Can’t Define Me

Posted October 30, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Can’t Define MeThe Duff by Kody Keplinger
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Published by Poppy on September 7, 2010
Pages: 296
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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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 “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out 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.

Literary's ViewsWe all are faced with the challenges of labels and being placed into a certain group especially during high school and seventeen year old Bianca Piper is no exception when being labeled the Duff.  Having to deal with the destruction of her family on top of school leaves Bianca to deal with some heavy issues about love, family and self worth. Dealing with all theses issues Bianca never in her wildest imaginations expected that the person who she would run to would actually listen and understand wouldn’t be her best friends Casey & Jessica, but the popular, womanizer Wesley Rush the one who labeled her as the Duff in the first place. Kody Keplinger did a great job creating an entertaining story filled with well developed characters, interesting plot and a story that at the end of the day I felt had a great message.I really enjoyed Bianca and how independent and strong she was with everything falling apart around her she was still able to keep her head up and facing Wesley and his crazy tactics, she was still able to hold her own and stand up for herself. Bianca wasn’t the girl to stand by and let people define her and Wesley quickly found that out much to his surprise and my entertainment.  The chemistry between Bianca and Wesley was what made this story engaging and exciting for me. With both of them having such strong personalities their chemistry blazed off the page.  I really enjoyed reading how their beginning hate and indifference for each other slowly turned to something more as they realized how much they had in common.  Bianca was able to take a once offensive and degrading word and turning it around and making it fit her. Showing Wesley and everyone that labels shouldn’t and wouldn’t define her.

5 Stars

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