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.
I know I don’t give the books I review stars but if I did, I would definately give it like 20 stars. That is how great this book is. Though the story line is based on Bianca’s “enemies with benefits” connection with Wesley (which begins as only a distraction), it’s not graphic or risque like most people would think. I mean, you know what’s going on but it doesn’t go into detail, which is good. The reason I loved this book, though, was the fact that this girl isn’t afraid to speak her mind to others or admit her insecurities to herself is something we rarely find in YA. Though it isn’t a very nice thing, she makes herself accept the fact that she is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (even though she really isn’t). She also realizes that everyone has problems that cripple their sanity and that most people live with the very same insecurities she finds in herself. Add in an awkward love triangle between “the perfect match” and the screwed up playboy and you have the best book ever written in contemporary YA. And when I say the best, I mean it from the darkest depths of my heart. Like, it’s better than John Green–which is something very few people say, I’m sure.
Yes, some people are going to say that this book is a bad influence because there is sex and blah, blah. But they can just deal with it. No one is forcing them to read it. If anything, they should be glad that this book shows how much sex will screw up your relationships. It’s not like we weren’t forced to read Romeo & Juliet or The Scarlet Letter (which is actually referenced) in high school. I mean, the sex in that book is more of a big deal than it is in The Duff. I honestly think there is nothing wrong with teenagers reading this. I may be a little biased-seeing as I am one-but it is really not any worse than anything you learn in Health Class or see on MTV. I highly doubt this book will influence teenagers to have sex and like I said, it will warn most kids away from sexual relations. Nowadays, people are going to do what they will and one book probably won’t sway them to sleep around. Plus this book doesn’t go into any detail about the sex so it’s not bad.