I’m really averse to doing things that I don’t like, which includes giving presentations (but I still give them), getting flu shots (but I still get them), going to tennis camp (but I still go), and writing reviews for books I don’t like (but I’ll still do it). I can actually feel an invisible, mental barrier come up every time I think about doing these things, but I push through anyway. It makes me a better, stronger person in the end… I think.
I must admit that I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie trailer and really liked it. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same way about the book. The DUFF is about seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper who gets into a frenemies-with-benefits relationship with “man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush” (I didn’t say this, the synopsis did!) – the very boy who nicknamed her the Duff (designated ugly fat friend). The reason why Bianca got herself into that situation was because of problems at home that she didn’t want to deal with, and lo and behold, she ends up developing feelings for Wesley. I think my main problem is that I didn’t like Bianca that much, and this first-person narrative didn’t help. She’s a very volatile character, and lashes out often because she doesn’t know what else to do. While she gets more and more involved with Wesley, Bianca is completely blind to the changes in her relationships with her best friends and her family. Then Love Triangle happens, and it’s a downward spiral from there.
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The premise for Wallbanger was what caught my attention – Caroline’s neighbor (who she’s dubbed “Simon Wallbanger” is having a lot of sex with a lot of different women, and this is relevant to Caroline because Simon’s bed keeps banging against the wall between their two bedrooms. Needless to say, Caroline becomes very sleep-deprived and sexually frustrated. Then, she finally gets angry enough to confront him, and you know the rest of the story. The characters are charming, the story straightforward, and the only problem I had was that the book felt like it should’ve ended waaay before it actually ended; the plot dragged a little bit, but it was enough for the jokes to not seem as funny and the characters not as charming.