Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

By: Kody Keplinger
Source: Bought E-book
Released: September 7, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from kodykeplinger.com)

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), by Kody Keplinger, is the refreshing and edgy story of Bianca Piper who finds herself falling for the womanizing Wesley. Bianca is given the nickname "Duffy" by Wesley, because when compared to her two best friends, she does not feel all that pretty. Bianca is also dealing with some trouble at home and all she is looking for is an escape, which just so happens to be Wesley. She begins a no strings attached sexual relationship with Wesley and Bianca soon finds her life spinning even more out of control.

A great aspect of The DUFF is the relationships between Bianca and her two best friends, Casey and Jessica. Although Bianca does not feel that she is pretty enough when with them, Casey and Jessica think of themselves as "The Duff." Each of the three girls is distinctly different, but balance one another equally.

The DUFF takes an honest and realistic look at high school, touching on issues such as sex, gossip, and alcohol abuse. The character of Bianca is a hilariously cynical realist who doesn't believe in finding love in high school. Bianca has many insecurities and learns overtime that she isn't the only teenage girl who feels that way. The DUFF was a great book that I found nearly impossible to put down once I started.

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