So this marks the last day of #ReadTheDUFF Read-a-long!
I am currently in Florida, enjoying a much needed vacation with my amazing boyfriend at Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I still wanted to share with you guys once again, a book that is very special and close to my heart!
So this is the first time I've ever done this, but for the first time ever I, The Romance Bookie, will be RE-Reviewing a book!!! Wow, I can't believe I'm doing this!
But when you feel so passionate about a story, and it's been years and years since you've reviewed it, why not?!
Anyway, I reviewed Kody Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF back in 2011 (HERE is that review), shortly after it first was released, and it was one of my very very first reviews! No joke!
One of the reasons, why I'm Re-Reviewing The DUFF, is because back in 2011, The DUFF did not get a proper review on it's own. It was put together with a bunch of other books, because during that week I went through this obsessive reading binge where I read like SEVEN books in SEVEN days! I know crazy right?
Anyway, finally for the first time ever, I'm going to give The DUFF it's very own review. Something it deserved to get a long time ago...
So here goes...
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.
So like I said back in 2011, and what I thought to myself as I reread it again in 2011 and then AGAIN in 2012, and possibly 2013, is that I LOVE this book! It is seriously on my life of all-time favorite books ever!!
But now, that I have read in 2015 again, I get add something that wasn't true before...I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!
Which btw, I SAW A FEW WEEKS AGO!!! Yes, me, The Romance Bookie, because of my "connections" (ooh, that's exciting to say!) got to see The DUFF movie way early, over a month before it actually hits theaters!!
Because I've been a supporter of Kody's since pretty much the very beginning, I was chosen as one of the lucky bloggers to help promote The DUFF movie!! Trust me, when I say, I started screaming at work with excitement when I got that email!!
I will of course, take this job very seriously, and hope to do an amazing job of helping!!
OMG, Fangirling!!!!! I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT TO SEE IT!!!
Okay, I'm okay now.
So yes, it might be an understatement to say that I love this book.
Now to the reason why I love this book...
The reason this book caught my eye, all those years ago in Barnes and Noble, was because of the title. The DUFF?
Well, not exactly, it was the words hidden within that four letter shortening that caught my eyes...
That is what "DUFF" stands for. I hadn't even read what the story was about, but my first thought all those years ago, when I read that was...
I am the DUFF.
Reading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger helped me realize a lot of things. For one, having great friends is very important, when you find them.
And for two, always follow your heart.
And finally, what I really meant by how much I love the message of this book, is that no matter how pretty or skinny, or how many guys ask us out, every girl has most likely felt like the DUFF in their group of friends. They may not have been able to put a name to it, but after reading The DUFF, I just knew that was the perfect description, while morbid, and sad, still the most perfect way to explain how all teenage girls have felt in their life.
Anyway, overall rating...
Kody wrote a book that every teenage girl should read. Any girl that has had self-esteem issues, felt like she didn't fit into her friends' group, READ THIS BOOK!!!!
It holds so many answers!!
Anyway, you'll be seeing a lot more posts for the upcoming release of The DUFF movie, starring Mae Whitman, as Bianca, and Robbie Amell as Wesley. So freaking excited!!! :)
Also don't forget to join us on February 2nd, for the Twitter chat with KODY KEPLINGER, herself, where everyone gets the opportunity to ask her any questions they may have!! You do not want to miss this!! I'm trying to be there, but I'll be in Florida that week on vacation enjoying Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I'm going to try to join in for a bit! :) It's going to be at 8 pm (EST) and 5pm (PCT)!
The Romance Bookie :)