Book Review #4: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

The DUFFNow, I didn’t read this on my iPod (Yes, I purchased the actual book), but I know that you can still purchase and read this as an ebook so it still qualifies for an review!

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a Young Adult Novel by Kody Keplinger. I remember reading this book in 2011 when I was 16 and not really understanding the book at that time, but 2 nights ago, I finally watch the movie and I had a sudden urge to re-read this book. At age 20, I can finally say that I love this book, I can really relate to it and its characters, and I read it in under one day.

The DUFF is a novel about a young woman named Bianca Piper. She is neither pretty or ugly, but she is less attractive than her best friends, Casey and Jessica. While she knows this, it does not bother her until she bumps into Wesley Rush (her later on love interest) at her favourite chill spot, The Nest. He proceeds to tell Bianca that she should pretend to be happy with the fact that he is talking to her because she is the DUFF of her group. She gets angry and throws her favourite drink, Cherry Coke, in his face and storms off with her friends.

She begins to think about what her being the DUFF means about her life and social status as her life is beginning to ravel apart. She becomes overly distracted with the thoughts of her new found real unattractiveness and her parents impending divorce. At her next meeting with Wesley, he begins to irritate her just as he did last time, but they share a kiss in the Nest that will ultimately change the course of their relationship.

The next day, Wesley and Bianca are assigned to be partners on an upcoming English assignment. While working on the assignment at Wesley’s house, things get real intimate between the two of them, and their secret sexual relationship begins.

Bianca uses this relationship with Wesley as a way to escape her thoughts and the world that is crashing around her. Ultimately, he plan of using Wesley for an exhilarating escape backfires as she begins to fall for him.

My favourite line of this book has to be “Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you”. This line said so much about both characters transitions throughout the novel. It also made me feel warm and gushy inside and provoked a cute little “awww” so that’s also why I liked it. Wesley Rush is probably my fictional crush at the moment.

I rarely ever do this, but I would honestly rate the book 5/5. I can’t find anything really wrong with it. I LOVED reading this book and I crave a sequel (even though I know that probability is low). I fell in love with both the characters of Bianca and Wesley, as well as their additional friends and family members. This book didn’t leave me hating any characters or having second thoughts about them. It really was a feel good, coming of age book. I recommend it for all teens (over the age of 16).

The movie was also really good! Even thought it kind of deviates from the novel (because you really cant have those sex scenes in a teen movie) it was a very good film. It was funny, the roles of Bianca and Wesley were played well. I really did enjoy it. Its no mean girls, but I enjoyed it. And also based off of the movie, Wesley Rush is probably my fictional crush at the moment.

So, If you have not already read this book, I recommend that you do! It is such a good read!

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I Put a Spell on You…Because You’re Mine

Over the years, my mom has always raved about the music of Annie Lennox. Personally, I cannot remember any of the songs by her that I would have heard, until the 50 Shades of Grey Soundtrack. The opening scene of the film serves as a montage/introduction to the character of Christian Grey. While we are getting a crash course into his daily regime, this wonderful song (I Put A Spell on You) plays in the background. I remember being in the theatre and hearing this song. I was amazed by her amazing vocal ability and jazz instrumental of this song. So I went home, opened up my iTunes and searched for this song on the 50 Shades Soundtrack.

This is one of my favourite songs lately. I cannot stop listening to it! There is so much emotion In this song and his song is perfect for describing the relationship that Ana and Christian do have in the movie. He does put a spell on her…its just kinda different. Now I am searching for more Annie Lennox music to curb my addiction to this one song. Jazz lovers will definitely enjoy this song.

Crazy in (50 Shades of) Love

Well we all know that song that made Beyoncé who she is today from some odd number of years ago. Crazy in Love. That was the song. Everyone I knew would bump and grove to this track. This song has become a timeless party track that many love and adore.

In the book 50 Shades of Grey, the original version of this song is mentioned in the movie and becomes associated with one of the most pivotal moments in the novel. For the film, however, Beyoncé recreated her song and made more of a slow and haunting version that seemed more fitting to the film.

While I love the original version, I must say that I think Beyoncé out did the original. While it is completely different in sound, it still brings a certain character to the song. It is almost like this is the grown up version of being Crazy in Love. One can interpret the original version as being a young person, crazy in lust with a man, yet having the time of her life and not taking anything to seriously. This version is dark and haunting. It provides a look into the deep and and darker feelings of being crazy in love which may not always be too good. It shows that love can be controlling and not as pleasant as the previous song perceives it to be. It gives context to being crazy in love on both ends of the spectrum.

All in all, I like this version much better than the original, but I think its just because I prefer music with this type of sound.

My Eyes Adored You

Last week Tuesday, I saw the theatre production of Jersey boys for the first time. Let me tell you, I was absolutely blown away for many reasons.

  1. I knew many of these songs, but I never knew who they were by
  2. The Four Seasons are actually a four person group of men and they are not named Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
  3. Frankie Valli has the most perfect falsetto
  4. The songs are revolutionary and have actually changed my musical interests (for the meantime)
  5. Drew Seeley from the High School Musical Concert/Film was in the play so I got to see an actor that I grew up watching in person.

Of all of the songs I heard that night, My Eyes Adored You, truly stood out to me. It is a beautiful song about a boy who falls in love with a girls beauty and is enticed to know more about her from her appearance. Something about her draws him to her and has to be with her. I just really liked the way it was sung on stage. It captivated my attention and truly engaged me in the works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Next stop, Seeing Valli live on stage and maybe watching Jersey Boys again.

Christmas Time to Me

Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate. Although I haven’t posted in over a month, I thought that Christmas Day would be a better time than any to write about a Christmas Song. This season, I have taken a liking to Jordin Sparks Christmastime to Me song. I originally heard this song on the Best Man Holiday Soundtrack and for it being the first track on the album, it is definitely an upbeat song that brings you right into the feeling of the holiday season. Not only is this song great for this film, but it is even more amazing on a day like today. So here it is, Enjoy!!!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By now, many of us have seen a cute little film called The Wizard of OzThis film is by far one of the most revolutionary and popular films of all time. It will forever be a staple in pop culture and a cute inspirational movie. Furthermore, we will forever at least know of one dog named Toto, to commemorate the cutie that was in the film. Most importantly from this film, was the song that it inspired Somewhere over the rainbow. This song is heard towards the end of the film and is probably one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The other day, I was looking on YouTube for the original version of this song and I stumbled upon a version by P!NK. Her version was sung at the Academy Awards and is probably one of the most beautiful versions I have ever heard sung. I wanted to share this beautiful rendition with my followers because it is amazing and probably a little bit emotional, but truly it brings you back to a time when you probably wanted to escape from something but could not find the words or strength to do so. It also reminds you that there is beauty in sadness and there is beauty in everything.

Everything Must Change

I’m posting a lot this month. It must partially have to do with the fact that I am at home doing nothing of particular interest. I have been doing yoga, walking my dog, eating food, walking my dog, reading. So I can now fit some blogging time into my schedule. I can also return to one of my favourite pastimes which is watch movies.

Last night I watched a film called Another Happy Day and it was one of the most moving films I have watched in a while. Not only was it a film about a family that had mental issues galore, but it just showed that people are still people and that all our problems are there just accentuated at different degrees. The film starred Demi More, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, and Ellen Barkin. Miller and Barkin produce stellar performances and I recommend that you all take the time to watch this film if you feel that your heart can handle it.

As for music, the song that stood out to me the most from this film was Everything Must Change, which plays at the end of the film. This song kind of feels like a resolution to all the events that took place throughout the film but it foreshadows that things may not exactly change for the better. The version of the song that is heard in the film is by Benard Ighner. It truly is dark but beautiful.