Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Title The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Author Kody Keplinger

Release Date September 7, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

While I had never heard of the term DUFF before, I knew exactly what it was referring to. I've heard it referenced before even if it the exact term wasn't used. I've heard plenty of times that every group of friends has a DUFF. Of course, like every other girl, I thought to myself many times whether or not I am the DUFF. But Keplinger reminds us that "every girl feels unattractive sometimes..... I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends, who in their minds, were my Duffs."

The Duff was a really fun read. It was refreshing to have a cynical main character as opposed to the increasingly fluffy Mary Sue type characters. I really liked Bianca. I felt like I could relate to her. I could have been her in high school, no... I was her in a lot of ways (I'm definitely the Duff). I liked her friends, Toby, and even Wesley.

The only thing that was somewhat disappointing was the ending. While I absolutely love happy endings (who doesn't love happy endings, is a good question), it's kind of been done before. Womanizer falls in love after spending time with a girl least likely to be his number one choice. Yeah, we've all heard the story before.

Even though the ending's been overdone just a tad, The Duff was still a really good book. Keplinger's writing was enjoyable and I'd definitely read something from her again.


4 out of 5 stars

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