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 “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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 gist of this book is Bianca's world is turned upside down and to escape she goes to the schools know man-slut, for him to take her mind off all of her problems. He calls her "Duffy" which is "designated ugly fat friend". He tells her that is what she is in the relationship with her friends. Every friendship has one, a friend that isn't as pretty as the others or that weighs a little more..... and in her trio of friends she is it.
They have this secret relationship and she finds that he listens well, she starts to have feelings for him. Ooops, can't have that!! So she goes out with the guy she has had a crush on forever. He is smart, cute, and he is a safe choice for her to date. She doesn't feel the same spark but oh well she will eventually, right?
This is where I had my epiphany, the author quoted from Wuthering Heights.
“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary."
Do you choose one that loves you and will do anything for you, everyone like this person, you are sure you will grow to have that fire with them, right? You have feelings for him, or at least you tell your yourself you do. He treats you like a princess, but there isn't any fire. You don't feel any passion with this person. He was your rebound guy and you let it go on for to long.
Okay, that was my epiphany. That really happen to me in my early 20's and I didn't realize it until now in my 40's. I won't bore you with the details of who I picked and all of the dramatics because you don't care and I need to finish this review.
This is a great coming of age story. Sometimes I wonder why I don't give more YA novels a chance, most of what I have read, I have really liked. They make me reminisce and think way too much about "what if". I really think this could make a lot of young ladies take a step back and think about themselves, maybe have better self esteem. I fear the movie will not be a close enough adaptation of the book to get the point across. Those that have read the book first are going to be disappointed. Those who love the movie and see it was based on a book, then reads the book, will be in for a surprise.
I give this book 5 stars!