The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This is a 2010 debut. I thought the premise of this book was interesting. However, I am not sure what I think about Bianca. I know it sounds strange. It was a very well written book. The characters seemed very real and believable. Bianca has a lot of problems at home and the way Kepler brings it across makes the reader feel bad for Bianca as well as for Wesley.
This book is a very fast read and it does have a good message I think at the heart of it. The dialogue is strong and the interaction between the characters is good. I enjoyed Bianca’s wit and her give-the-world-the-finger attitude on most things.
I have noticed that this seems to be a love it or hate it book for most people. I didn’t love or hate it personally. I liked it, but I wish I could have loved it. For me, there was something almost lacking, not sure I can’t quite put my finger on it. I would read another book by Keplinger and I would encourage others to give this book a shot.
Over all rating
*** 3 out of 5 stars
I didn’t like the cover art very much, I didn’t think it went along with the book somehow.
What parents need to know
There is a lot of sex in this book, though it is not graphic.