January 26, 2012
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
This book is a great way to think about the politics of women. We all think at some point, "I'm too ugly or I'm too fat." But it's not true (Mostly). And we usually bounce back from it or off of it. But sometimes somebody says something that you can't Bounce back from as easily.A great tale of Love, and accepting yourself. I Love this Book.
Here's the Blurb:
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 give this book Four Stars.
"Wesley stood up, his face hard and serious. He grabbed me by the shoulders and held me firmly, forcing me to look up at him.
“Listen to me,” he said. “You are not a whore. Are you listening, Bianca? What you are is an intelligent, sassy, sarcastic, cynical, neurotic, loyal, compassionate girl. That’s what you are, okay? You’re not a slut or a whore or anything remotely similar. Just because you have some secrets and some screwups… You’re just confused… like the rest of us.”