is a duff as well, I feel much better.
I am telling you right now. You will love this book. Go read it. Now.


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