Title: The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date/Publisher: September 7th 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy
Finished: March 24th 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought:
Totally not what I was expecting! I haven’t seen the movie but I guess after seeing the trailer for it I thought this book was going to be something else. Honestly I really did like it.
Her friends seemed like they would be super popular and mean but I never got that impression while reading. I don’t think popularity was even mentioned in this book thankfully, it’s said way too much in teen books these days. You would think that after Bianca finds out about her being the DUFF there would be a total war between her and her friends, but that’s not the case. Her two friends are actually really nice and there for her and don’t consider her a Duff at all, which I actually thought was really great. Yay for good friends! I wouldn’t mind both of them on my side, especially since Jess is always such a happy person.
Wesley was different as well and Bianca and him pretty much used each other for most of the book. And by that I mean sex, and a lot of it actually. Not explicit for those wondering. That was the most unexpected part, but somehow it worked and they both had each other to deal with things. Maybe not in the right way at first, but aside from him being with other women a lot he seemed like he wasn’t too bad.
Bianca’s family issue was probably what hit me the most. The thing with Bianca’s parents was so emotional and I really felt for her. Especially when her father gets back into something and something else happens one night. I don’t want to say too much but that really shook me up. If you’ve read it you’ll know what scene I mean. One good thing is that I never truly hated any of her parents, they were frustrating at times but that was because of how Bianca talked about them. They really were trying hard, especially her dad after a while.
So while this book wasn’t what I thought it would be I actually had a good time reading it, even the few times it made me cry. Definitely one to read!