Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Genre: Fiction, YA
Description: 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.
A bit underwhelming considering all the hype. I decided to read it because I saw that the movie was out in cinemas and I wanted to read it first before watching the movie.
The DUFF thing was unexplored which is surprising as it’s supposed to be the main arch of the book. It was just there in the background, but seemed to be unimportant.
I did enjoy reading the book. It’s interesting and well written, but when I thought deeply about it, there was really no substance to the story. And it’s filled with too many unhealthy relationships. Cassie and Bianca. Bianca and Wesley. Bianca and Toby. Bianca and her dad. Her dad and her mum. Too many bad relationships.
The book is a very light read.