Friday, September 2, 2011

BBReview: "The D.U.F.F." By Kody Keplinger and Question of the Moment 37

*Question of the Moment at the bottom*

Genre: Young Adult -Contemporary
Publishing Date: June 7th, 2011
Page Count: 280
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:
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 "the Duff," she throws her Coke in his face.
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. And eventually, through this realization, Bianca begins to see how harmful her unhealthy way of dealing with her problems has been, and finds a way to confront them head on.

Wow, Kody, just Wow. Kody Keplinger definitely has some amazing writing skills. When i first read the description for The D.U.F.F. i was very skeptical about if i would like it or not. I feel like i say that about everybook that i end up loving, so maybe i should read every book i get a bad feeling about =]. Anyways, i had a bad feeling, because i thought that it was going to end up being a very depressing, self loathing, no happy ending, type of book when actually it was just the opposite.

One of the things that i really, really loved was the Kody never described what Bianca looks like, so there is no way of knowing if she is the stereotype DUFF or if she is an everyday, average girl which makes it so easy for everyone to connect with her. If you don't know all about her physical appearance, then you can imagine her how you want, and nine out of ten times you are going to picture someone closely related to looking like youself, because you are reading it in first person. If you are anything like me you end up feeling all the emotions of the main character and end up empathing them, because you are too involved in the book, which usually isn't a bad thing, unless the boyfriend in the book cheats, then that spells trouble for the real boyfriend =]

Another thing that i really loved that others might not like or would find weird that i like so much was the language and sexual incounters. I have never read a book that had so many cuss words, especially the f-word and had so many steamy sex scenes. Now, the sex scenes never got too far or went into too much detail, but it was enough to make me giggle and get all giddy, because FINALLY i have found a book where it actually talks and acts how teenagers really do. I think its only, because Kody Keplinger is a teenager and so she isn't too old to remember how her and her friends talked and how people that age act with boys. YA Authors need to remember that even though it seems like they are too young to talk like that or act like that now, but when you were that age it was how it was. So A+ for the language and sexscapades.

I am really happy with how the story line went. I dont think i would have changed a thing, and i really loved the ending. I think this is such a good story that everyone should have on their shelves and that everyone needs to read it. It really is one of those "your born this way", "nothings wrong with you", "feel good" novels. It teaches you something and leaves you feeling good about yourself by the end of the novel.

I really, really loved this novel. I loved that Kody didn't describe Bianca's physical appearance so there was so stereotype image in your head while reading it or the "typical DUFF" and you could just relate to her as if you were her. I also really loved that the teens in the novel actually talked and acted how teenagers do and not the good little kids that adults see them as. I was so happy when i saw how much cursing and how many sexscapades were described, because ive never read a novel so real, but i also appreciate that the sexual events didn't go into too much detail and just stayed on the border or too much and enough. I wouldn't change a thing about this novel and recommend that everyone reads this.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5


Question of the Moment 37

Have you ever felt like "The D.U.F.F." (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of your group of friends?

I have always had a very low self esteem, thanks to an old boyfriend, so yes, i have felt like the DUFF. I think everyone does at some point, hopefully, but i think when you feel it at that moment the grass is always greener on the other side and you just feel like everyone's life is better than yours and that everyone see's you as the designated ugly fat friend. It's hard to remember that everyone feels this way at one point when you're currently that person. I think, though, as long as you have a great set of friends that you can count on and talk to you that you can get through it and realize you're not the only DUFF.

So have you ever felt like The D.U.F.F.? Let me know in the comments below =]