The Duff – Kody Keplinger | Book Review

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Pages: 280 Ebook
Publication date: September 7th, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  3 out of 5
Series: N/A


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.


The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Going into this book I already watched the trailer to the movie adaptation and had that in mind. Yes, I already new it wasn’t going to be like the trailer because I already started hearing from people who had already read the book that it was completely different and they weren’t kidding. Let me just say I still haven’t watched the movie adaptation but even from just watching the trailer and reading the book it looks very different than the movie.

Back to the book though, I gave this a 3/5 stars. It was typical enough, about a popular boy and the not so popular girl (but in this case “The Duff”, a friend that’s supposed to be the ugliest of the group that boys can approach to get to their more attractive friends) fall in love. Surprising, right?

I liked this book just enough, it was enjoyable as a fun read but it wasn’t totally original.

I really liked the relationship that develops between our two main characters, Bianca Piper and Wesley Rush but not to give much away from how their relationship develops, The Duff isn’t just about the relationship between Bianca and Wesley but it also covers familial issues and friendship.

The only problems I had about The Duff was that the issues that Bianca would complain about were superficial (minus her family problems) and she was supposed to be the character that’s not supposed to be bothered by superficial problems and not be superficial. BUT Bianca was superficial, she just hid it from everyone and as readers we got to see how she pretended to be the girl who doesn’t care about what others say or think about her.

Overall I enjoyed this book just enough to be a 3 stars but it wasn’t my favourite. I would recommend this to readers who love a typical YA contemporary with boy, friends and family problems and to readers who have already read and enjoyed her other work.


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