Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

4 stars to The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

This isn't the sort of book I'd usually read.  Like usual, I'm going to ruin the book. But, before I get to the ruining part, if you think you can see past the language (and a good number of f-bombs are dropped) and the sex, I'd recommend it for you to read.  If, not, well, that's just as well.  It's my opinion.

Okay, on to what the book's about now:  

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)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.

In Regency romances, the rule is "Reformed rakes make the best husbands."  The 21st Teeny-Bopper Corollary is "Reformed man-whore makes the best distraction--and later, boyfriend.

Wesley calls Bianca "Duffy" throughout the entire book, by the way.  

Duffy.  The Duff.  The unattractive one.  Lots of girls feel this way, and I'm certain there's a bunch of books, both fiction and non, on this topic.

After Bianca breaks it off with Wesley, because of her friends are feeling neglected and because she's let him in, and because she's falling for him, the guy she's been crushing on since her freshmen year asks her out.

He's the perfect boyfriend in every way.  Considerate.  Thinks she's beautiful.  Polite.  The whole she-bang.

But she's not happy with him.

And Wesley's not man-whoring around anymore.  He also finally worked up the gall to call his ever-absent parents.

The perfect boyfriend notices Wesley staring at Bianca during their date.  The entire time.  Turns out, Mr. Perfect not over his last girlfriend either.

Bianca goes to Wesley and wants a normal relationship.  And Wesley, wonder of wonders, is willing to give it.  Or at least partially.  ;)

It's a great book.  It's not perfect or life changing, but it's great anyway.

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