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.
*Warning: mild spoilers*
Agh, I made the wrong choice of reading this book at school! The DUFF shouldn’t be allowed to be read outside your house, or at least it should have a warning label because it’s impossible to read with a straight face. Seriously, I lost count of how many times I had to stifle my laughter or had to put the book down because of embarrassing parts. But I LOVED IT. Every single page of this book rocks!
The DUFF is a realistically funny story about a girl named Bianca who learns from none other than her school’s biggest & hottest ladies’ man, Wesley, that she is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend in her group of friends. Despite being a strong young lady, Bianca can’t help being affected by this tag, specially since Wesley won’t stop calling her Duffy. As her life gets complicated back at home, Bianca basically throws herself into an enemies-with-benefits relationship with the very own Wesley, and soon finds herself spinning in a world off messed up feelings and falling for the guy she swore she would NEVER in a million years like. Oh boy, things get really good here.
I really liked Bianca and Wesley as a “couple”. Their endless banter always cracked me up and I loved how they slowly started falling for each other. They were never easy on each other, always getting on each other’s nerves, but I liked that honesty between them was never an issue (except about admitting their true romantic feelings).
Although Bianca was a great character, I adored Wesley more because he was the first to be upfront about his feelings. My absolute favorite part (and favorite quote) from him was when he sends a note to Bianca that says:
Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.
I think I re-read that line like 20 times (or more!). He’s so adorable.
The awesome aspect about The DUFF is that it’s a very bright and energetic book. Everything is described perfectly and it’s pretty easy to imagine the high school setting and picture the characters in your mind. What I also liked is that it moves at a very fast pace so it never bores the reader.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I thought it was going to be great, but not memorable. In fact, it’s an unforgettable read and now a new favorite of mine. If you haven’t read it, then I urge you to read it soon. Meanwhile, I’ll be checking out Kody’s other books in hopes of getting another glimpse of Bianca and Wesley. 😉
P.S. Don’t forget to watch the movie based on this book! Check out Kate’s book & movie review here.