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.
4 STARS out of 5
TITLE: The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
AUTHOR: Kody Keplinger
GENRE: Young Adult
GOODREADS UPDATE (10/23/12):
This is the first time I'm doing this -- subtracting a star weeks after I reviewed it and removing it from my faves shelf.
I've read really good books lately. And whenever I visit my "favorites" shelf, I felt that this book does not belong there anymore. After awhile, it just doesn't have the same impact like the other books which I've learned to love.
ORIGINAL REVIEW (9/18/12):
This book surprised me so much.
At first, I doubted if Wesley, the hero, was redeemable. According to Bianca:
He’s arrogant, and he sleeps with everything he can get his filthy hands on. Most of the time, I just want to claw his creepy eyes out. How could I like him?
And if our intelligent, sassy, sarcastic, cynical, neurotic, loyal, compassionate heroine doesn't like him, how could I, a mere reader, like him??
So I read on. Curious, and a bit hopeful that something will change my mind regarding Wesley's character.
And I was not disappointed.
Just when I decided that a "4 stars" rating is generous enough, Miss Kody chose that time to give me a peek at Wesley's world. So okay, I was convinced that he has enough flaws that could somehow justify his earlier actions.. More as a realistic part of a novel, and NOT like in real life (don't get me wrong, being a man whore as a coping mechanism will never be justified IMO).
I loved the writing and the highschool drama. Nothing too heavy.. not even a single tear-inducing moment for me.
Unlike other books which I feel like I'm reading so I could get to the end ASAP, I was savoring every moment of the story. Actually, if reading this was like watching a sitcom, I surely had laughed at all the punchlines.
This isn't your average YA novel. This is a story that speaks volumes about the importance of self-esteem.
Upon reading Wesley's letter to Bianca, I knew instantly that this story just climbed a bit higher at the totem pole.
All grown up, but a part of me will always be a DUFF. So this one goes straight to my favorites shelf.