Friday, October 5, 2012

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger


Titolo/ Title: The Duff
Autore/ Author: Kody Keplinger
Series: Autoconclusivo / Standalone
Casa Editrice/ Publisher: Little Brown - Poppy
Pagine/ Pages: 280
Genere / Genre: young adult, contemporary
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Sommario: La diciassettenne Bianca Piper è cinica e fedele e non pensa proprio di essere la più carina tra le sue amiche. È anche troppo intelligente per farsi abbindolare dal fascino del bellissimo Wesley, noto per andare a letto con tutte le ragazze. In effetti Bianca lo odia e quando lui la chiama DUFF, lei gli getta della Coca-Cola in faccia. 
Ma le cose a casa non vanno molto bene e Bianca ha un disperato bisogno di una distrazione e finisce per baciare Wesley. Peggio ancora, le piace! Desiderosa di una scappatioia, Bianca si getta in una relazione del genere 'nemici con benefit'. 
Finché tutto non va all'aria. Sembra che Wesley non se la cavi male ad ascoltare e anche la sua vita è parecchio incasinata. All'improvviso, Bianca, con orrore, capisce che si sta innamorando del ragazzo che pensava di odiare. 

Oggi ho deciso di parlarvi di un romanzo scritto da una giovanissima ragazza. Si tratta di The Duff di Kody Keplinger. È uno young adult e si sente, ma la freschezza della scrittura e l'approfondimento psicologico dei personaggi mi hanno colpito così tanto da farmi sorvolare sulla trama, a tratti un po' scontata.

DUFF è il soprannome che il bellissimo e popolare Wesley dà alla diciassettenne Bianca. Cosa significa DUFF? Designated Ugly Fat Friend, che tradotto per noi poveri italiani vuol dire l'amica brutta e grassa che ogni ragazza popolare ha al fianco. Un soprannome gentile, vero? E per quanto Bianca finga che la cosa non le importi, il soprannome brucia. Lei, sarcastica, irriverente, assolutamente sprezzante del fascino da bad boy di Wesley, è presa dai suoi problemi familiari e di certo non ha tempo per stupidi ragazzi che danno altrettanto stupidi soprannomi.

O no?

Nonostante il suo palese odio per Wesley, finisce tuttavia per andarci a letto e, pian piano, scopre lati di lui che non credeva esistessero. Mentre continuano a trattarsi male il più delle volte, la loro relazione sessuale prosegue, perfetta valvola di sfogo per i loro conflitti familiari e i disagi adolescenziali. Ovviamente il tutto precipita e nel finale… Oh, beh, il finale non ve lo racconto, ma direi che è molto carino!

La diciannovenne Kody ha colto perfettamente i drammi e i problemi di due adolescenti e senza troppi peli sulla lingua parla di famiglie disastrate, sesso, relazioni sbagliate, amicizie strampalate. Uno stile fresco, ironico, smaliziato che mi ha conquistato subito, nonostante io non prediliga libri di questo genere. Eppure i personaggi sono estremamente realistici nei loro difetti e nelle loro debolezze, Wesley con il suo portarsi a letto chiunque gli capiti a tiro e Bianca con le sue insicurezze. La chimica tra loro e i divertenti siparietti sono uno dei tanti motivi per cui questo libro mi è piaciuto, ma anche il fatto che, in fondo, è capitato di sentirmi anche io un po' DUFF. E ogni tanto capita ancora.

La citazione che mi ha colpito:

“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs.” 

Attualmente il libro è inedito in Italia.



Synopsis: 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.

Today I'd like to talk about a contemporary young adult written by a very young author, The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Its refreshing style and the psychological analysis of the characters made such an impact on me that I completely forgot the flaws and clichés of the plot.

DUFF is the nickname that the gorgeous and popular Wesley gives to seventeen-year-old Bianca. What does it mean? It stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, the friend that every beautiful girl has to have. Such a kind nickname, don't you think? And even if Bianca acts like she doesn't care, the nickname hurts her more than she can admit. Sarcastic and brilliant Bianca, absolutely immune to Weasley's 'bad boy' charm, has to deal with family problems and does not have time for stupid guys giving her stupid nicknames.

Or maybe she's wrong.

Even if she hates Wesley, she ends up having sex with him and she soon learns to see a different side of the womanizer she used to know. While they keep on bitching around, their sexual relationship goes on, the perfect way to relieve the stress of torn families and teenage drama. But in the end something goes wrong and…Wait, I am NOT going to tell you how it ends, but rest assured, it's sooo nice!

Nineteen-year-old Kody has perfectly pictured the drama and problems of two teenagers and she talks with no shame of messed-up families, sex, wrong relationships and weird friendships. Her style is ironic, witty, wonderfully brilliant and immediately fascinated me, even if I don't really like contemporary young adults. Her characters are so believable, with their weaknesses and their flaws: Wesley with his sex addiction and Bianca with her insecurities. They are perfect in their interaction and their funny moments is one of the reasons that made me love this book. The other is that, well, I sometimes felt like a DUFF. Actually, it still happens.

My favourite quote:

“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs.” 

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I've only read one book by Kody, but now I want to read more and I'm definitely thinking of starting with The DUFF.
    Great review!

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    1. Oh, so happy you liked the review!!! And yes, I find Kody's writing very intersting and I love her humour!

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  2. I just found this in my library (in Croatian) and I'll be reading it next week. I had no idea the author was so young! That's cool!

    I found your blog through Belle's FB page. I'm a big fan of Cicada :)
    New follower here and on FB! Happy reading!

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    1. Hi Ivana, thank you for following and commenting!

      I'm a big fan of Cicada, too, and Belle is awesome. I hope you'll like The Duff. I really enjoeyed it and I'm planning to read more of Kody's books

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