Book Review, Books

The DUFF – Kody Keplinger

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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.

So the reason why I was interested in this book was because I liked the look of the movie, but from what I saw of the movie this is nothing like that which didn’t really bother me or change my thoughts on this book. I loved it, this book was just what I needed a contemporary. I loved the plot it is one we have all heard of and for the most of us we all love, and this was no different I loved Wesley and Bianca and all the other characters in this series. I did have 2 problems with the book, one of them were fixed by the end of the book but it still was a little problem for me.

I really liked the character of Bianca and although she was sleeping with Wesley she still hated him but she did like him at the same time. It was really amusing to see that dynamic at work and how they managed to talk about things that they wouldn’t talk about with other people, because who best to tell than the person you call your enemy who you won’t have anything to do with in public? I did feel a little disappointed in the representation of the friendship between Jessica, Casey and Bianca at times I felt like it was just there for the sake of being there and it soon became all too important about Wesley and that’s all that mattered to her. Thankfully that soon changed when she ended things for a bit I’d like to think things wouldn’t have gone back to the same thing.

Wesley was a character you knew on the outside was going to be a jerk but deep down knew he was hurting, although didn’t know the reason that is usually the case that they are hurting. I liked that at times he could confide in Bianca and actually talk to someone about what was going off. I also loved how he defended her in a certain situation I am not going to say what that was because of spoilers.

Now my two problems with the book.

Like with all books, parental responsibility seems to be lacking and this is a bug bear slightly because we all know in the real world it wouldn’t be possible. Bianca’s mum is absent for a while until she comes back, Casey’s dad didn’t want anything to do with them, Jessica’s parents divorced. Wesley doesn’t even see his parents, it’s like they just don’t want to have parents around. I’d like to say Bianca had some parental responsibility but her dad turned a bit in the middle of the book which again spoilers. Wesley was my main issue, he also had a sister who lived with their grandma but the grandma didn’t want him which was horrible. In the end of the book Wesley does tell his parents he wants them to come home, but the fact a teenager has to say that in the first place is kind of sad and tragic.

My next problem, sex. Don’t get me wrong we all know some teenagers have sex, but it was like EVERY teenager in this book was having sex which of course isn’t the case. I’ll give Kody Keplinger her dues she was making them all use protection and was aware of pregnancy and STD risks they were all having protected sex. But I just felt like some of the sex wasn’t needed like obviously it was the main storyline between Wesley and Bianca but almost EVERYONE was having sex except the adults, and it totally just felt like a stereotypical representation of it.

Other than those two minor problems which were slightly addressed, I really liked this book and I am definitely going to be reading some more of Kody Keplinger’s books because as much as I had those 2 issues I loved the story and the plot!

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