Tuesday, October 12, 2010

YA Review: The Duff

My thoughts...OK, I did not want to read this. I found the title cruel and derogative. The plot summary...well it just didn't interest me. Low and behold a copy managed to land in my hands and I decided that it was time to step out of my comfort zone and read this book. I am glad I did. The Duff is a fantastic book that cuts to the heart of people. This book is about how we treat others and how it feels to be on the receiving end of negative assumptions. It is about fitting in and being noticed. It is about blending in and standing up for yourself. It is about fear and strength. It is about love and loss. It's about life.

Bianca was a great heroine in this story. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She has really thick skin, but a core that most people can relate to at one point or another. The boy in this story, Wesley left me with mixed feelings. He was arrogant, no doubt about it, but as the story progressed, he grew on me. The connection between the characters was intense, but often left me with a feeling of dread. I am sure everyone has met a guy like Wesley before. Overall the characters were interesting and helped keep the plot interesting.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It sends a message that will make you think and will stay with you long after you finish the story.

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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.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad that even though you didn't like what it was about too much, you gave it a chance! It's great that you liked it!

Darlyn said...

I also read a lot of mixed reviews on the Duff and I think this one is really not for me. thanks for honest review!

Jenny N. said...

At first I was going to pass on this one but then I started to see some positive reviews on it and that got me interested in it. I really want to start this one soon.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love books that linger. Great review.

Carol said...

Just read the book and agree with you... it starts as a bleh history when we see the cover but it's amazing and will sure linger.

Nina said...

I adore that it's got a pretty good message in it for teens. It sounds like a great book!

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