This book is NOTHING like the movie!
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.
I feel ashamed to admit I actually read it from beginning to end, too. I hate to say it, but I feel like it was such a huge waste of my time.
Bianca has issues and is ok with being a tramp. End of book.
I think one of my biggest pet peeves about the contents of this book is that it shows readers that sex can be therapy/escapism, and it is a horrible idea. HORRIBLE. The author should have shed light on the wide[spread STD crisis if her characters were going to be sex addicts. Let's not only focus on the unrealistic aspects of how the main characters chose to spend their time. Biance and Wesley falling for each other over shared family problems is a bunch of crap. We all know if you go into sex for the physical pleasure, the emotional connection will never be there on both partners' accounts. And yet, the "relationship" did form. I'm sorry, but I did not buy it.
The message behind the characters really could have gone in a different direction and been powerful. The issues they both face is easy to relate to for some kids, I'm sure. I know I'm of mixed company, but I think the large amount of casual sex in this book took away from the other positives; therefore, it was not that great of a book for me. Basically, it's a YA 50 Shades of Grey (minus the freaky stuff).
I would not be putting this one in my classroom library or recommending it to kids. Hopefully the movie is more PG-13 than the book.