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Monday, August 30, 2010

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 "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.

Book: The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Standalone
Free or Purchased: Purchased
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I'd like to start by saying that I read The Duff right after Mockingjay, and that's a lot to live up to. Even so, I really really really loved it, and couldn't put it down once I started reading. It was the best contemporary YA I've read this year, and quite possibly ever! Kody Keplinger has gained an eternal fangirl in this blogger, and I'm looking forward to reading whatever she comes out with next.

Bianca was a snarky, but very lovable and easy to relate to, character, and I was totally rooting for her the entire time! Sure, she had some problems, but she was very realistic and easy to read about. Even when she was making bad choices, her reasoning was evident, and I sympathized with her the whole time. She was very three-dimensional and human, a refreshing break from the either too-perfect or completely awful characters that I've been seeing a lot of recently.

Her love interest, Wesley, was a huge jerk, and the most adorable guy on earth. At times, he tried to make himself out to be this annoying, slutty, brainless guy that didn't care about a thing, but underneath all that was a lonely, caring, total hottie that was perfect for Bianca in every way imaginable.

The storyline didn't have much action involved, but I didn't even notice that until I sat down to write my review, so obviously it didn't affect the book at all. The Duff was so much better than any fast-paced, action-packed fight-a-thon could ever be.

If you're in the mood for a cute, short-ish, pick-me-up book, The Duff will leave you with a happy, glow-y feeling long after you've put it down, but its emotional depth makes you really think about how most people aren't really that different from one another. The Duff is just a perfect read for anyone in the mood for a good book, and if you haven't already, make sure to add it to your wishlists and pick it up when it's released on September 1. (Just a hint, it's been spotted in the wild a lot recently, so you might want to go out and check your local bookstore, just in case.)


Julie said...

This book loos really good! I really want to read this. Good review! :)

anjohnston said...

I wasn't sure about this book but after reading your review and hearing that this book has depth, I'm going to pick it up! Thanks for the awesome review!

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