Monday, November 1, 2010

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff- Kody Keplinger
Age group- 16+/young adult.
published by Poppy
learn about it here
Buy it here
Rating- 5 stars

Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend.
Those words wont stop running through seventeen year old, Bianca Piper's head. Ever since her class mate, Wesley Rush told her that's what she was. I mean of course shes not the prettiest of her friends, but shes smart, loyal, and maybe a bit cynical.  And Wesley Rush is a man slut. So what does he know? Well apparently something, because ever since Wesley nick-named her "Duffy" she has not been able to let it go. Not with all the problems at home, not with the boy who broke her heart coming back to town. Bianca just needs a distraction... And she finds one. She ends up kissing Wesley, and she likes it. No not  in that way, more like why alcoholics drink. When Bianca's with Wesley there's nothing at stake, no feelings on the line, her need is purely physical. 
until she finds out that Wesley's not all he seems to be. His life's kind of screwed up too, and hes not that bad of a listener either. Bianca's finds herself starting to despise Wesley less and less, empathising with him, and maybe even starting to like him a little. Okay, a lot
I really liked this book. And I don't really (avec Italics) like that many.  Bianca was an amazing character. She was a hater and had some serous problems, but her personality stuck with her the whole way. Most of the time authors can't pull off being negative with out being depressive. Kody Keplinger did a phenomenal job. The friendship between Bianca, Casey and Jess was heart warming, I loved how Bianca's cynicism was balanced by Jess's Innocence. Casey was care free, loyal and non judgemental. Witch was great. If Bianca had any friend problems on top of everything else, the book would become to forced and seem fake.

Wesley was the degrading man-whore you can imagine he is, but Keplinger didn't skimp at all on his character. By the end I loved him as much as I loved Bianca, two characters that had a different author wrote this book I would hate.

The duff is one of those books you pick up and don't put down until the end. Its fast paced and funny and makes you feel happy in a 'Im not sure if I should feel happy way'. It was a great debut novel from an amazing 18 year old writer. Keplinger did an excellent job, she kept everything real, and didn't make me feel depressed or uncomfortable through the entire book. I just wanted to know what happened next.

It was beautiful and authentic, and completely deserves its five star rating. I can't wait to read what Keplinger does next.

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