Okay, so here’s something: I not only finished Amy and Roger today, I also started and finished The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger. *Note: some language is used in the book, as well as some offensive terms referenced in the review.
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t thing 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.
The acronym in general is offensive, but this guy Wesley at first just doesn’t seem to care that it’s a terrible nickname, like calling someone Whore. After a while, when it becomes habit, not a personal affront, it didn’t really bother me anymore, even though it bothered Bianca (and this might be because I was reading, and so not taking personal interest into account) but also because the author was making a point through Bianca as well, which you don’t find out until the end what it is, so I’m not going to spoil it. However, I will say that Bianca is awesome! I loved her commentary and her snarky actions, like throwing her Cherry Coke in Wesley’s face. However, I also liked that there was more to her than that – she wasn’t completely insecure and obsessive over weight like you might have expected (but she also threw in snide comments about her own “fat ass”). And I much as I hated Wesley in the beginning, thinking him obnoxious, stupid, arrogant, and an all-around winner of the Jerk Award, as Bianca grew to trust him and enjoy his company, so did I.
This book was a bit explicit with details, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone not over 13 years old, unless they’re very mature. The extremes and drug-like addictions are scary, but also eye opening to bullying that takes place everyday. I loved how the author enforced the idea of anti-bullying and basically everything parents tell kids when they go to middle/high school (don’t do drugs, etc.) but without saying it outright. Instead, she truly used her story as an example. Not only was it entertaining with romance, not-so-romance, and family drama (!!), I liked how this book was about normal, everyday life but I enjoyed reading about it. I mean, who wants to read about going to school every day, doing homework, blah, blah, that most of us are either going through at present or have gone through before. But Keplinger made it interesting and definitely worth my while.
And by the way, the cover? Amazing!
Up next to review will hopefully be a Sarah Dessen book, soon.