TITLE: The DUFF
AUTHOR: Kody Keplinger
RELEASE DATE: September 7th 2010, movie released April 6th 2015
PUBLISHER: Hachette childrens books
PAGE COUNT: 280GOODREADS: x
My expectations for the DUFF were, admittedly, low. I'm not usually a massive contemporary fan, there are only a few brilliant ones that have reigned over my favorite fantasy picks, and the synopsis just sounded cheesy.
With all that in mind, I actually ended up really enjoying it! So much so that I stayed up until three in the morning to finish it, and I am a girl who values her beauty sleep. It's definitely not the best quality book, but if your looking for a fun, entertaining read this just might be for you.
The rest of the characters, namely Bianca's friends Jessica and Casey, seemed pretty cliched and one dimensional. They both started off as stereotypical giggly High School girls, and they finished as stereotypical giggly High School girls too. The characters I were most interested were probably Bianca's parents, and the story of their divorce added some much needed depth to the book. In fact, that was one of the aspects that I really enjoyed (Not enjoyed. I do not enjoy people's messy divorces, but I can't think of a better word) reading about.
I'm pretty sure this book was written when the author was a young teenager herself, and although that's a really impressive fact I did feel that it showed through in the writing.It did read a little bit juvenile and the use of abbreviations sometimes got on my nerves. I'm a teenager myself, and the majority of people I know just don't talk like that. The writing did fit the story overall though, so if you're not looking for literary brilliance it probably won't bother you too much.
As the for the plot, I didn't really think there was much of one.It was just Bianca dealing with what was going on with her life and her relationship with Wesley, which could get repetitive and slightly boring at times. Bianca's home life was the bit I was most interested in and I thought there was a good balance between that and her love/friend/school life. Overall it was a fun story line, but it wasn't particularly eventful.
Quick content warning: Bianca and Wesley have sex. A lot. There's nothing really explicit and it didn't bother me personally, but be aware that it's there. Again, this got a little bit repetitive after a while. There's also some strong language, but I don't think it's any worse than the majority of YA books.
One thing I did enjoy in this book was the friendship between Bianca and her friends. It was just nice to see girls who had each others backs and were loyal even when their friendship was tested.
If you're looking for a serious work of literary genius, the DUFF is not for you. It's cheesy and cliche and doesn't have the best writing in the world, but overall it did keep me entertained and I ended up really enjoying reading it. Look out for a movie review some time in April!