Bianca Piper has issues; she knows she isn’t the prettiest girl, is cynical, neurotic, her family is crumbling around her and she has no way of fixing it. To escape all of this, she throws herself at Wesley Rush, the man-whore with his own issues.
Now, instead of this being a story about building her self-confidence up and de-duffing her, this is about her having to face reality and choosing to be happy with the wrong guy than have to change for the right guy. Throw in some stuff about addiction, and of course self-esteem, and you have the themes of this story.
It is totally different. I liked the story. It was darker and more complicated than the film. But something about Bianca was off putting. I can’t say what it was, maybe it was the fact she was teen and I find them all very annoying, but I just can’t seem to like her or even care about her. The whole thing flows so well, Keplinger has a great voice and she has been very consistent in creating her characters. Even though I’m not a fan of Bianca I was drawn along throughout the story and I really did like it.
Wesley Rush. The absolutely hot dude who is up for some sexual fun with any girl who asks. But he has a soft side. And is adorable. And makes it clear to Bianca that she isn’t a whore. “Whore is just a cheap word people use to cut each other down… it makes them feel better about their own mistakes. Using words like that is easier than really looking into the situation.” And he is right. I love the fact he says this. This had to be said and it should’ve been a bigger focus in the film to get THIS important message out there. It doesn’t matter what someone calls you, we’ve all fucked up.
I really like Wesley, and it isn’t because I’m picturing Robbie Amell with no shirt on, but because he is a good person who cares.
And Bianca is the only person who sees past his looks and what he can deliver in bed to see this, and she calls him out for his douche bag behaviour when needed. Wesley is the only character that wasn’t altered for the film.
Everyone else, including Bianca, changed for some reason. I like her better in the film to be honest. And I like both story lines. Not sure I’ll be reading the book over again any time soon, but it was a good read. I think I’m more excited to read a teen book that deals with something bigger than just a crush (Sweet Dream Romances really ruined me). If you’re planning on reading it, think of it as separate to the film.