Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Challenges: Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 5 stars
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.
So I have no idea how I waited so long to read The Duff by Kody Keplinger. It was basically the most adorable book I have ever read in my life, and another fabulous book from the wonderful Kody Keplinger.
For the first few chapters of the book, I was like this is cute, but I don’t get why everyone just completely raves about it. I guess that should be a rule – Never underestimate Kody Keplinger. Soon, I was not able to put down The Duff for a moment. I just had to know what was going to happen next and how everything would fall into place.
I loved the focus on friendship in The Duff. Bianca, Jess, and Casey are such great friends, and so much of the book was solely focusing on that, which was awesome. I loved Casey – she was so funny. The plot of The Duff is seriously so much fun. There were so many moments where I sat her aw-ing, because I am pretty certain nothing could get more adorable.
Bianca was a character that I think every girl can relate to in some way. Over the course of the book Kody Keplinger sends a really positive message to girls. Wesley, oh Wesley. When I started reading, I sat there thinking to myself “He is not on my favorite boy list. What a jerk!” That shortly changed, and Wesley is definitely on my top list of book boys. I just loved him. He was such a complex character with such an interesting story.
The Duff is one freakin’ awesome book from Kody Keplinger. I did not want to put it down – I was so caught up in the story. With this book, Kody Keplinger has added herself to the list of authors I will read anything they write. The Duff was just an amazing book, and if you haven’t read it yet, don’t delay. You’ll regret it :) Basically, I just loved this book so so much, and cannot wait to see what Kody Keplinger whips up next.