Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Series: Standalone
Release Date: Feb 25, 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Genre: YA
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ ½

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 such a fun read, much more than I had anticipated. Mostly, because of Bianca.

What a little firecracker, she is.  She's cynical and snarky, a bit tom boyish and undeniably loyal.  She is also pretty upfront and brave, a rare quality in many teen girls. Especially teen girls who don't fit the 'beautiful people' mold.

Wesley is quite the opposite of Bianca, at first glance. He's a player and makes no argument against that title. In fact, he seems to embrace it.  He comes across as callous and cocky when he first hits the pages, chatting up Bianca (the DUFF) in an attempt to bed one of her hot best friends.

Like every really good book, the characters are more than they seem at first.  The DUFF is no different there.  Bianca is more than a girl with a hard shell, she's also a little heart broken and a lot reserved with her heart.  Just as Wesley isn't above falling in love with the girl that challenges his every move....even if she doesn't look like she just jumped off the cover of  Seventeen Magazine.

My favorite moments were the verbal tennis matches these two had with each other. They are quick witted kids and I giggled a lot.

The Duff isn't the deepest read out there by any means, but it also isn't full of fluff.  It has purpose and meaning with enough humor to ensure you are a happy reader from start to stop. 

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