- The DUFF: 4/5
- How To Build A Girl: 3/5
- Persuasion: 4/5
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Kody Keplinger
I watched the movie before reading the book and while I do love Mae Whitman, I found the movie quite cheesy and a bit silly. Not terrible, but it could have been way better in my opinion. Now you must wonder why I read the book after saying that, but having heard that the two were completely different, I really wanted to give it a go. And I’m glad I did, because even though the backstory is the same, the novel is so much more captivating. The characters actually have a soul and the story is put together in a lovely way. Still a bit cheesy to be honest but cute. I read this in a flash.
How To Build A Girl, Caitlin Moran
Not gonna lie, this was painful to read, at first. I even stopped reading it after a few chapters because the writing style was disconcerting to me. I read The Duff which was such an easy read, and then tried it again. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed reading that book, but I didn’t dislike it either. I liked the fact that it was bold, but I just couldn’t relate to the character very much.
Persuasion, Jane Austen
I haven’t read a lot of classics in my life, but I love Jane Austen’s novels (Pride and Prejudice being of course my favorite). I’d heard so many good things about Persuasion and it really had been sitting on my to-read list for a long time. I felt like the story was short, but at the same time I loved how Anne’s feelings were described. We really get to know her and maybe that’s just because she’s an introvert too, but I really grow fond of her overthinking temperament that I know too well.