Review ~ The Duff by Kody Keplinger

May 2, 2012 Reviews 4 ★★★

Review ~ The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe Duff by Kody Keplinger
Series: The DUFF #1
Published by Poppy on September 7, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Lying Out Loud
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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 “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out 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 I Thought…

  • The Duff is very blunt.  There was some swear and there is definitely some sex.  A lot more than in typical YA books.
  • The Duff is very fast paced.  I read this book in the wee hours of the morning during Read-a-Thon and despite my tiredness I could not go to bed until I finished this book.  I just had to know what happened.
  • My only real complaint about The Duff is Bianca’s relationship with her father.  I mean seriously?  It doesn’t make any sense for her to behave this way.  She was an enabler in a situation that did not need an enabler!
  • As much as I liked the book, I didn’t like Bianca, but I didn’t not like her either.  Part of it was how she dealt with her father and the other part was how she treated her friends.  I did feel sorry for her (her mother won’t be winning any “mother of the year” awards) but she made a lot of choices that frustrated the hell out of me.
  • However, I loved Wesley. I know that sounds strange (he’s a man-slut after all) but he is so likeable. He’s everything you want in a guy, the man-slut issue set aside of course.  He was caring, funny and mostly sweet.  He has a crummy family too and I wish we could have saw a little bit more of it.
  • I liked Bianca’s friends.  At first I kind of felt like they were using her a bit, but that’s really not the case as they genuinely care about her.  Both Bianca’s and Wesley’s parents had some major issues.  Everything was tied up pretty nicely at the end, but since I expected that it didn’t really bother me.

Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read.


4 Responses to “Review ~ The Duff by Kody Keplinger”

  1. fakesteph

    I loved Wesley, too, but I had a hard time really believing that he had changed at the end. The whole storyline with the father drove me nuts. She was enabling him and I think he “came back” from that moment WAY to easily. But overall, I was super impressed with the novel. Keplinger was like… 17 when she wrote it, so I figured all my issues with it were the bitterness of age thinking the book came across as naive.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I can live with Wesley changing fast at the end cause it’s a happy ending YA book thing, but the father thing drove me more nuts. No one likes an enabler! But to have a published book at 17 is awesome so she gets extra props.