Published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: bought online
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.
There was a lot of hype with this one and since I don’t do too well with over-hyped contemporary books, I pushed it back as much as I could. Until I realized that the movie is coming out soon. Why did I wait so long? I bloody loved it. It’s cute and adorable and everything I would love in a contemporary book. I didn’t even mind there wasn’t a huge story-line or story to keep going because I was enjoying the characters so much. Also don’t judge this book by the cover, because even though there’s not much going on in the cover, the barebones inside is what counts. AHh I loved it.
Bianca is one of the most cynical and honest main characters I have ever encountered and I love how refreshing her tone of voice is. Even though she has many many flaws, isn’t that what anyone really is? No one is perfect, and she certainly isn’t. She also doesn’t try to be perfect because she’s capable of being exactly who she is. Bianca always wants to do things for other people but doing things for herself? That doesn’t register until later. I liked the parts with her father but I wished there were more. Her friendship with Casey and Jessica is also adorable because they’re very loyal to her and vice versa. Bianca also likes to run away from her problems and won’t face it head on. So the change that she goes through is quite refreshing. Especially in the end, when she has a little revelation. As for Wesley, I didn’t like him the least bit. He was the typical annoying man whore who is good looking and doesn’t have much going for himself. It was finally in the end, where he starts to open up that I could see why he’s such a sweetheart. People deal with love in all sorts of ways, and Wesley is no exception.
I do have to warn you that this book includes a lot of slut shaming. I mean it’s everywhere. She tends to sleep around a lot to make herself feel better. No judgment here because it’s not my life, but I am glad she had the balls to realize her problems can be fixed and not just by being friends with benefits.
My one annoying thing about this? It spoiled a classic book again. WHY DO AUTHORS DO THIS? I wish I could forget what I read.. *cries*
I can’t stop smiling. The DUFF was just so cute and Ahhh.. Definitely became a favourite of mine. This book makes my heart jump with joy and made me feel all the things. This is when I just know it will be a favourite and I will re-read it when I want to get back that feeling. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? Do it!