Sunday, 10 April 2011



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 him “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.

The DUFF is a sexy, honest story that kept me reading and that is a fine example that the best young adult novels are the ones that deal with real-life in a frank manner. The plot focuses on Bianca, who, after kissing him, starts a sexual relationship with her enemy Wesley Rush to escape the problems at home and with exes. But by the end, she realises that things aren’t as simple as she thought they would be at first. It is a witty, red-hot plot filled with so much tension that the first time I read it, I just had to keep on reading, just so I could find out what happened next, and at the end, my heart cheered!

Bianca is a sassy, cool main character that I really connected to. She is real and honest and amazing. Wesley, her love/hate interest, is a total asshole, but a sexy one at that, and I can’t help but root for him and Bianca. I just think they’re kind of perfect together, even though they’re both completely fucked up and crazy. Jessica and Casey, Bianca’s two best friends, are the sort of friends I wished I had when I was younger. They’re cool, funny, crazy and loyal. Toby Tucker, excuse the awful alliteration, is Bianca’s adorable, dorky love interest. And when I say he’s adorable, I mean he’s really adorable. Like, little lost puppy adorable. Bianca’s mum and dad are as equally as fucked up as the kids and add the edginess that makes this novel so honest and real.

The novel is written in first person from Bianca’s point of view, and I love her voice. It’s sassy, honest and even funny at times. The language used fits Bianca’s snarky, pessimistic view on life perfectly. And it helped me connect with Bianca, because I think I talk like that a lot of the time! And I’m sure there’s a lot of female readers who would feel exactly the same way!

To be honest, this is one of the few books that I couldn’t find any major flaws in. And just confirm, I can definitely see this becoming a future young adult fiction classic.

Rating: 10/10

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I'm in love with this book as well. :)

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