This month we've chosen The Duff by a fellow Absolute writer.
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.
What we thought:
I'm honored to have been one of the three first beta readers of the Duff, and I was equally honored and stoked for Kody to mention me in the acknowledgements. I loved Bianca and Wesley when I first read it, and I loved it just as much after the revisions and edits. It was so
cool reading the final copy and seeing most of the original book was still in tact. I love the snark of Bianca, and I love Wesley's "manwhore with a heart" mentality.
Bianca holds nothing back with her sarcasm and wit, and I always liked how she was not intimidated by Wesley, nor did she ever give him any breaks. It's very cool to watch their relationship grow and change over the course of the book. The humor is spot on as well, and there's many lol moments.
The Duff was a fun read with witty dialogue and sexy scenes. It proves there's more to people than meets the eye, and if you get past the persona they project into the world, you'll find the vulnerability and honesty.
Bianca is a strong female protagonist, who I feel, is very honest character and has an authentic feel. The author, Kody Keplinger, was only seventeen when she wrote this novel, which only validates the organic nature of this novel. A lot of people will think, why would a hot guy have a fling with the Duff (Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend), the answer is simple. All girls feel like the Duff sometimes, even though they really aren't, which, I think, is truly the lesson in this story. The relationship between Wesley and Bianca feels so real, and the dialog you can practically hear in your head, which always makes for a great read.
I enjoyed the grittiness of this story and how Kody wasn't afraid to write sex scenes in a YA novel that might make people's jaw drop.
The voice was great. Bianca was a character that was so imperfect that she was perfect. And there is a moral mixed into this story, amid the hot love scenes. The Duff is gritty, real and a fantastic read.
Read The Duff? Let us know your thoughts. Haven't read it - then what are you waiting for?