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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
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Jan 03, 2011

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Seventeen year old Bianca Piper knows she isn't that attractive or glamourous like her friends. But when arrogant and handsome Wesley Rush calls her the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), Bianca has no objections other than throwing her drink at his face- thus starting a deep hatred between the two. But things are going well at home, and when an assignment brings her and Wesley together, she finds he's the perfect distraction. That is, until things get complicated and out of control.

I was looking forward to reading this, because most of the reviews I've read were positive. Again, maybe I've built up high expectations, because, while it was a quick read, I couldn't connect with it. First, let me say that for a 18 year old, Keplinger writes very well. I liked the main idea of the story, however, it didn't feel like it reached it's potential.

Bianca, while feisty and very in your face (and I liked that about her), she can be melodramatic. I didn't feel like any of the characters developed (yes, things changed, but not "developed"). The dialogue was flat, and did not at all help in building the characters, or make their interaction believable (between her & Wesley especially). Most of it was recycled (the same lines came up later, exactly the same way). It was a little disappointing. Still, I congratulate Keplinger on her debut, and hopefully, she'll tap into her potential.

A revised and detailed review will be on my blog.
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message 1: by H (last edited Jan 07, 2011 07:46AM) (new)

H Not all authors' debut novels are that great. Most of the famous authors of today rather put their first published books out of publication later on (like Anthony Horrowitz).

The idea is a cliche. Potential love interest between two people that always fight/hate each other. Getting to know each other through assignments/projects.

Same formula.

Asma Haha, yes. I usually like those types of formulas, but.. it wasn't well executed. =/ The characters weren't engaging, and too much swearing! Too much! >_<

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