Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Duff Review: A 2010 Debut Author Challenge Book

Title: The Duff: Designated Fat Ugly Friend
Author: Kody Keplinger
Pages: 288
 Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
My Edition: ARC Paperback
Reading Level: YA, 15+
(lots of sexual and language content)
Challenge Read for: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
Received from: Hip Scouts for review 

Summary from Amazon: 
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 "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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.

Wow, The Duff was a hilarious, sweet story filled with friendship, boys, love, and family issues. The title alone (which is a term I've never heard but love it now) made me want to start reading it instantly...which I did! I couldn't believe when I found out the author, Kody Keplinger, is only eighteen and just started college. The novel was very well-written and had great descriptions and dialogue, so I absolutely can't wait to read more from her in the future! I starting reading it late at night and finished the next day. It is very fast-paced, and I loved every second of it.

The main character Bianca is unfortunately the "duff" of her friends. She comes to realize this after a jerky guy, aka Mr. Too Full of Himself named Wesley, tells this to her at a local teen club and nicknames her Duffy. The term starts to run her life and their newly forming relationship. Some family problems with her parents turn her life upside down, and she turns to a guy to get mind off things. Bianca is very realistic & knows how things are and is a tad pessimistic. Wesley is a play boy who does every girl and starts to like Bianca even though she is the Duff. Funny enough, they are actually perfect together but don't know this themselves. Bianca's friends however are the perfect supportive friends, and I really liked reading about them.

The plot was a little predictable but still very satisfying. The ending of course was a little maddening at first but ended just perfectly. I wish it never ended because I just couldn't get enough of the story and characters. If you're looking to read a funny, romantic, fast-paced, light, and amazing read, then I totally recommend reading The Duff!



  1. Great review! I've been wondering if this book is any good, so I'm glad to hear you liked it.

  2. friendship, boys, love, and family issues - sounds wonderful! I'll look forward to reading this one - thanks for the review! (I like predictable!)

  3. Wow! I"m so glad you enjoyed reading THE DUFF. This review seriously just made my morning!

  4. I'm so glad that you liked it! It's been on my wishlist for a while and I'm happy that it lives up to the hype! Great review, I can't wait to read it!

  5. I think The DUFF will be a perfect read for me. It's my most anticipated book right now, and I can't wait much longer! Luckily for some people, this girl doesn't forget once she's set her eye on something good. Hehe. I think I need a good, fun, light read with likeable characters and a predictable plot every now and then. We all do.

  6. Heard about it alot!! Sounds good imma read!!


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