Publisher: Hodder’s Children’s Books
Author: Kody Keplinger
Series: Hamilton High; Book One
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, High School Life
Read: 29th June 2015
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 see the 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…
I super, super, super enjoyed this book! I found it realistic and fun and loved how cynical and down to earth Bianca was.
We see from the get go how Bianca doesn’t enjoy being in a club, doesn’t enjoy places where she can’t be herself and gets headaches from constant techno music. (Understandable) It’s here at the Nest, an underage club, that Bianca is found by Wesley Rush, the school’s resident manwhore. It’s with this encounter that Bianca first hears of a DUFF – the Designate Ugly, Fat Friend. Naturally, Bianca doesn’t take this well and Wesley ends up with Cherry Coke over his head.
Unable to keep the word DUFF off her mind after that night, Bianca finds herself paired with her most hated person – Wesley Rush – for an English paper. With it, she finds herself using Wesley and finding herself addicted to him. She still hates him, until he finds out that her parents are getting a divorce and her dad is drinking again after 18 years of sobriety. He’s there when things take a turn for the worse and Bianca confides in him.
And hates herself for it. Realising that she’s left her friends behind to get her high, Bianca goes back to her friends and cuts Wesley off. She finds her long time crush Toby Tucker asking her out and, delighted and trying to keep Wesley off her mind, Bianca accepts.
Wesley, however, isn’t going to give up that easily, or let Bianca run away from her problems again. They confront each other and part ways, Bianca with Toby and Wesley hung up on Bianca.
A thoroughly enjoyable book about friendship, labels and boys, I thought this book was amazing!
If you liked To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before or Since You’ve Been Gone, you’ll find this book very enjoyable. I would recommend that if you’re getting tired of all the star crossed lover stories, this would be a book for you.
I have given this book a 5/5🌟