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.
REVIEW: This book certainly opened with a bang–Bianca’s sitting at a bar in a teen club, waiting for her two friends to stop dancing when the school’s “man-slut” Wesley tries to chat her up. Bianca’s having none of it, especially considering she knows how he operates. And then he calls her The Duff, explaining it means the “Designated Ugly, Fat Friend”. Bianca tosses a drink in his face and drives her friends home.
The relationship between the characters really made this book so realistic and such an interesting read. I loved how the girls all looked out for one another and how snarky Bianca was about Wesley–even after she kisses him (and more. Much more.). There was even some good parental interaction, which you don’t always see in YA (parents tend to be absent parents in YA more often than not). And Bianca’s problems at home, with her mom and dad, are what lead her to turn to Wesley for comfort.
I wasn’t so sure about the Wesley-Bianca relationship. I mean, once for whatever reason (in Bianca’s case, she needed the comfort of being wanted and to erase her home stress), I guess I can understand it. But again and again and again? Okay, I can see Wesley letting it go on with no need for an explanation. He’s a stereotypical guy (at least, at first) who just wants to get some action. But Bianca? She seemed to be too smart and self-confident to do that to herself. However, without going into too much detail, I did like how Bianca and Wesley’s relationship continued to develop (sex aside).
All in all, a well-constructed story–very enjoyable.
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