Title: The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
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.
The DUFF is a contemporary novel written by Kody Keplinger. The DUFF follows seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper, a witty teen with two amazing best friends. Her home life is falling apart which just adds to her problems. To escape from these problems, she turns to someone she never thought she would.
The main character Bianca was a very confusing character. Her thoughts and actions were all over the place, it was hard to keep up. One thing that bothered me near the beginning of the novel was how Bianca used mental illnesses as adjectives. For example, when she felt sad, she used the term “depressed.” This stopped after the first quarter or so of the book, so I did not let it affect my rating too much. Bianca really annoyed me because she ditched her great friends for a boy she was not sure how she felt about, started to develop a meaningful relationship with him, and then ditched him and ran back to her friends. I somewhat understood her reasoning, but most of the time I was left confused by her actions. She was also very jumpy/confusing when it came to her relationships, and yes I now she is a teenager, but she just could not make up her mind and she was constantly denying and contradicting herself.
Two characters that “saved” the story for me were Bianca’s best friends Casey and Jessica. They were so fun to have in the story. They were such loyal and supportive friends, I don’t know what Bianca would have done without them.
Wesley was a character that I had mixed feelings for. At the beginning, I was convinced that he was a total jerk (which he was). By the end, I thought he was so sweet. He changed into a better person as a result of being with Bianca. They truly cared for each other (well, him for her) which is why Bianca’s attitude towards him sometimes bothered me.
My favourite parts of the book were when Bianca and her two best friends would hang out. Their slightly different personalities and just their dynamic was so enjoyable to read about.
I definitely enjoyed this book more than Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (click here to read my two star review). The DUFF had a better plot, and it was cheesy (in a good way). unlike Shut Out.
If you’re looking for a quick contemporary read with a realistic/amazing female friendship, a differing/sometimes cute romance, and an indecisive main character, I recommend checking out The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!
Happy reading and have a lovely day!🌻
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