Published by Little Brown/Poppy on September 7th 2010
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, Dating & Sex, High School, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
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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.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is a quick and easy read about Bianca Piper who gets called the DUFF by the school hottie Wesley Rush who talks to her in hopes of getting with one of her hot best friends. This episode starts the book and the relationship between the two main characters.View Spoiler » After reading the novel, I am still up in the air about how I feel for Bianca as the heroine. On one hand, I felt for the character and sympathized with her and her family issues. As well as her insecurities of being considered the DUFF and called that repeatedly by Wesley. While on the other hand, I disliked how while dealing with her problems she starts being a bad friend to Casey and Jessica, and though Wesley is an ass for insulting her, she’s not nice to him either by using him for an escape. Bianca is also very emotional. Though she protests that she doesn’t care what others think of her, she does. She cares a lot that Wesley calls her a DUFF. She is also responds to things going on with her family by going to Wesley for sex or just to spend time with him though she says she hates him. Throughout the book, I was still debating whether I was liking it or not. The last few chapters redeemed this book for me and are what gave it three stars. I loved Wesley’s letter and the fact that he admitted first that he liked her. He was a jerk in the novel, but it’s in the last few chapters where we learn, like Bianca, he acted a certain way because he couldn’t deal with his family issues. However, with Bianca calling him out on his behavior, he gets the resolve to reach out to his parents. I liked that development in his character. Though as an aside… Wesley tells Bianca he knows she’s in love with him, but I don’t think he ever tells her that he loves her. Other things about the ending I liked are that Bianca and Wesley decide to go for an actual relationship, at a slower pace, and were able to still be themselves together. That Bianca told Wesley how she felt when he still called her Duffy, which I was waiting for most of the book. Though Bianca’s epiphany about how everyone was a Duff and that her being fine being called one now seemed rushed for me. All the issues/conflicts in the novel just tied themselves all together in a bow in the last few chapters. I love happy endings, so no qualms about that, but I think it came together all too quickly for me. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, it was an okay read and if you’re interested in watching the movie or have (which I have not seen, but may now after reading the book) it’d be fun to read to see the differences/similarities. 🙂