29 Jul 2012

Book Review - The Duff by Kody Keplinger

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.

Goodreads page here
Publisher:  Little Brown
Release Date:  7th September 2010
Purchase it at:  Amazon UK Amazon USA

My Review:   10/10
(video review at the bottom of post)

Bianca is a character that really defines this story.  Of course, its based on her but just reading all about her and following her story being 'The Duff' was most definitely the best part of this book for me.  At the beginning, she is very defencive, withdrawn and likes to keep herself to herself.  She goes along with what others want to do.  At the beginning, we see her at a bar sitting and talking to the bartender while her two friends are dancing and having fun.  Bianca is, however, counting the hours until she thinks it is socially acceptable to say to her friends that she wants to go (as she is the designated driver).  

However, it all changes when Wes, the local jock, comes up to Bianca at the bar and calls her the Duff.  From then on things change for Bianca in ways that she never expected.  

There is a lot of relationship drama in this book that I really enjoyed.  We see Bianca's parents; her mother who is never at home and her father who used to be an alcoholic but is now struggling to save his marriage.

This book really made me smile and has a great romance to it.  I would highly recommend it to all those who like a bit of character drama in their reading.

Best wishes


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