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.
First Sentence: This was getting old.
I am not sure how I feel about The DUFF. Sure, I kind of enjoyed it: I found it entertaining and it did make me have a big goofy smile on my face several times. However, I am also not really impressed with The DUFF for several reasons, unlike a majority of people who have read and absolutely loved the book. In the end, I can’t help but be disappointed with The Duff. This is the book that the majority of people loved and raved about? I honestly expected better or was my expectations for The DUFF just way too high?
The biggest problem I had with The DUFF was Wesley. This guy is insane. There’s literally no other way to describe him. Wesley was so mean, so rude, so insensitive, so ridiculous that he came across funny to me. (I refuse to believe that an actual normal human being can say the nasty things he said. I’m pretty much in denial.) You guys have no idea what went out of this guy’s mouth and all the garbage (“garbage” being the nicest word I can put it) Bianca had to listen to. Everything Wesley says is just so offensive that you just have to think that he said it as a joke even though you know he didn’t. It’s like Wesley doesn’t even have a filter.
“Look,” he said, “you have hot friends…really hot friends.”…”The point is, scientists have proven that every group of friends has a weak link, a Duff. And girls respond well to guys who associate with their Duffs.” (6)
Wesley is also confusing. In parts of the book, he cares so much for Bianca and is just so nice that I can’t help but wonder, is this still Wesley or am I reading wrong? It’s like he did a complete 180 degree change near the end of the book with all of his niceness, but was still himself, adding offensive comments that turn me off. I seriously wonder how Wesley would be like in college and when he becomes a dad. Honestly, I feel sorry for his children, if he ever decides to have any. Wesley is just one complicated and complex character, no doubt about that.
On the other hand, I loved Bianca. Although I’ve never been in her situation before (not that I’ve ever want to), Bianca was completely relatable. I also love the fact that Bianca is a kick-ass character in her own way. She might not be Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas who knows how to kill people left and right with her bare hands or even Scarlet from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, but Bianca does know how to stand up for herself and isn’t afraid to say what she wants to say. (Hey, that sounds like the song Brave by Sara Bareilles!) I admired Bianca and found myself cheering for her throughout the book, although I do want to shake her at times.
Angry flames blazed in my cheeks. “If you think I’m letting one of my friends leave this place with you, Wesley, you’re very very wrong,” I spat. “You’re a disgusting, shallow, womanizing jackass, and I hope that soda stains your preppy little shirt.” (7)
One thing I noticed about The DUFF is that Kody Keplinger writes the best believable relationships. I love Bianca’s relationship with her two best friends, Casey and Jessica. Their friendship had me smiling throughout the book and it was totally believable. Their relationship shows how rocky friendships can be sometimes and how hard they can sometimes be. I also liked the relationship between Bianca and her parents; it portrays the fact that even though you are burning mad at your parents, you can’t help but love and protect them anyway. As for Bianca’s relationship with Wesley, the reason why Bianca started her relationship with Wesley was believable. In fact, I have to give major kudos to Kody Keplinger for starting their relationship that way; there are very few authors out there that will dare give their characters a romantic relationship with such an unhealthy start.
“You guys are the best. Like, really the best. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“Cry into your pillow every single night,” Casey said. (51)
There is some cursing/curse words used in The DUFF, but when it is used, it is 100% believable and jusified. I do wish the cursing was toned down a bit though.
And just as a quick note for people who might want to know about this, there is sex in The DUFF (like duh Kelly, of course there is, it is implied in the summary), but the sex scenes is not written explicitly. The most it has is that pants and underwears are being taken off and then in the next scene, the sex is over.
Overall, The DUFF is a good book, but not a book that really deserves the huge hype it gets in my opinion. It isn’t a bad book by any means, but it’s not a book that would be quite memorable to me either unless someone brings it up or if I experience a situation that is similar to Bianca’s. I can see why other people loved The DUFF though; the book just isn’t my taste.