Publish Date: June 7, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: 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 "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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.
Review: Who hasn't ever felt like the DUFF in a group of friends? Bianca doesn't realize that's how others see her until Wesley calls her that one night. Wesley Rush - the outgoing and guy who has ruined many reputations. Bianca hates him, yet is drawn to him because of her own need to distance herself from her problems at home. They start sleeping together and she finds herself growing more attracted to him as she learns who he really is inside. She denies the attraction, but needs the distraction he gives her.
I enjoyed The DUFF because I understand how Bianca felt throughout the story. Instead of using drugs, alcohol, or cutting to sooth her roiling emotions, she used sex with someone she thought was disposable and who she felt thought the same of her. I liked reading about how Bianca came to realize more about herself, fer friends, and Wesley as the story progressed. Bianca had to come to grips with the consequences of her decisions and I think the author did a great job of portraying that. Even though this is a YA book, there is strong language, so I'd recommend this for older teens. "To the world we may only be one person, but to one person we are the world" - remember this when you are feeling like The DUFF.