Bianca is sarcastic and bitchy, but she's an excellent friend. So excellent, in fact, that she lets her two best friends drag her to the local under-21 club at least once a week so that she can watch them have a great time and make sure they don't do something stupid. For the purposes of this discussion, something stupid = sleeping with Wesley, the hottest guy in school. (He's also kind of a jerk.)
And then one night, he talks to her at the club. He tells her that he likes her friends and has determined that the best way to hook up with them is to let them see him talking to her, because she's their DUFF. (DUFF = Designated Ugly Fat Friend.)
Bianca throws her drink in his face.
Except things in her life are kind of crappy (her mom's been out of town for ages and her dad's depressed about it). And so she ends up kissing Wesley. And then she ends up hooking up with Wesley.
I absolutely adored this (all too short, unfortunately) book. Bianca is the kind of girl I'd want my daughter to be (if I had a daughter). She's smart and funny and a good friend, plus she's a Democrat and ultimately secure with herself and her body.
There's a lot of sex in this book (well, maybe not a LOT, but it's there), which might cause some people to be a little nervous. But on the plus side it's all safe sex. So there's that. :)
And I think what I liked most about the book (besides Bianca and her unexpected love story) is the moral that pretty much every girl is insecure and that even Bianca's hot friends feel like they're unattactive. I wish that went away as we got older.
Smart, fun book with an incredibly awesome, kickass heroine. Recommended.