This is the first book I’ve ever read in which I didn’t connect with the main character but still managed to make it through to the end. More than that, I actually really enjoyed this story. Has this ever happened to anyone else before?
I’m talking, of course, about Bianca. I mean this girl is cynical with a capital C, and the color of the clouds in my world are almost always Rose-tinted. I think I can count on one hand the things this girl likes in life (herself not include).
Maybe I didn’t connect with Bianca’s character, but I loved that Kody kept her consistent. I was waiting for Bianca to suddenly turn mushy when she realized love was inevitable, but she didn’t. She remained a hard ass with kissing included.
So the story starts off with Bianca on a night out with her two friends, Casey and Jessica, girls that Bianca considers gorgeous. Then this fool, Wesley Rush, approaches her and christens her the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Wesley explains that in order to attract the hot friends aka Casey and Jessica, he must first make the effort with The Duff thus looking like the sensitive soul to the hot friends and assuring himself some action. *coughs* Fucktard!
Bianca (and indeed any reader with ovaries) is disgusted at Wesley’s DUFF jibe, but at the root of her disgust she’s housing an insecurity the size of Asia. Add that to the fact that Bianca’s mom just ditched her and her recovering alcoholic father, well then you’ve got a big ole recipe for self destruction.
Which is why Bianca ends up kissing Wesley and having lots of unemotional, purely physical sex with him. He quiets the noise of emotional upheaval. At least he does until Bianca finds herself growing attached to him.
Why should you read The Duff? Well the story is brilliant, the writing is flawless and it’s nice to see an MC not undergo a personality transplant, but instead witness the love interest, Wesley, receive a well needed attitude-to-women adjustment. Also, I do like that there’s a message at the end of this story and I can certainly see it appealing to girls that are constantly scrutinizing themselves.