Thursday, September 2, 2010

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 20/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 98/100 or A
Source: Publisher
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.
The DUFF is a magical novel that is honest and full of emotions. Bianca is a cynical, yet lovable character, with Wesley as a lovely counterpart. Both character's snarky dialouge is well balanced and full of emotions and humor. I loved how Bianca and Wesley both changed for the better. Bianca's friends are really sweet and amazing at times, but other times I wanted to jump into the book and stab them. The DUFF is a book that grips you from the first sentence and keep you want more after the last word. The plot is full of teens being teens, but it doesn't seemed to be forced or overdramatic. Keplinger was also an amazing writer. Her writing was true to teenage girls everywhere that are trying to figure what love is and it's meaning to true beauty. She also knows how to create an amazing voice for a character. I would reccomend this books to anyone looking for a realistic book with depth and reality. I loved this book so much. The DUFF for me is a modern verison of Forever, which is one of my favorite books. I can't wait to discover more books from Kody Keplinger in the future.

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