Monday, August 23, 2010

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy.
Pages: 288.
Release Date: September 7, 2010.
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.

The DUFF is a book that every teenage girl, or any female with self-esteem issues, should read immediately. With a character who is extremely relatable and insecurities to match, I feel like it’s good medicine for those who don’t believe that they’re beautiful just the way they are.

First off .. whoa. The bubble-gum popping girl on the cover gives a hint of innocence, but what lies between the spine of this book is anything but. And I am not complaining one bit. Kody Keplinger writes some edgy, intimate scenes that I’m so glad she got away with. The protagonist, Bianca, escapes her problems with sex, so obviously, the heat is turned way up. It was different, refreshing and hot all at the same time.

I love how real Bianca is. Some people would call her constant self-deprecating thoughts and comments immature and unnecessary, but you know what? Bianca IS immature. She’s a teenager. She’s real. And most teenagers can be immature. At least. that’s how I acted when I was a teenager. It’s not enough for somebody to just say “you’re beautiful, stop being down on yourself.” It doesn’t work like that. And Kody captures Bianca’s journey of constantly bashing herself to finally being content in her own skin flawlessly. I applaud you, Kody.

Other than the obvious issues of sex and self-esteem, The DUFF is highly entertaining. It’s comical and flirty and it’s the only book that I’ve read that has a slutty albeit secretly emotional male character. Boys like Wesley did not exist in my high school, but for this book, I pretended that they did. Wesley’s character was a perfect aide in Bianca’s quest for happiness.

Overall, I really enjoyed The DUFF. I feel like it’s an important book for all girls out there. We’ve all felt out of place and unhappy in our skin, but this book reminds us that physical beauty isn’t the only thing that matters. I definitely recommend it to everyone!

25 comments:

  1. I loved this book. I particularly loved Bianca. She's such an awesome character.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  2. I just finished this one the other day, read it in like 6 hours, I agree it's really an amazing book! Wonderful review.

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  3. This sounds quite good...definitely relevant. Great review :)

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  5. I am so, so excited to read this! It looks fantastic, and like the kind of book I would definitely enjoy! Great review!

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  6. Hi, Anonymous. *deletes* Grow up. If you want to be snarky about a review, at least grow a pair and do it with your own user name.

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  7. I really can't wait to read this one. It sounds great :) And great review!!

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  8. i havn't read it, but I'm really excited to!!

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