REVIEW: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Year: 2010
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
ASIN/ISBN: 9780316084239
Genre: Fiction, YA
Pages: 280

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.

Review
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.

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REVIEW: More Than This by Jay McLean

I received a free copy of this book from the author.
This book contains strong language and sex
Read on July 21, 2013
4.5 stars
“Every Princess has one Prince to share the loves and joys of life, and do you know how that princess knows which prince is hers?”
“How mommy?”
“From the kiss.”
“But how?”
“The very first kiss with your Prince will change your life. When your lips touch for the first time, the earth will feel like it stops moving, but in the same moment the world around you spins. It’ll feel like fireworks in the night sky. Like a bright light in the darkness. You’ll feel your heart beat fast in your ears but silence will surround you. And when you pull apart and open your eyes and look at each other and really see each other.You’ll know it in that moment through that kiss, that you’ve just let someone own a piece of your heart, and you’ll live happily ever after.”

The Book
Mikayla (aka Kayla/Micky)’s happy life is turned upside down on her prom night when she discovers that her boyfriend of 4 years (James) has been cheating on her with her best friend Megan for 2 years, she meets Jake and 5 of his friends who cheer her up.
After prom, she goes home to find her family of her mum, dad and sister, dead.
Thus begins a new chapter in her life with Jake and his family and friends.
My Thoughts
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this book but I was blown away.
I looooooooooved this book. it was so intense and emotional and beautiful and funny and tear jerking.
This is one of those books you read and you want everyone you know to read it so you can talk about it
I love how everything is not oh so easy and rosy. I love how the author told us the story from two different POVs
I love how the author uses language that teenagers actually use. I have read a number of books in which the author’s attempt at writing the way teenagers speak failed miserably.
The writing is great. I could feel with and for the characters. I could connect with the book. I was so sucked in, I finished it in one sitting.
It was well written and there were a lot of emotions.
Only two things didn’t really. connect for me:
1. That Jake’s friends were so accepting of Mikayla. In my opinion and experience, teenagers do not open up so quickly to a new person in their circle.
2. Jake’s accent.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I also think the cover could have been much better. It looks like it’s for a paranormal.
Recommended for everyone.(except people who are sensitive to strong language)
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UPDATE: So there’s a new cover which I love