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.
I have seen the reviews of this book on several blogs and quite few people liked it. I do not blame them, book was very good. After reading these reviews I completely forgot about this book. I was at my local book store several days ago, when by accident I came across this book. It was just laying there on the chair and there was no one around, so I picked it up. I actually read few chanters in the story, because they have these great comfortable chairs. I bought the book, even though I should not have, since I have like at least fifty books on my TBR pile. Oh well…
This book was awesome, it touched on lot of issues that young teenage girl goes through. Love, self-esteem, family problems, friend drama, sex, denial and few other issues. What I really likes about this book is that it did not shy away from these issues, especially sex. This book recognises fact that teenagers are having sex whether adult approve of it or not. Author explains why Bianca is having sex, it was not because she wanted a boy to like her. Which I was glad to see; lot of other books you see teenage girls having sex because the boy wants to have sex and not because she wants to. It was rather opposite, Bianca was sexually active because she wanted to be, because it felt good and because it gave her an escape from all other issues she was dealing with at the time, even though it was temporary.
Another issue this book touches on is self-esteem, and this is very big issue for teenagers, actually for adults to. We all feel like DUFF sometimes; sometimes you walk down the street and see a girl and you think to yourself, wow she is so pretty. I wish I was that pretty. However what you do not realise that someone out there is looking at you and thinking the same thing.
Character and story developments was good and all had direction and purpose. Wesley is an interesting character, when Bianca first describes him, you want to dislike him, but the more you get to know about him the more you like him. I like the fact that the relationship between the two of them started out as means of them trying to use each other, to make them feel better. But in the end it turned out to be more.
One last thing that I really liked about this book was the cover. That cover is just awesome. Just looking at it, Bianca is giving off attitude, which she has of a lot. Great work with the cover.
One thing that I really disliked about this book was the swearing. I mean come on, Bianca could not say one whole sentence without at least one swear ward. It was over the top. I get it, most teenagers swear, most people do, but not that much. Swearing in some parts of the book did not even make sense, it was just annoying. However it was still a very good book.
I give this book 4 STARS out of 5 STARS.