ABOUT: 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 “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I can’t count how many times I’ve seen THE DUFF while browsing books in Borders and just passed it by. Designated Ugly Fat Friend? I was that girl in high school, why would I want to read about it? So I passed by it, not even bothering to read what it was about. But then I read someone’s review on a blog posting and I actually saw what it was about. After I read the synopsis, the book was all I could think about. I had to get it NOW. So, on my lunch break I went to Borders and snatched the last copy.
I literally read this in one sitting—well, on the car ride, during lunch break, on the way home, and finished it at home. That counts, right?
I LOVED it. I laughed, cried and more than anything, Kody’s writing is raw, and right on target. If you don’t want to read about sex, don’t touch this book with a ten foot pole, but if you want honesty, this is it. She hits it right on the nose. I knew a Wesley, heck, everyone does and most girls have messed around with one. Kody may or may not like hearing this, but from one young person to another, (I may not be 17 and publishing, but I’ve been in entertainment since I could open my mouth) but the fact that she’s her age and published is pretty awesome.
This is an amazing breakout novel. It’s real and heartwarming, and funny as hell. Bianca is hilarious and her interactions with Wes always make me smile. Plus, it’s awesome to see a guy like him and how he isn’t as perfect as people think.
If you’re not a big ‘reader’ than you’ll love it. It’s smooth and quick and a pure addiction. I want to read it over and over.
Go out and buy it, don’t wait—you’ve waited long enough if you still haven’t read this book!
For more information on Kody Keplinger, visit her website: www.kodykeplinger.com
and blog: kodymekellkeplinger.blogspot.com
Next review will be on Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles