The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

22 Aug

by Kody Keplinger
Available September 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 “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.

This Blonde’s Review:
Bianca has her two best friends who are very different than she is. She is loyal and loves them, but she knows her friends are the pretty ones. When Wesley, the school hottie, attempts to make friendly just so he can hook up with one of her friends she is not happy. When he tells her she’s the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) she is so angry she throws her drink in his face. Her life starts to unravel and she has another run in with Wesley. This time rather than throwing her drink in his face she does something that shocks Wesley and Herself. She kisses him. This leads to them having sex. Before long they are in a friends with benefits relationship that she hides from everyone, and she learns things about Wesley, and shares things with him. Bianca discovers Wesley isn’t really who she thought he was, how much she doesn’t even know about herself, and things about her friendships she never knew. So now she has to decide what to do next.

I really liked this book. It got me thinking about the friendships girls have. It got me thinking about how some girls have friends who are the DUFF. Other girls are just as beautiful as their friends but still they all Feel as though They are the DUFF. And it got me thinking about the friendships I’ve had. The friends who, looking back, clearly felt they were the DUFF, and the friendships where I felt I was. We just didn’t have the easy name for it then. Like I said, I really enjoyed this book and have since recommended it to a friend of mine.

This is a YA book about a girl with real issues who doesn’t always deal with it the best way. Like real girls do all the time.


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