The DUFF is Kody's debut novel, and it's scheduled for release on September 7, 2010.
Check out the striking cover:
Here's the description from the publisher:
Obviously I loved the book--since we Bookanistas only talk about books we love. But not for the conventional reasons.
Yes, the writing is top notch, the characters are real and honest, and there's a love story that was surprisingly touching--considering the premise. But what I really loved is the way Kody tapped into the insecurities all girls struggle with, no matter how pretty or plain they are. It took me back to the emotions I felt in school when I was The Duff (no really, I was. I went through the mother-of-all-awkward phases from about age 11-14. I have the pictures to prove it, but I'm not quite brave enough to post them.)
And I loved that Bianca didn't have some magical make-over to suddenly feel better about herself. Sure, she started paying a *little* more attention to her appearance, but what really changed was her attitude. She found a way to be comfortable in her own skin, to be comfortable with who she really is, and to let herself have what she truly wants. All of which are things I STILL struggle with sometimes. So it's more than just a page turning story with a ton of heart and humor. It resonates on a slightly deeper level, and I highly recommend it.
One tiny note: The DUFF does contain some mature subject matter--and I'm not going to get into the debate of whether teens should be exposed to that. But I will say that the content is not glamorized, and is true to the character, and it's up to each individual reader (or their parents) to decide if the content is appropriate for them.
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Happy Thursday everyone!!!