Friday, February 27, 2015

Review:The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

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6931356The DUFF
by Kody Keplinger
Release date: 2010
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Description -
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.

My Rating:

Okay, so...I had issues reviewing this book. I wasn't going to at first because I'm really conflicted and didn't really think I had much to say about it but...I'll give it a try anyway. Let's go for short and sweet!

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The uniqueness of it. This book is really unique and refreshing. Bianca is such a cynical character with one of the most unique voices I've ever read. She's a misfit and she owns it, she's fine being her cynical self and even when the name DUFF bothers her, she refuses to change because of it.

- Bianca. I both loved and hated this character. I loved her because she's unique and doesn't care what people think of her but will defend and fight for her friends and family if it's someone judging them. She's...spunky, and personality wise, I really related to her.

- Jess/Casey - I loved Bianca's best friends. They were awesome and so much fun. I wish they'd been a bigger part though.

- Wesley Rush. I hated him. I despised him. I loved him. Basically, everything Bianca felt for him. This author definitely has talent when it comes to making you feel for her characters.

- The writing. It's such fast paced fluid writing, where Bianca's voice comes out in every single word.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- Their relationship. This is my biggest problem with this book and, let me say right here, this is strictly personal preference, it's not really a fault of the book and is strictly my personal opinions and preferences. How to say it? Their whole relationship(and the book in general) is based off a purely..physical relationship. Now, it does grow to be swoon-worthy, and I grew to love them, but, I don't like that in a book. Now, this didn't really hindered my enjoyment of the book(for the most part), had I known about it though, purely because I'm a slight prude when it comes to this kind of stuff, I probably wouldn't have read it, which is why I mention it.

- Bianca. I liked her, I did. But she made so many stupid decisions. Sure, she's human, she can make mistakes, and I understood all of them about her dad and family situation. I did not like her decision to repeatedly sleep with Wesley, lie to and abandon her friends, and then in the end she suddenly(hold on, SPOILER ALERT, status: minor) has this big revelation that oh. I'm stupid. I could've of gotten pregnant. Dumb, Bianca, don't sleep with Wesley or anyone anymore. Like...what? It took you that long to figure this out!?

Overall. I really did enjoy this book, it was lots of fun and a really quick read. Most of what I had a problem with, again, comes down to my personal feelings on these subjects. However, I loved the writing, I loved Bianca, and yeah. I definitely recommend it, and even though I've heard the movie is quite a bit different than the book I look forward to seeing it.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Whom To? Contemporary fans, and people who love a good cynical character.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yeah, definitely.


  1. I'm glad you mostly liked this one. Kody Keplinger is one of my favorite YA authors, and mostly because she isn't afraid to write about sex and other stuff. So I'm guessing the things you didn't like, are the things I like the most. :D I really recommend A Midsummer's Nightmare though. It's not as "physical" as The DUFF, and it's more about rumors and stuff. Plus, it's pretty funny.. :) Great review Shay! :)

    1. Haha, that's great really, it's cool to see different perspectives that way. I will definitely look into Midsummer's Nightmare, I love anything that's funny, really!

      Thanks, Petra! =)

  2. I have heard that the movie for this one is coming out and for that I'm really intrigued and I'd love to read it but I'm not sure I'd enjoy it. I do like the idea and when you say it's unique I want to read it even more, but I don't like books where relationships are only physical. I need to feel that spark and everything. So we shall see. Great review :)

    1. Yeah, I'm the same way and there is some spark here and there, I just prefer slower romance, I like the tension more. It is a really fun book though so if you can get over the purely physical relationship I do recommend it!

      Thanks, Tanja! =)

  3. Are you going to watch the movie now?

    I actually wasn't considering reading the book, but I might now. Actually, I feel like the movie trailer is very different from the synopsis, hmm. It seems like it's just Wesley's nickname for her and not a nickname that's established by everyone as I previously thought.

    Awesome review Shay! I"m glad you liked it :)

    1. Yes, as soon as I can I'm going to see the movie, I'm hoping to be able to do a movie review too!

      Yeah, the trailer for the movie(which is what initially made me want to read it) is quite a bit different from the actual thing. Like you I thought the name DUFF would be used more, and Bianca uses it to compare other people but besides that it's basically her nickname. I do recommend the book but just from what I've seen in the trailer it's way different from the movie.

      Thanks, Val! =)

  4. Great review! I was not a big fan of this one. Like you, I had issues with the purely physical relationship Bianca and Wesley had. But it wasn't because I have a problem with relationships based on sex per se . . . of course I do have an issue with those relationships between teenagers but whatever. No, I had an issue with the fact that Bianca continues to have sex with a guy she supposedly hates. And Wesley can get any woman he wants (according to Bianca) and yet he chooses to have sex with a girl who insults him and treats him like crap. I mean, if you ARE going to engage in a purely physical relationship, are you really going to do it with someone you despise? I just didn't get that.

    1. Oh, great point. I totally agree, like I guess it was supposed to be that Wesley liked her the whole time and just wouldn't admit it? But still, she was a jerk to him and he just went along with it, I don't know if that makes me like her or him less! Yeah, I just don't get going from the "I totally hate him" to having sex with him every night. And the whole time him calling her DUFF is hurting her feelings but does she say something? No, she ignores it and sleeps with him again.

      Maybe I'm immature but I don't get anything about their relationship.