- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Poppy (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316084247
- ISBN-13: 978-0316084246
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 902 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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Praise for The DUFF:
"A complex, enemies-with-benefits relationship that the YA market has never seen before... Keplinger scores a first for a genre in which vampires and dystopian futures rule. Her snarky teen speak, true-to-life characterizations and rollicking sense of humor never cease in her debut."―Kirkus
"Kudos to the 18-year-old Keplinger for writing a heroine whose complicated relationship with sex is honest and heartbreaking. This for-more-mature teens novel deftly illustrates how even consensual sex can be emotionally destructive, and captures thoughts about self-image and the many different types of relationships. Expect to be recommending THE DUFF to friends for years to come."―Romantic Times
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You can predict pretty much everything that is going to happen from the start of the book. It seems like a bunch of chick flicks/books combined... Bianca is a grumpy girl who hangs out with the popular kids, but doesn't seem to think that she belongs when she is obviously not as pretty as everyone else (which is weird, considering her mom lectures people professionally about loving yourself). Half the things she does in this book don't make sense. It's like she's just not thinking at all, but thinking too much at the same time. I understand that the author was in her teens when she wrote this, so the seemingly random actions of the main character compared with the rash decisions makes more sense. The random introduction to Wuthering Heights nearing the end of the book paired with Bianca's end decision seems also a little silly. It's like Keplinger really wanted this book to be an insightful, feminist, unique take on relationships in high school, but it ended up just being overly predictable.
Again, I won't lie and say that I didn't like it. I was intrigued, and still wanted to finish. Wesley seemed extremely attractive to me, being that he's a jerk, but giving the opposing love interest a bowl cut and making him wear blazers to school just seems like a little much. I am interested in seeing how the movie interpreted the characters, but judging from the cover, it looks a LOT different.
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”
OMIGOSH YOU GUYS! I loved this book!! Like seriously, I kind of can't believe how much I loved a book that literally means "ugly fat friend".
Over the years I've seen this book in passing, in the library, bookstores, and lists titled "Best Book Boyfriends". I never picked it up because come on. Look at the title. Now look at the cover. Based on those two things, would you read it? Well this is an extreme case of don't judge a book by its cover... or its title.
Bianca is a cynical girl, but her friends don't mind it. They love her for who she is. One night when all three are out, Bianca finds herself near the school manwhore Wesley, who proceeds to educate her on the fact that she is the Duff. Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This title makes Bianca's head spin, and she goes into a small identity crisis. On top of that, things aren't so good with her parents and her life around her is falling apart. Assigned to work on a project together, Bianca and Wesley end up having a secret friends with benefits relationship, both trying to escape their crappy real lives.
As I stated before, I loved this book. Because it surprised me. Bianca was a character I loved so much. She was ridiculously cynical, and I guess maybe I am too because most of the time when she would say something, I'd be sitting there nodding my head and going "hey, I would say that!"
And this book had some seriously funny moments and dialogue in it. For example:
“Spanish, huh?" he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. "Can you say anything interesting?"
"El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme." I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
"That sounds sexy," he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he'd swept together. "What's it mean?"
"The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself."
“Your sense of humor needs some work, then," Wesley suggested. "Most girls find my jokes charming."
"Those girls must have IQs low enough to trip over.”
“I mean, there is a reason its initials are VD. I bet you more people contract syphilis on Valentine's Day than on any other day of the year. What a cause for celebration.”
Despite having a sense of humor, this book also dealt with serious teen issues. Bianca's parents were going through a divorce and her dad was becoming less and less present, and she didn't know how to deal with it. Bianca's former jerk of an ex-boyfriend shows up in town with his new fiance. Wesley's parents are always gone and his crone of a grandmother won't let him see his sister. Lots of teen drama rama.
The other things that surprised me about this book? There was so much sex! Like from the beginning. Would you look at this hot pink and yellow cover and think you were in for a large round of young adult fade to black? Not me! It was kind of refreshing to read a teen book and have it be realistic about what teens are experiencing in real life.
And Wesley. *sigh* I loved that guy. Like, he was such a freaking jerk in the beginning, but like Bianca, the more I saw him in the book I couldn't help but swoon over his arrogant butt. I agree with the list, he's a great book boyfriend.
“Don’t lie to yourself because you think it’s safer. Reality doesn’t work like that."
At the end of the day, everyone who reads this review is going to read whatever the heck they want. I'm the same way. But, I encourage you to ignore the title and cover, and to read this gem of a book.