Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 7th 2010
Genres: Dating & Sex, Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Soon to be a major motion picture!Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the designated ugly fat friend--of her crew.But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, 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 plot. This might not have that much of an original story line. I tend to really like these emotional romance novels that feature an asshole main guy. What can I say, I like asshole guys, it’s irrational I know. Bianca was the cynical, sarcastic girl I love to read about. Her story starts out at a teen dance club, where her two best friends are enjoying themselves and she’s just trying to suffer through the night drinking cherry coke at the bar. A good looking guy sits down next to her and to her disappointment it turns out to be Wesley Rush, Resident man-whore. The I’ll sleep with any female that’s willing type, and they’re all willing apparently. Bianca hates him, like completely detests him. He proceeds to tell her he’s only talking to her because he want’s to look good in front of her hot friends, and calls her a Duff.
“You, darling, are the Duff. Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend. No offense, but that would be you. Hey, don’t get defensive. It’s not like you’re an ogre or anything, but in comparison…”
(I cringe at a guy using the world ‘Darling’) At this point I would have been so angry I couldn’t function and would have been frozen in place, so pissed off you could basically see the steam rising off of me; Bianca managed to keep control of her limbs and chucked her drink in his face. Props. Not long after her family life dissolves around her and she can’t control anything in her life. In an attempt to have power over her life and have an escape (if only for awhile) she ends up in a enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
There were some aspects that were a bit cliche, like how Bianca constantly though of Duff. But let’s face it the majority of the teenage girls I’ve met are all hung up over if they’re good looking of not. Myself included. Just like in most cases, this theme is cliche because it’s just a part of life that although not preferable is true.
The characters. Are similar to most realistic fiction characters. Bianca has I’ve meantioned is cynical, saracastic and basically doesn’t care what people care about her. Family issues, love problems all common issues with our main character. Yet she came off as different to me, more independent. Besides not being able to get over the Duff thing, Bianca generally didn’t care what people thought. She was misguided but tried to do what was best. Even her messing around with Wesley didn’t come off as slutty like I thought it would. Wesley was your typical jerk lead guy, seems uncaring but it’s not long before you can start to see his true self(thank god he wasn’t complete mushy sensitive, like some of the guys turn out to be.) Suprise, Suprise he turns out to be a nice guy with family issues himself.
The romance. There isn’t much at first. Just senseless sex. No in-depth descriptions, in case you’re wondering. Towards the end there is some, I was a little iffy about it, not sure if it was because I was unhappy with what was due to the events happening at the time, or if the writing was bad. Probably the earlier. Overall I was happy because there wasn’t any insta-love.
So this review came off a bit sarcastic, don’t let that fool you, I really enjoyed this book. Even though most people I’ve talked to just thought it was okay, It actually ended up being one of my favorite books I’ve read in awhile.