Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Credit: Goodreads
4 Stars

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.

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My thoughts: I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of this book a little while ago, it looked like it would be something I would enjoy so I picked up the kindle version of the book to read before watching. Before I get into my review, I want to touch on Book vs Movie thoughts. After seeing the trailer a few times I was expecting this book to be a comedy, light and witty. It was not. It had some funny moments and light and witty moments as well, but I did not find this book comedic at all. I would also point out that based on the trailer I have seen, I would say the movie is loosely based on the book. I may be wrong and more of the book will come through on screen, but for now I am viewing them as separate entities.

When I began this book it took me a few pages to get into it. The story is told from the lead female, Bianca's POV. I found her character to be a little abrasive at first but as I got further into the story I realized we are a lot alike; introverted, quiet, tends to be blatantly honest at times, that sort of thing. I also began to see that Bianca, like many teenage girls, is extremely self conscious. When Wesley calls her the DUFF of her group it hits her deeper than what she lets on. It is something that eats away at her throughout the book.

Wesley Rush is, THAT GUY, you know the one; rich, drop dead sexy, all around arrogant ass. When Bianca and Wesley begin their "relationship" it is clear there is more to him that Bianca thinks. There are so many different aspects to this book, it isn't just about Bianca and her hate/hate relationship with Wesley. It's about friendship and family and everything in between. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am excited to see how the movie compares.

A quick note.... This book is listed as Young Adult fiction. The setting is in High School so it fits strongly into that category. However, due to the sexual content I personally would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15. And as a mom I would probably push more toward 16-17. Bianca and Co, are seniors in HS and I believe that is the target age for which this book would apply. As an adult who loves an awesome YA book from time to time, this was a really great read.

For those who are interested, here is the trailer for the movie....


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