» The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Kody Keplinger

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The DUFF:  Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Kody KeplingerThe DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2010-09-07
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
5 Stars

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.

My Thoughts
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This is a re-read for me.  I don’t know what is up with the re-reads for me this year, but I can’t help it.  I just grabbed it and started reading.  Next thing I knew I read the entire thing all over again.


I know this book got mixed reviews, but I just love absolutely everything about it!  I fell in love with Wesley Rush right off the bat and same with Bianca Piper.  I love the story and how it played out.  I love the characters including the background characters. There isn’t anything I don’t like about it.

The only reason I’m doing a review so late for this is because I didn’t do a review the first time through.  Not really… I did this post back in September 2011 after reading the book, but it wasn’t necessarily a review of the book, but the book was my reason for the post.  In that post I know it may sound like I don’t like the book, but that is not the case.  I loved the book so much because I connected with it so well.

Then I re-read the book in 2013 I believe, but again, never posted a review for it.  I have no idea why.  It’s actually quite shocking to me that I never posted a review for one of my favourite books!  Anyway… this time around, I am posting a review dammit!

Now down to the gushing!

There is just something so intoxicating about this book for me.  You have a girl with a bit of a chip on her shoulder… and totally understandable when you find out why. You have two best friends who are just train-stopping-gorgeous.  Then there is the not-so-lovely “Mr. Full of Himself” Wesley Rush.  Wesley, not realizing how hurtful he was being, penned Bianca with the name of DUFF and for shits and giggles called her “Duffy” for short.  His original intention was to be nice to Bianca to get to her two gorgeous best friends. Bianca wanted nothing to do with him until they were forced to work together on a school project. He proves to be a nice distraction for her even though it means hanging out with her worst enemy.

The story just unfolds from there and gets better with each turn of the page.  I don’t even know what to say.  I loved it!  The writing is phenomenal!  Kody Keplinger totally captured the whole essence of the story and the way she reeled you in from start to finish was amazing.  Absolutely perfect!

The idea for the story itself was pretty brilliant.  It completely hit way too close to home for me.  Not the whole falling for your enemy thing… that didn’t happen with me.  (My enemies remained enemies.)  Just the whole idea of “The DUFF”.  Keplinger captured this idea perfectly as I mentioned above, but she also captured the entire teen angst thing too.  Of course, she was just eighteen when she wrote this book so she would be very familiar with it. I have to say, quite a talent at age 18. I haven’t read anything else by her but I’m glad I re-read this one because now I’m going to go hunt down some more of her books.

To me this was a brilliant piece of work.

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Freakin Phenomenal

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About Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small-town western Kentucky. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) during her senior year of high school. She now lives in New York City.

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