Friday, June 5, 2015

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 “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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)

My Thoughts:
When I first heard of The Duff, I had no interest in reading it. Young adult contemporary isn't usually my thing. If I'm going to read a YA book, it's usually going to be a fantasy book. However, once the movie trailer came out, the book started getting a lot of buzz. I wanted to see what all of the hype was about, so I decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. For the most part, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

There is one thing I didn't like about the book. The main character's maturity level drove me crazy. She was very immature. Her immaturity lead to her making stupid decisions. For example, she was playing a guy that really cared about her, and messing with his feelings, because she was in love with another guy. It made me mad. She was also whiny. She complained about a lot of things when it was her fault that those things happened in the first place. Towards the end of the book, she began to grow as a character and wasn't so bad. The rest of the book, I just wanted to reach into the book and smack her.

Other than the main character, I really did enjoy the book. I thought the plot was fun, and I enjoyed the lessons that she learned in the end. It kept my interest the whole way through. In fact, I liked the book so much that I finished it in one day on finals week, which is really unusual for me. Once I got to about ten percent through, I couldn't put it down.

I enjoyed The Duff. It made me want to read more of Kody Keplinger's books, especially her new book, the companion to The Duff, called Lying Out Loud. It should be interesting to see cameos from the characters of The Duff to see where they are now. However, I don't think I will be seeing the movie for The Duff. The trailer makes it look like it will be a very unfaithful adaption.

I give The Duff: 3.5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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