Saturday, February 11, 2017

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

3 stars

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”  

6931356Okay, weeelll I have a good few things to say about The DUFF and while I know I like it, obviously, because I reread it but my thoughts are still fairly unclear so this review may get messy.

I mean, I'm not loving the message that sex is something that can be used to escape from your other issues. Although, I'm a firm believer that whatever you do with your body is up to you and I don't think it's fair for us to judge each other on our sex lives. This being said, I like that the book deals with Bianca's insecurities of becoming 'that girl' or more bluntly, a whore or slut. Which I personally, don't think are real things. Though, the book kind of does give off that sex is bad and if you have lot's of sex you are a whore. Now, one of my best friends has a lot of sex but does this make her any better than me? Absolutely not. I'm not entirely sure that this book gives too much of a positive sex message.

But, being the sucker for romance and contemporaries that I am, I do kind of really like this. Aside from the not so great sex messages I do like the relationship with Wesley a lot. I am an absolute sucker for that kind of Wuthering Heights type crap and this gives me that. I also adore Casey and Jess, they are such beautiful friends and I love Jess's positivity. I aspire to be Casey and Jess, honestly, they are brilliant friends even when Bianca is kind of a bitch to them.

It's kind of a trashy read, one of those guilty pleasure reads (see, The Selection). It's quick and fulfils whatever I want to get out of a book like this. Also, you've got to keep in mind Kody Keplinger wrote this when she was 17, I know I couldn't write a book like this at 17. So given that, I'm pretty impressed. I don't have a lot to say for it though. I like it, it's trashy and reading it feels like a dirty secret but I like it.


  1. I have to admit I really didn't like this one, and I don't necessarily agree with the message, including the whole DUFF thing (it's kind of ridiculous, imo?) but it was a fun read. My least favorite part was Bianca judging literally everyone, including her own best friends, and then expecting others not to judge her. #notokay
    Great review! :)

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. Definitely. I was trying to be ridiculously positive in my review but there were still a lot of things I didn't agree with.

  2. I felt very similar about this book. It was alright, it kept me reading, but it wasn't great in any aspects at all. I liked the end message of accepting who you are but the other messages about sex, relationships, and just plain how teenagers are portrayed weren't up to my standards. It is incredibly hard to resist the romance, though. Great review! :)

    1. Absolutely, it definitely isn't my favourite in some of the ways it went about portraying things but it was an okay read.