Friday, August 19, 2011

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Released: Sept. 2010

Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 / 5

     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.

     Okay, I LOVED this book. It was very realistic. I've seen so many bad reviews because of "sex scenes". It's not like Forever or Anatomy of a Boyfriend. The book doesn't even go into detail, it just implies what they did or are going to do. There was only, like, one scene where the detail was a little ehhh, but even that wasn't that bad. Most of the reviews say that they would have liked it if it wasn't for the sex. I think that is absolutely ridiculous. This is a realistic book. Teenagers do have sex.  You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise. Teenager curse, they use inappropriate
 language with reckless abandon, and they don't care. As sad as it is, that is how teenagers act. However, Kody Keplinger portrays all of this in the best way possible.
     I love the start of Wesley and Bianca's story. When Wesley Rush chats her up at a club, she isn't to happy about. She has a picture of him in her mind that she isn't willing to give up. In her mind, Wesley Rush is a skeezy, disgusting man-whore. Wesley Rush has a rather rude opinion about Bianca, too. This is where we first hear "The DUFF". The Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Wesley is in no way being discreet when he tells her he's only chatting her up to look good in front of her "hot" best friends. Needless to say, Bianca was VERY offended. So much so that she throws her cherry coke in his face.
     After that incident, Bianca finds herself face-to-face with Mr. Rush quite often. She has no hesitations about telling him just how much she hate him. The arguments between the two is quite amusing. His endless taunts, her sassy remarks, and them ignoring what they are really feeling. It all makes for a VERY good book. It's cute, funny, and awesome. I would  reccommend this book to older teens because of the language and the content, but overall it's fantastic.


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