the duff

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.

I really wanted to read this before I watched the film. Kinda glad I did, kinda wished I hadn’t. It’s a nice story. But some of it bothered me. Bianca seemed like she was a good friend then she was acting horribly and ignoring her friends who were only trying to help. I know she was meant to cynical, but I do wish she had a little more self confidence, because with the little she had there would have been no way she would have kissed Wesley.

She should have told her friends about her dad, they could have helped, if not them, then their parents, they would have known what to do, how to help him.

Her friends seem nice, but I am not the biggest fan of people being portrayed as dumb. Least she wasn’t that dumb, just dumb enough to believe her friends’ lies.

I enjoyed the ending, just wish there was a little more, a little more about what happened after, what her friends thought, him meeting her dad and going back to school as a couple. Would have been a better ending for me.

3.5 stars out of 5