Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 7, 2010
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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 was a super quick and easy read, which I LOVE! But more importantly, The DUFF dug into some pretty intense and kind of taboo high school issues. These are a lot of the things that we think about, but may not say out loud.
- Am I the ugly one in my group of friends?
- Is there something wrong with me or are we all just figuring stuff out?
- Am I a slut?
- Are friends-with-benefits relationships okay?
The DUFF is an awesome read for anyone, but particularly for people who are in high school (or college) and trying to get their shit together. If you feel awkward, different, unsure, or out of place, this book will rock your universe!
The only reason I gave The DUFF 4 stars and not any higher is because Bianca did get a little annoying towards the end. She started ignoring her totally obvious feels and I hate it when characters do that. That’s about when I start yelling at the main character through the book… literally. View Spoiler » [She started dating another guy even though she KNEW she actually liked Wesley instead. I hated this because it was annoying, but also because it was totally unfair to the other guy. She thought this other guy sounded perfect on paper, but she KNEW she didn’t have a spark with him. There was no chemistry. AND SHE KNEW THAT! But she kept stringing the poor guy along anyway. Grr. « Hide Spoiler]
The DUFF is an awesome airplane book (that’s where I read it!). It’s super quick (only 280 pages) and totally happening. It’s also a good book to read if you’re in a bit of a slump. The DUFF will pull you out for sure! Just follow the light!