Title: The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
My Rating: 2 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."
This book was frustrating. Honestly, the way it was written bothered me to no extent. I don’t know if I was just being picky, but I was constantly irritated by the long descriptions of her morning routine, or how she spent the rest of her uneventful day. It seemed like there were so many filler scenes like this where nothing was really happening, but yet, there were long paragraphs about this nothingness.
As for the plot, some parts were SUCH clichés that I wanted to scream. And I’m a fan of clichés, maybe only certain ones perhaps, but these were the typical, slightly unbelievable ones.
*Spoiler* For example, Bianca claims to hate Wesley, then kisses him for distraction, then SLAPS him, and within a few days she’s also had sex with him, AFTER being assigned to work on a homework assignment together. And I’m not even going to start in on the completely unnecessary love triangle that is thrown in at the end because that made me so angry. I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but I’ll admit they work sometimes, but unfortunately, not this time. The plot sound familiar? Because it did to me. I’ve read countless (COUNTLESS!) books like this, many of them on from Wattpad, and to me it seemed like the type of story that played out typical teenage fantasies that are super cute and make you feel all giddy (and boy was this book cute and I sure did feel a bit giddy at parts) but are totally never likely to happen. (I would know!) *End Spoiler*
I feel like this book could have been so good, and I expected way more than I got. I was fairly disappointed pretty early on after starting this book. Had I not been such a sucker for the weird romance (lust? game?) Bianca and Wesley had going on I probably would not have finished it.
Overall: If you like books by Elizabeth Scott, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, or books of the like, you’ll probably enjoy The DUFF. This book could have been much better, in my opinion, but I enjoyed it aside from everything I ranted about above. It was cute, it was sweet, it was cynical. It wasn’t the most believable book about teens, but it was great. (Reality isn’t all that great sometimes anyway.)
The part I liked the most about this book was how, in the end, it really enforces that everyone at one point feels like ‘the DUFF’ but more often than not, it’s not true and it’s not all bad.
I think this is the type of book you either just really like or can’t stand, but it has its strengths and weaknesses. (Plus, Wesley at the end is pretty swoon worthy- at the beginning though? I’d like to pretend to completely just forget about beginning Wesley.)
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