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Sunday, April 29, 2012



I really couldn't wait for my "W" post because I knew immediately upon choosing this theme that I wanted to write a post on Wesley Rush, one of my all-time favorite YA characters.  He is a truly memorable character from Kody Keplinger's THE DUFF.

Wesley starts out the novel with what can only be described as deplorable manners.  Kody describes him as the ultimate man-slut and slimy.  So, what's there to like?  I wondered myself, but as soon as he comes onto the page, he's electrifying.  I seriously thought, there is no way he can be this despicable.  I played right into Kody's hands. 

Wesley turns out to be so much more.  He's affectionate, sincere, kind, and chivalrous. By novel's end, the reader is screaming at Bianca to look again at this boy and see below the surface. 

I read this novel in one sitting.  I could not put it down, and I rooted for both Bianca and Wesley! It was thrilling and real-life.  I loved the book and I loved Wesley Rush!

Some of Wesley's best lines:

“Spanish, huh?" he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. "Can you say anything interesting?"
"El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme." I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
"That sounds sexy," he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he'd swept together. "What's it mean?"
"The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself."
Kody Keplinger, The Duff

“Your sense of humor needs some work, then," Wesley suggested. "Most girls find my jokes charming."
"Those girls must have IQs low enough to trip over.”
Kody Keplinger, The Duff
I think about you much more than any self-respecting man would like to admit, and I'm insanely jealous of Tucker - something I never thought I'd say. Moving on after you is impossible. No other girl can keep me on my toes the way you can. No one else makes me WANT to embarrass myself by writing sappy letters like this one.
Only you.

Kody Keplinger, The Duff

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read this for a while now. Right after I write that Z post, I think I'll hop on over to Amazon...