Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads):
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 "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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.  

My take - Nicknames suck and so do stereotypes but admit it, we all do it.  Even as adults we often have stereotypes for each other.  I remember when I was in high school and a friend of mine (not the prettiest or the most popular) used to sneak out of class (actually she'd ask to go to the bathroom) and meet one of the football players behind the stairs.  They would make out just about every class.  She'd come back breathless and flushed and she only told me because I of course wasn't going to tell anyone...until now...on my blog...whoops! (c'mon people, that was AGES ago).  Anyway, I think he was secretly afraid to be seen with her because she didn't have the same "status" and she liked the power that she had knowing that she could crush his reputation at any time... can't wait to read The Duff!  I wonder how similar my friend's situation is to this one.  Maybe it will bring me back to high school...

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