It’s sad but true that many girls consider themselves unattractive or somehow “less than” other girls around them. All they need is one person to confirm their belief, and they will not listen to all of the other people around them who try to reassure them that they are, in fact, beautiful just they way they are. In this story, Bianca is certain that she is fat and ugly. Her friends don’t seem to think so, but she figures they are just being nice. Then, of course, she has an encounter with Wesley Rush, womanizer extraordinaire, who flat-out calls Bianca a DUFF [Designated Ugly Fat Friend]. He explains to Bianca that he is being nice to her because her more beautiful friends will see the act of kindness, think he is sweet for giving Bianca some attention, and then be more likely to sleep with him. Such a sweetheart!
The story is extremely complicated, between Bianca’s tumultuous family life and her dealings with Wesley, so trying to summarize is pretty difficult and would likely end with spoilers. What I can tell you, though, is that I was very impressed that Kody Keplinger didn’t pull any punches. The gritty language and teen sexuality certainly make this a book for older teens, but I think Keplinger’s open and honest treatment of Bianca’s feelings and actions will help readers to be more honest with themselves.