on September 7th 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.
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.
WALDORF: Just when you think this show is terrible something wonderful happens.
WALDORF: It ends.
– The Muppet Show
Well, I suppose it’s Unpopular Opinion time, seeing as this book has got nothing but raving high ratings with gushing reviews on top. But from the very first page, I got a feeling of dread as I was thrown into the head of one of the most annoying main characters I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting, as well as heaps of ‘Omigosh!’ and ‘WTF’. Safe to say, I didn’t like it.
I get the appeal of a cynical teenager being a main character, but being inside Bianca’s head was awful. She complained non-stop about everything and everyone. Her best friends are pretty and she has a fat ass, school dances are degrading, blowjobs are degrading, Wesley Rush is an asshole (we don’t really know why she hates him so much, other than the fact that he sleeps with a lot of girls, which is really none of her concern), spending time with her friends is tiresome, cheerleaders are bimbos and so is everyone who sleeps with Wesley Rush, her mother doesn’t wear panty hose, and so it goes on and on and on.
“So what if I gained weight? I was already the Duff, and the one guy I wanted to impress had a serious girlfriend. I could gain seventy pounds and be no worse off.”
It’s nice to know that a girl as intelligent as Bianca has her priorities in the right order. Boys over health, girls! Boys over health.
She’s also completely self-absorbed. She hates teenagers who fall in love in high school. She hates Valentine’s Day. Yet what does she do? Completely ignore her best friends, lie to them, keep secrets from them, hang up on them, avoid them… because she fell in love in high school. On Valentine’s Day. Whoops. And then it’s her friends who are being weird when they stop trying and give up on her. “I didn’t know what the hell her problem was.” Oh, Bianca, I could give you a ten-page essay on what Casey’s problem with you was.
Bianca is an annoying, judgmental, hateful, cynical cow who has no qualms with using people. Using Wesley for sex, using Toby to get over Wesley, not taking her friend Jessica seriously because she’s bright and bubbly, calling her other friend Casey a snobby bitch, snapping at them for no reason, … The list does not end with this one.
“People with cancer smoke pot for medicinal purposes; my situation was very similar.”
And this is where she completely loses me and I lost all sympathy for her. Yes, what happened with her and her parents sucked. But comparing jumping in the sack with a guy you can’t stand to cancer patients? Comparing your love triangle to Wuthering Heights? Get off your high horse, Bianca. The world doesn’t revolve around you.
I can’t like a book if I don’t like the main character, and I couldn’t stop being annoyed with Bianca. She pissed me off to no end, and I have no patience for pointless drama like that.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy, I’m sorry I hated it with the fire of a thousand suns