The Duff by Kody Keplinger (ARC)Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Versions: hardcover, kindle. audio
Received from: Around The World Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
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 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.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. It is so funny, and sad, and overall true. Bianca is at a party club when Wesley Rush, the hottest boy in school (and he knows it), comes up to her and tells her she is the duff-Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Bianca is furious at first, and ends up throwing her drink on him, but she soon comes to realize that he's right. Her friends are gorgeous and she's just plain. Bianca has always hated Wesley for being a womanizer but when things start to get really bad in her family, she uses him to get out of her life.
The Duff by Kody Keplinger was amazing. I loved Bianca's voice and the character of Wesley most of all. They had a love/hate relationship through the book and each grew in ways they needed to. I loved seeing their relationship grow, even though it was a smudge bit predictable.
Will I reread it?
Yes, I cannot wait for this book to release and then I will be able to go out and buy my own copy. Even though Kody Keplinger is only eighteen years old (I know!), she's an amazing author that I know will keep on releasing amazing books. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.