After watching the movie The Duff I was quite interested in reading the book. I did a little research online and found out that the book and the movie don’t share many similarities at all. I went into the book with almost no knowledge of what the book was actually going to be like since the movie only shares the same name.
The only part of the movie and the book that are remotely close to the same is the premise of Wesley calling Bianca the Designated Ugly Fat Friend and him talking to her to get to her two beautiful friends. In the book Bianca lives with her father and her mother is off doing motivational speeches all over the country. Her parent’s life is a bit of a mess and her mother ends up filing for divorce, which leads her father to fall back into his old drinking habits. As this is happening Bianca falls into an unlikely friendship of sorts with womanizer Wesley who himself is dealing with problems with his absentee parents and judgmental grandmother. Without even realizing it Bianca and Wesley help each other cope with the problems they are facing.
The book turned out to be a very meaningful coming of age story that depicts a young woman dealing with insecurities, sex, and family troubles. I would have liked to see this story’s take on the big screen instead of the farce that took its name. It’s not very often that movies depict coming of age stories of young women in an accurate manor. For some reason, society would rather see a glossed up version of teenage life and though it can be entertaining it is nice to see something real on the screen. The manic pixie dream girls and boys are fine and dandy, but it’s nice to see two characters with depth help each other without one being nothing other than an imaginary version of a human.
I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. I highly recommend this book to any one who wants a quick read that isn’t just fluff. You will not regret it.
Happy reading fangirls!
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