Thursday, 17 May 2012

"The Duff" by Kody Keplinger

Description from the book:
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper knows she's not the hottest girl at school, but when school jock and resident moron Wesley casually refers to her as a Duff - Designated Ugly Fat Friend - the gloves are off! If there's a thin line between love and hate then Bianca has crossed it. She just never thought she was capable of breaking anyone's heart...

I never thought this one would come out in the UK, but eventually it did and I'm very pleased. The Duff was a great book, full of laughs, hot guys and advice. Bianca was refreshing - I'm not used to reading books with main characters like her in them. She was sassy, realistic, witty, and she wasn't afraid of being herself. Yet, this also hid her insecurities about herself, which loads of girls have, and when Wesley really plays on those insecurities, well, "the gloves are off!".
Her best friends, Jessica and Casey, were nice and likable, but I didn't understand why Bianca felt she had to keep so much from them. She knew she wasn't perfect, but the way she kept secrets from them made me think she thought she had to be...? Anyway, at first I thought Wesley was awful too, but my heart thawed like Bianca's did. I'm glad it wasn't instant either, because that would have been totally unrealistic. Their relationship was weird at first, but then it got better, and then she started going out with another guy, but I don't really understand what she liked about him, or why they were together, really. He was like, the total opposite of Bianca, whereas Wesley really got her sense of humour and she could be herself around him. I really liked the ending - it was really sweet!
Overall, The Duff was a fab read with just the right mix of humour, romance, and realism.

Rating: A-

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