Book: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books - Imprint (Books With a Bite)
Rating: ✪✪✪ .5
This is my first Kody Keplinger book and its one I have been wanting to read for a couple of years. Now first off I bought the movie cover tie in book and I wish I hadn't as I didn't picture the characters as the actors/actresses which annoyed the hell out of me.
This book is definitely mature YA and I didn't realise going into it that it was and I really liked that as I have been reading a lot more mature YA and new adult books lately.
The whole concept of the DUFF ( designated ugly fat friend) was interesting. It had Bianca questioning who she was and the whole social status of high school. Now Bianca I liked but she did slightly annoy me. I have heard a lot of people have issue with Wesley saying how he was horrible to her and he's disgusting but to be honest even though he shouldn't have called her a DUFF she used him as much as he used her and didn't think of his feelings which I found a little selfish. She could see maybe he wasn't all Mr Cocky (though he was most of the time) with her and still protected herself emotionally from hurt which I can totally understand but she just annoyed me a little.
The book did deal with real life issues, the High school cliches, self esteem, sex, divorce, alcoholism all of which I appreciated in a YA Book when done well, like it was in The Duff.
Overall I really did enjoy this book. It was a slow starter for me but gained momentum toward the middle. The Story was intriguing and interesting. The romance was slow burn and the ending wasn't as satisfying for me as I like but I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes books with real issues, a slow burn romance (it's not slow its just doesn't really get to the point I needed it to be) and a story with a message, a lesson, to be who you are and that everyone has insecurities.
Have you read The Duff? What did you think of it?