Oh. My. Gosh.
This was not a book I wanted to read. Why? Because I'd heard that there was a lot of colorful language and a lot of sex. However, after attending a writers conference in SC and listening to everyone rave about the writing in this book, I decided I had to read it strictly for research purposes. HAHA. I want to be a published author - and to accomplish that, I need to be aware of the other books on the shelf. Right? Even if the book was written by an EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD. **color me jealous**
Oh. My. Gosh... Wait - I already said that - sorry.
This book is definitely rated R. Have no doubts about that. Lots of f-words and lots of sex.
But I'll tell you what... the writing is fantastic. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I shook my head (which made it harder to read). But the bottom line is: I could NOT put it down.
DUFF stands for the designated ugly fat friend. And the boy who calls Bianca (the m.c.) this is a total jerk... until we get to know him better. But, as the author states on the back flap of the book, "I always felt like the ugly girl in high school - my best friends are insanely gorgeous - so when I was introduced to the word during my senior year, I knew I was the Duff. The idea of writing a book with Duff in the title started as a joke, but when I realized that my friends felt like Duffs, too, I knew I had to write this story."
And that's compelling. We all feel insecure. We all get emotional. We all have problems. The question is how we choose to deal with these things. Now, I would deal with it differently than Bianca... I would eat chocolate and pizza. Ha. But the point is the same. We need to choose how we deal with our insecurities in life.