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2015 Movie Adaption | Book Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

If you’re looking for something quick, hilarious and REAL, then The DUFF should be your next read!

Book Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

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Title & Author: The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: September 7, 2010

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Little, Brown

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

A Book For Every Girl

The DUFF was not a book that was on my radar back in 2010 when it was published, despite the rave reviews. I’m so glad I picked it up, though, because it was wonderful.

There are not many books that make me laugh out loud, but this book achieved that in spades. The main character Bianca has sass to spare. She’s so funny and smart and way too mature for the teen club scene her friends are into.

Some have said Bianca is a “hater,” but I couldn’t agree less. Some people were not designed to withstand high school drama and are just over it before it’s even begun. That is Bianca.

I think a lot of readers will appreciate Bianca’s swearing-laden internal dialogue and struggles. Beside the regular high school drama (friends being crazy, etc), The DUFF actually takes a look at the confidence struggles that every girl goes through.

Like being the DUFF – the designated ugly fat friend. Once Bianca learns what that term is – and is CALLED IT to her face – she can’t get it out of her head.

I could absolutely relate how she feels, and I think the author took an interesting look at girlfriends, sex, alcohol and the other real high school issues in a relatable and non gratuitous way.

The story is such a quick read, and the writing is oh-so-easy to read. The dialogue is fun and real and eye-rolling free. The author wrote this book when she was 17 years old. 17!!!

So much could have gone wrong, but thankfully it all worked together to create a memorable book. (Wow, 17…)

Yup, It’s Gonna Be a Movie

PLUS, as I mentioned in my 2015 Young Adult Book to Movie Adaptations to Watch For post, THE DUFF is will be in theaters next February.

This movie was definitely ready and waiting to be made. I just hope the connection to boosting self-esteem and confidence is made and made well. Because that’s the whole point of the book and if they miss it, The DUFF will just be another teen movie.


I think this story will appeal to almost anyone – especially anyone who had even the slightest issues with friends and boys/girls and self-discovery in high school. I adored Bianca and wished I could have had a funny albeit pessimistic friend like her in high school. The DUFF is a book I won’t soon forget because of its clever dialogue, effortless writing and important message.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • alas3lads

    I read this awhile ago and loved it. I had no idea it was being made into a movie…YAY!

  • Thank you! Your review was enough for me to check with my library to see if this book was available. I put it on hold. Can’t wait