Publication Date: September 7th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 270 pages
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.
I really liked The Duff. I didn’t have high expectations going into it. I was mostly iffy because of the title and the beginning of the book because of a certain event that takes place. It’s something that the main character does that I didn’t think was entirely realistic. But I soon got over that, and all was good. I really enjoyed the characters in this novel, especially Bianca and Wesley. I thought they were both fairly relateable in their own ways and the playful banter between the two was pretty funny. The development for both characters was fantastic and made the ending pretty much perfect for me.
This book is pretty straight forward in it’s message, and I think a lot of that is due to the fact that the main character is very straight forward herself. It wasn’t overly cute either, which I thought was refreshing for a young adult novel. Not that I’m making a complaint toward cutesy books, because I love them just as much as books that aren’t. It was just different, and different is refreshing sometimes.
Overall I really liked this book and would recommend it. It was a pretty quick read and was very enjoyable. If you’re looking to read this based on the movie trailer (like I did, because I hadn’t heard a whole lot about this book beforehand) then I will warn you that it is a bit different than the trailer alludes.