Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Released: September 7th 2010
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.My Rating: 5 /5
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.
A growing up story as told by Bianca, who sadly is given the title The DUFF (designated ugly fat friend). Bianca is one of the most neurotic, sarcastic, tell you as it is characters but also a great loyal friend. Things happen in her life that drive her to search for an escape - in this case she resorts to being sexually active with the school hottie/man whore. I must say for a YA book, this was super hot, as in I blushed a few times & had to fan myself :O so be prepared! What I loved most about the DUFF was seeing the rawness, both the good and faults in ALL characters, the confusion & growth that everyone experiences during those odd teenage years. The message is clear that despite appearances, we all are not perfect...even the school hottie ;)
Kody's writing is superb, you feel part of the group as Bianca shares her story. The characters are almost all screwed up (who isn't as a teen LOL) but learn lessons along the way. If you loves stories about relationships, friendships and growth, where you cheer for the underdog, then run don't walk and get your hands on this book. I think this is a top 10 for 2010!