Monday, 20 April 2015

BOOK REVIEW- THE DUFF

TITLE:  Hamilton High: The Duff: Movie Tie-in
AUTHOR:  Kody Keplinger
PUBLISHER:   Hodder Children's Books
AGE GROUP: 14+
RATING:  3/5
SOURCE: Given by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS-

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is smart, cynical, loyal - and well aware that she's not the hot one in her group of friends. But when high-school jock and all round moron Wesley Rush tells her she's a DUFF - a Designated, Ugly Fat Friend - Bianca does not the see funny side. She may not be a beauty but she'd never stoop so low as to go anywhere near the likes of Wesley... Or would she? Bianca is about to find out that attraction defies looks and that sometimes your sworn enemies can become your best friends...

Bianca, (who is the main protagonist in the book), is cynical, sarcastic, and a hot headed teenager. The novel starts with Bianca and her two friends, Casey and Jessica, in a club called 'The Nest-' where she bumps into one of her classmates: Wesley. He is very much a player- and has slept with the majority of the girls in their school. When Wesley informs Bianca that he thinks she is 'The Duff, (The Designated Ugly Fat Friend), in her group of peers, she isn't very pleased. The name seems to stick to Bianca- as she struggles to subvert from this label, as she has a lot of self-confidence issues. When Bianca's life starts to turn upside down, she finds herself creeping into a dangerous territory- that she never thought she would stoop so low to do...

Bianca learns that she is this so called, 'Duff,' within the first chapter: so it was made quite clear that teenagers judge people before they even get to know them. When reading the first half of the novel- I really didn't like that a facious label could make a young woman want to escape out of her world, and ending up sleeping with the person that called her, 'The Duff.'  But, as the book progresses, you can see that Bianca has started to adopt feminist attitudes: which I liked. Throughout the whole book, different things were blown up out of proportion; that I don't think has ever been a large issue in an average teenagers adolescence.

However, Kody Keplinger has definitely written in a style that most teenagers can relate to: and some of the characters are very real, and I could easily substitute them for people that I know. Sometimes I loved Bianca and Wesley, but sometimes I did hate them. The book covers a broad range of issues: such as alcoholism and divorce; which is always nice to see. Overall, I rate this book 3/5 hoots- as it wasn't breathtaking; but it was an easy, empathetic read.

                  

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  1. I didn't enjoy this one all that much. I agree and think that the characters and situations were very real. I just don't like how some of the situations were too easily resolved. I found it odd that Bianca's alcoholic father binge drank and hit her, but then everything was forgiven the next day. I also didn't understand why Bianca felt the need to "escape" her life via Wesley when it seemed like she expected her parents to divorce the entire time. Oh well. I'm one of the rare few that didn't like this. Haha. Awesome review! (:


    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by my blog- I have left a comment on your post. :)

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  2. I too didn't enjoy the book that much, although it was hilarious and a great quick read, I didn't really connect with Bianca as a character. As you said, I found the book really real and I could compare the characters to people around me. Great review!
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

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    1. I didn't connect with Bianca either! Thanks for visiting, I have left a comment on your post. :)

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  3. I have The Duff on my Kindle through NetGalley. The film looks great. Definitely reading the book first.

    Emma Louise xx
    www.emmaloubookblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I would read the book first. Thanks for visiting, I have left a comment on your post. :)

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