Book Review, Books, YA

The Duff by Kody Keplinger: Book Review

Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Commentary: This book was a guilty pleasure. I really thought this was going to be a stereotypical book, but it wasn’t. Bianca is such a relatable character, and it is quite refreshing to know that she is snarky, moody, and sassy. Bianca had her faults, and she wasn’t afraid of being herself. She had a lot of chemistry with Wesley, since their first meeting. I was not expecting her to kiss Wesley, nor have sex with him. I was not bothered by the sex, and I loved how it was not described in an explicit way. In a way I did relate to Bianca though I did not distract myself like she did. Bianca needed a way to distract herself from her problems. Now, the problems that Bianca faced were really sad. Her family was breaking apart and she did not know what to do. She tried to keep the balance in her family, but it was too much for her. I did find it sad how she tried to keep her father’s drinking problems to herself. She was breaking apart and Wesley was the only form of stimulation that could take her away from her conflict. Secondly, I just found it so hilarious how she kept denying that she had no feelings for Wesley. She tried telling everyone how much she despised him, when in fact she was starting to develop feelings for him. As much as I loved Bianca, I just have to say that she was a terrible friend. Her friends, especially Casey, were constantly worrying about her, but she found it easier to hid and avoid reality without telling them. Casey was constantly reaching out towards Bianca, and she did have her reasons to be angry at her. Luckily, their friendship was saved once Bianca confessed to her what was really happening. I really liked the overall message that everyone is a duff, and I was glad that the name was embraced by the end of the book.  In addition, I liked how Bianca was a regular average girl instead of being gorgeous like her friends. When Bianca finally got with Toby, how both of them used each other in order to move on from their ex partners. I knew that Toby wasn’t over his ex-girlfriend, and I was glad that he and Bianca ended their short relationship in happy terms cause I did like Toby. I also liked how there wasn’t really a love triangle. Lastly, Wesley was a lovable jerk that was changed his ways because of Bianca. I loved how they didn’t have to impress each other just to be happy. I enjoyed their love-hate relationship and the letter that Wesley wrote to her was very sweet and authentic. I was so happy I picked up this book. It was funny, and the characters were relatable. I am excited to watch the movie adaptation. I heard that the book and the movie are nothing alike, but nonetheless, I heard really good reviews! I hope to see it soon and maybe I’ll do a review.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

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