Author: Kody Keplinger
Published: September 7, 2010
Rating: 5 flowers
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.
THE DUFF is an emotional, thrilling ride that will leave your eyes glued to every page.
I was so excited when I received this book in the mail! I had heard mixed reviews on it so I was dying to see for myself if THE DUFF was going to be worth the read. And trust me, it was!
The writing style in the beginning made my eyes wonder off but it quickly picked up and became very hard to put down. THE DUFF is a well paced book. Not too slow and not too fast. I loved the premise for the book. Seventeen year old Bianca self-perceives herself as "The DUFF" when major hottie Wesley refers her by "Duffy" at a club. After that, Bianca can't seem to get the name out of her head. She ends up using him (in a sexual sense) as an escape from reality but ends up falling for him, only adding to the problems she's trying to escape from.
Even though Bianca is hilarious, cynical and has an awesome sense of sarcasm, I didn't like her that much. I think the fact that she cursed almost every two pages did it in for me. I mean, I understand with her situation it was kind of to be expected, but I thought it was a little too much. She still was a realistic character to me. I couldn't relate to everything about her but I still found myself knowing exactly what she was going through.
Wesley on the other hand, was my favorite character! He was definitely swoon-worthy!
Overall, THE DUFF was an amazing book that surpasses the other young adult books out there because it deals with some of the real issues young adults actually go through. I think Kody Keplinger's writing style is beautifully done and very desriptive. Being a teen herself sure did give her an upperhand on mastering all the teen issues perfectly. She wasn't afraid to write about the topics that are barely even mentioned in other young adult novels; like alcoholism, insecurities and sex. I loved THE DUFF with a passion and I am looking forward to more of Kody Keplinger's work!
*Received from Poppy/Little Brown for an honest review.*