This book was hilarious and awesome. One of my new favorites.
The book is about a girl named Bianca who gets the new nickname, The DUFF (designated ugly fat friend)from Wesley Rush who is a man-whore and will sleep with anything that has a v*****. He coins this nickname while talking to Bianca in hopes of getting her helping him get into one of her friends pants. AS if that would get anyone to help someone. Anyway, Bianca's life at home becomes very difficult and she uses Wesley (even though she hates him) to escape the stress and feelings. It starts off as a single kiss which leads into great sex. Of course that doesn't work out too well when they both start to fall for each other.
I loved Bianca. She is so sarcastic, bitch and cynical...she reminds me of myself..in a good way. She doesn't take any bullshit and calls thing like she sees them. She's not fooled by anyone or anything and she is kind of like an adult instead of a teenager in high school. She decided to vent her feelings and stress in a way that may not be too smart: sex with someone she hates. Bianca has been hurt by a guy in the past so she is not a gushy romantic girl who falls in love. Throughout the whole book, even when she gets feelings for Wesley, she never uses the word love. She believes, and in part she is right, that teenagers don't really fall in love and that romantic love takes years to develop. I do applaud Keplinger for this in her book because frankly, the word love gets thrown around too freely in books, movies, and in real life. Love is a huge feeling and huge commitment and its shouldn't be taken lightly. Bianca's home life sucks at the moment~ her mom wants a divorce that causes her father to spiral back into his drinking habit. All the while Wesley is there for Bianca and not only for sex. He listens to her about her life and he confides to her about his. There are scenes where they play video games and scrabble together to pass the time. He even saves and takes care of her one night where he dad has a particularly bad night of drinking and hits her. Wesley knows all her secrets and never tells anyone. He had become her friend and she began to have feelings for him which causes her to do something stupid and end it with him. Of course it doesn't take, she dates someone else but in the end she ends up with Wesley which I really wanted to happen and am happy with the ending. Her talk with him about their relationship is hilarious: "You are going to take me on dates. Nice dates....And I'm probably going to be a bitch most of the time. I guarantee I'll find a reason to yell at you almost everyday and don't be surprised if a few drinks get dumped on you from time to time. That's just me and you're going to have to deal with it. Because I'm not changing for you or anyone else". sweet lol
I also really liked Wesley. While he is a man-whore he really is a good person. He is egotistical, full of himself, confident and cocky. He sexy as hell and he knows it..actually he flaunts it. He doesn't say no to sex and will sleep with anyone. He, like Bianca, is also damaged and has absentee parents. He stays in a mini mansion all alone, while his parents are always away. His sister lives with his grandmother who doesn't like him because of his lifestyle and promiscuity. He sleeps with girls because he is using them to fill the loneliness he feels. And he is just find with that method until Bianca. He was all into the fling they were having but he was also changing as well. He began to fall for her too. After she cut off the fling, he was still worried about her with her father's drinking as well changing himself. He stopped being such a flirt and a slut and he was trying to fix things with his family because of her. Bianca was being difficult and avoiding him but he wasn't giving up on her. He once said to Bianca in the beginning to the book "Wesley Rush doesn't chance girls. They chase him". He wrote a note to her saying "Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you". How sweets. The letter he wrote to her basically professing his love for her was sweet and such an awww moment. I like how she changed him for the better, even though that wasn't what she was trying to do. He did the same for her as well.
I liked Bianca's friends and dad as well. The poor man didn't see the divorce coming and he just couldn't take it so he started drinking again. However he knew it was wrong and after the night when Wesley took Bianca away, he apologized to her and starting attending AA meetings. I loved her friends Casey and Jessica who always looked out for her and was constantly worried about her.
All in all a great read that ended exactly the way I wanted it to. Who could as for better?
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