Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review: The DUFF

GoodReads Description: 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 "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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: This one took me by surprise. But I guess I should've expected to enjoy it. Bianca is abrasive, snippy, and let's be honest, kind of a beotch. I can totally emphathize with Bianca. We'd be friends, for sure. I think every girl has felt like the DUFF at some point in her life before. Insecurity is a part of growing up (and even after that.) Seriously though, you guys. I'd never heard of a DUFF before, but I'd be heinous, too, if a guy ever addressed me by that term!

Bianca is an awesome, ballsy character. And what an amazingly honest portrayal of a teen. I distinctly remember having a ridiculous potty mouth like her, having a bad attitude like her, and never thinking I was good enough. Sure she dropped a few hundred F bombs, but so what? That's her. That's her personality. She's got a lot to be frustrated about: problems on the homefront, a seemingly unattainable goal to date the school's cute smarty-pants valedictorian, and two drop dead gorgeous BFFs who make her completely insignificant, physically. Yeah, I can imagine you'd want to four-letter-word it up a little bit to blow off some steam.

The connection between Wesley and Bianca was interesting. I don't know how believable the plot scheme was, but, hey! That's why they call it fiction. I frickin' loved it. Even though Wesley was a grade A jerkface, I kept rooting for them to work it out. Especially when their friends-with-benefitship started to solidify and it was obvious that these two had stronger feelings for one another than just a booty call. I'd like to believe that NO girl would hook up with a guy who affectionately called her fat and ugly on a consistant basis, though. That part really upset me. But, again, these things really do happen. Bianca was aware that what she was doing was completely twisted and scorned herself for it. She's flawed, and that's okay.

I really liked Wesley's character development. He grew from an arrogant a-hole to an arrogant a-hole who learned the repercussions of his actions and showed potential to become a future decent human being.

If you're cool with harsh female leads who are awesomely smart-mouthed, witty verbal sparring, and a hefty amount of borderline adult romance-worthy touchy-feely scenes, by all means... pick up this deliciously edgy book. I love Kody Keplinger's writing style and finished this book in less than 24 hours. Not to mention she's 19, so she knows wtf she's talking about as a teen. My little sister is 19 and hasn't yet blasted out a book of sheer badazzness like Kody has. Blows my mind everytime I think about it.

As far as stars? Four for you! You go, Glen Coco....er, Kody Keplinger!

Oh come on, you know you love the Mean Girls ref.

Rating: 4/5

Series: Most likely not, according to the author.
Source: I received this ARC from Tara at Fiction Folio (thank you, Tara!)
Published: Little Brown/Poppy, 288 pages (September 7, 2010)

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  1. Wesley's development was really fun to watch, and B was an awesomely sarcastic cahracter, I loved it.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I didn't want to read this one but boy was I wrong! I loved it and both characters could come off totally inlikeable but I was in love with both Biance and Wesely.

  3. That would be "un"likeable ...hehe

  4. and Bianca & Wesley - OMG - did I forget how to spell today??

  5. Great review! I agree that I really enjoyed this one. I also like the Mean Girls reference you added to the end.