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 liked Bianca. I felt like I could relate and I definitely have felt like a DUFF many times in my life. I have some beautiful friends, so it is hard not to feel jealous or a little less than beautiful once and a while. She was tough, but yet sensitive, she knew who she was, but also knew that she did not have enough courage to be herself.
- Wesley was great, he was perfect stereotype high school hottie. I enjoyed seeing him let go and actually open up to Bianca. Their crazy banter was fun to read.
- I liked Bianca's two best friends a lot. They were both so real and great friends. They love Bianca and did not treat her like the way she saw herself after she was called a Duff. They genuinely cared for her and knew that something was up when she was ignoring her.
- Bianca's relationship with her father was complex, but they genuinely cared for each other. I really liked they way they stuck together and worked out their issues.
- I was sad that the book was not at all like the trailer. The names and places were the same, but the theme for the movie was completely different. I actually would have liked the book a lot better if it was like the movie but instead it was Bianca using Wesley for sex whenever she was upset or wanted a release. Not really what I wanted to read when I started the book. I did like the ending and the theme of the book, but I was disappointed with the sexual content in the book. I enjoy YA because it isn't normally so sexually charged. I would really rather promote safe and healthy relationships.