Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: The DUFF

Title:  The DUFF
Series:  N/A
Author:  Kody Keplinger
Publisher:  Little Brown/Poppy
Pages:  280
Format:  eBook

Summary:  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.

My Review:  I bought this book on a whim.  I had been searching for a bit of new reading material and stumbled upon this one.  I'm insanely happy that I did.  

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger is a surprisingly realistic and relatable story.  

The main plot centers around a couple of very key problems: A troubled home life, boys, and feeling as though you are the outcast.  Every teenage girl has been confronted with one (or all) of these problems at sometime or another and I felt like this story did a phenomenal job at bringing these worries to light. 

The story line in general was very well organized and kept me wanting more.  It was paced well and kept me on my toes.  And though some of the twists were predictable, others had me gaping at my nook.  It was balanced well.  I didn't know exactly what was to come but my head also wasn't spinning from a bunch of dramatic turns.  

What really kept me thoroughly engaged, though, was the characters.  They were likable, which is always a key factor in a good book for me.  If I can't connect to the characters then I tend to just lose interest in the story all together.  I was sympathetic to both Bianca and Wesley's situations.  Even the more minor characters like Toby held my interest.  

My only complaint was that it was a bit repetative.  I felt that the same scene was played a few times but it was interesting so I didn't mind too much.  

The ending was very satisfying and everything wrapped up quite nicely. I've already read Keplinger's other novel, SHUT OUT but I will eagerly anticipate what ever she might come out with next.

Four Feathers

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