Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday Book Madness: Kody Keplinger's THE DUFF

At long last, I can gush about a book I've actually read for today's feature.

Which book, you ask?

This one:

Blurb of awesomeness below:

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.

THE DUFF is about so much more than that, you guys. It is an honest take on what being a teen is. I know you've probably heard that phrase before, but trust me, Kody Keplinger nailed it. If you've ever felt like you don't belong, even among the people you feel closest to, this book is for you. 

The best thing about this book is that it made me feel like a wonderful and terrible person at the same time. Wonderful, because Bianca's journey is similar to mine when I was her age (yes, I sort of had my Wesley back then, but not with the benefits part). Terrible, because I thought (and still think at times...) labeling people was cool. If they do it to me, I should do it right back. *hangs head low*

I don't care what people say about the amount of sex/cursing in this book. It's a must read. And if I ever have a child, this is getting in their hands by age 13. Word.

THE DUFF officially hits shelves September 7th, but it's already out in some bookstores across the US. Go. Get. It.


  1. I've heard such fab stuff about this book!!! Wow!! Tis on my list!!

    Oh and what a lucky child to be of yours! :-)

    Take care

  2. Oh, I so can't wait to read this. Great review. :)

  3. Ahhhh this brings back memories... ;p

  4. I just finished it yesterday. I really liked it, it was painfully honest and yet funny and sweet.

  5. I loved this book also, and wish I'd read it when I was a teen.

  6. I've heard such awesome things about this book, it's great to know that you loved it!

  7. I've heard about this book around the blog world. I'll have to check it out. =)

  8. I agree, its fabulous and as far as content: what's there NEEDS to be there to make the story more powerful. This isn't always the case which why I never say YA should be limited to clean stories. Its an authors job to tell it like it is and sometimes that's PG and sometimes its not.

    Kody kept the book true to the characters. That makes her and awesome YA writer, in my opinion!

    Oh . . . and Omg! My word verification word is "weepan" I had to share that!