Book Review: The DUFF

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, 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.

I watched The DUFF movie a while back and I absolutely loved it and I’ve been dying to get my hands on the book ever since. Therefore when I went to an indie bookstore the other day and saw it there I had to buy it.

I don’t know if I’d say the book was better than the movie but I will say the book definitely had a lot more going on. I hate that the film changed the relationship between Bianca’s parents because I really liked her dad in the book and we don’t even see her dad in the movie.

Also, I really loved the relationship between Wesley and Bianca in the book. I like that they start out as kind of like friends with benefits but not really because Bianca hates him. I also found it very cute when they got to know each other and started opening up to each other.

Okay, the more I think about it the more I realize the book is definitely better than the movie but isn’t that always the case? The book was just so much deeper than the film made it out to be. The film kind of just recreated She’s All That (a great film, by the way, if you haven’t seen it) and threw in the term DUFF. Otherwise the movie is way off base from the book.

I’m definitely glad I saw the movie before I read the book because I can see now why so many people were upset about the movie. The book was so much more complex and I liked the characters way more in the book. Also, I don’t understand why the movie felt the need to add a mean girl when there was no mean girl in the novel. At least, not one that bullied Bianca.

Anyway, my point is this book is amazing and you should definitely read it. I totally have a huge crush on Wesley Rush and I just want to reread this book so I can fall in love with him again. So cute and funny and perfect!

Borrow or Buy: Buy it! Buy it now!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.”

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Kate Tilton

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