Monday, October 25, 2010

Review: THE DUFF

by Kody Kelpinger
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy

Placement: Reaching New Heights (but be warned about content)

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.
I've heard a lot of buzz about this book, written by a teenager (Kody Keplinger). I couldn't wait to read it based on what I'd heard.

I wasn't disappointed.

This is a rough book in many ways, the content it pretty up there and usually this would turn me off to the book. There is hard language, sex, you name it. However, despite all that, I really enjoyed this book. The writing was honest, the subject matter was interesting and you really grew to care about these flawed characters. Kody's characters aren't shiny and nearly perfect. They are deeply messed up from the get go, but you root for them and yearn with them and grow with them.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed THE DUFF, but again, be warned about the content. That was really the only thing that kept me from giving it our top rating.


ivanova said...

I just bought this book! Your review made me think it was a good move. I didn't know the writer was a real live teen herself.

Randi said...

It sounds like a good book but I am a little wary, with the language and sex is there anything you can compare it to? just so I know what I am in for?