Monday, October 11, 2010

Character Interview With Kody Keplinger: Bianca From THE DUFF

Hello, all!! Hope you're as excited as I am today. 

Why am I excited, you ask? Oh, no biggie. I just have an interview with Bianca from THE DUFF to share with you. 

I repeat: Bianca from THE DUFF is on my blog today!!! *squee fest*

Le cover:

Le blurb:

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

Lindsay and Katrina, my amazing Operation Awesome friends (and crit partners), were nice enough to deal with my fan-girling and ask some questions, too. So let's give a warm welcome to Ms. Bianca Piper!!

Lindsay: Your favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. If you could choose one Holden quote as your motto, what would it be and why?
I don't think any of Holden's quotes would be my motto. Don't get me wrong, it's my favorite book, and Holden is an awesome character, but I think he's awesome because he's so screwed up. I know I can be bitter, but he's way worse than me . . . . right?
Anyway, I couldn't have any of his quotes as my motto. Though, all of his quotes about "phonies" rock.

KatrinaIn your experience, does the way a person presents himself or herself usually jive with what's inside as well?
Not really, I guess. I mean, look at Casey. The girl is tall, thin, gorgeous, and a cheerleader.  In the teen comedy, she'd be the bitchy cheerleader. But she's so, so not. She's freaking awesome and funny and smart.
I think our stereotypes of what looks "mean" are ridiculous, personally.

AmparoYour favorite band is Paramore. Talk about your favorite song and why it rocks your world.
Paramore's best song is totally "Playing God" from their new album.  The line, "Next time you point a finger, point it to the mirror" is brilliant. People need to work on their judgment of others . . . me included, I know.

LindsayYou threw Coke in Wesley's face. If there are three words to describe how it felt, what would they be?
Wasteful (a perfectly good Cherry Coke was lost that day)

Katrina: You've been described as loyal. Is there anything friends or family could do that would automatically sever your loyalty? In other words, what do you consider unforgivable?
Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything. I will say, that as far as I can tell, almost anything is forgivable.  Forgettable, though, maybe not so much.

AmparoGirls go through so much in high school, whether it’s peer pressure, exploring their sexuality, family issues, or all of the above. If given the chance to speak one-on-one, what piece of advice would you offer them?
I'd tell them what I learned the hard way. Don't judge others - including yourself - based on what others think. Everyone has more going on than what you see on the surface, and it isn't anyone else's place to judge them. By the same token, what others think of you doesn't have to dictate who you are. 

A humongous thank you to Bianca for stopping by, and to Kody Keplinger for giving her a voice in the world! Make sure you pick up THE DUFF if you haven't already, folks!


  1. Great interview! The book sounds interesting, plus the whole not judging thing is awesome. It's on my tbr list! =)

  2. Awesome interview, Amparo! Thank you, Kody, for channeling your character so genuinely! It was fun to read!

  3. Funny interview. And Bianca is a Cherry Coke abuser!

  4. This was a serious dose of awesome!! Great girly questions, seriously awesome talent!!!

    Paramore ROCKS! Cherry Coke wasted upsets me, but if it felt good then I'll allow it this one time!!!

    Don't judge... best advice, tough lesson to learn.

  5. Yay, Amparo. Oh and thanks to Kody for being so super awesome.

    Hee hee to the loss of a good cherry coke. :)

  6. A fun read all the way, only wish it were longer, not a criticism, just think good things should last. Way to go girls!

  7. Yes, never waste a cherry coke esp on some guy! LOL!! Wise words about not judging others and being yourself - thanks! Take care

  8. Great interview, and thank you for hitting on some hard but important subjects!

  9. Awesome interview! I still need to pick up my copy of The Duff!

  10. Great interview! I have got to read this. It's sitting all nice and pretty on my bookshelf!

  11. wonderful interview ladies! This has been on my TBR pile and I haven't had much reading time of late. Going to have to make time! :D

  12. Great interview! I've got The Duff on my to be read list!!!

  13. Thanks for doing this. I read The Duff not too long ago. It was amazing and it's nice seeing Bianca again.