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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

YA Book Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

This is going to be short and sweet.  And possibly contain *some* spoilers.
Okay, this book is an easy read and has a really super great theme.  One that makes me want to tell every single teenager to read this book.  And that theme is that everyone is the ugly person in the group, at least in their own mind.  And so, just be yourself.

Okay, great, now that I've gotten that out of the way, here's why I WON'T tell every teenager to read this book.  She acts like EVERYONE is having sex as a teenager.
Am I just nieve, you may ask?
Well, maybe.
But this DUFF, who is supposed to be the 'ugly girl 'of the group starts having sex around 14 years old, and then continues to use sex as an escape from her problems.  And then magically the guy she's having sex with starts actually liking her and she starts liking him back.  Maybe this should be a fantasy novel instead of contemporary.
Do some people act like that?
Yes, of course!! 
But I'm sick and tired of all the media - books, music videos, movies and tv shows - acting like everyone in the whole damn world is having sex that young.  So just stop it people!!!!  That's really not true.  Personally, I know A LOT of people who aren't.  I am not lying to you.  In fact, I didn't have sex until I was married and I don't regret it one bit.

Now, I am not a proponent of not having sex.  I love sex.  It's great!!
But, I AM  a proponent of WAITING to have sex.  What's the big deal???  Can't you be creative and do something different that's just as fun?  (BTW, I have just as strong feelings about drugs and drunkenness too).  Don't be so boring!!

People who read or want to read this book: Just because this girl is having sex very young, doesn't mean that you should.

The end.
*steps off rant box*

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