The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the designated ugly fat friend--of her crew.

But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends ...

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Overview


Soon to be a major motion picture!

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the designated ugly fat friend--of her crew.

But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, 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.

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At home, seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper has had her share of ups-and-downs, but everything suddenly became infinitely more complicated everywhere after high school hottie Wesley Rush rudely named her a DUFF, the Designated Ugly Fat Friend of her circle of female friends. Outraged and confused, she responds to the insult in a perplexing, yet not totally atypical way: She becomes sexually involved with the man-slut who belittled her. In hardcover, Kody Keplinger's teen novel won sales, earned support, and spawned controversy. Now it's slated to become a February 20th release film and a trade paperback! (P.S. Author Kody Keplinger was a teenager herself when she wrote this debut novel.)

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Praise for The DUFF:
"[A] well-written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut."—Publishers Weekly

"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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Kudos to the 18-year-old Keplinger for writing a heroine whose complicated relationship with sex is honest and heartbreaking. Expect to be recommending THE DUFF to friends for years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316381802
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/13/2015
  • Edition description: Media Tie
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 84
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), during her senior year of high school. The DUFF was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.
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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Fresh new story, snarky-smart characters, minor caveats

    Bianca Piper's two best friends are gorgeous, but that's never bothered her. She's brilliant, cynical, and wiser than her buddies and they all support and care for each other, so the prettiness contrast isn't an issue until resident ladies' man Wesley Rush tells her to her face that's she's their DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Wesley also has the nerve to tell Bianca that by showing sensitivity and deigning to talk with her, he's upping his chances of seeing some action with her friends. Needless to say, Bianca shuts him down, and rightly so, but as her home situation gets sadder and more complicated she finds herself drowning her sorrow with none other than Wesley "Womanizer" Rush.

    I was delighted by the portrayal of Bianca's relationship with her friends. At first, I was of the opinion that Bianca was basically doing them a favor by hanging out with them, since she's intelligent and practical, but in short order I saw that Casey and Jessica weren't at all ditzy. They balance Bianca's snarky view on life, and together they achieve a balanced group dynamic that's very believable and fun to read. I could see myself reading a book with either Casey or Jessica as the protagonist; that's how fleshed-out the characters were.

    I wish Wesley had gotten more development. At first, Wesley came off as a wonderfully calculating and shrewd jerk, and I was ready to see him humbled and looking forward to plenty of battles of wits between him and Bianca. Unfortunately, the terrific tension and verbal sparring in the early chapters seems to wane with time. Wesley seems most like a 3-dimensional character in the first thirty or so pages, then when he and Bianca fall into an enemies-with-benefits arrangement, he loses some vitality. Yes, plenty of attempts are made to give him a more rounded character--his love for his little sister, standing up for Bianca, showing some intellect regarding an essay assignment--but the initial spark was gone. Maybe I just want my YA couples to move more slowly?

    One other thing I had trouble with was the way Bianca kept using Wesley. She loathes him partly because he's an egomaniac, but mainly because he's wildly promiscuous. The trouble is, she thinks that his low moral standards make it perfectly okay for her to use him whenever she happens to need a distraction. Now don't get me wrong, he's totally happy and content with being treated this way, but I couldn't help but be disappointed that Bianca followed the "he's a total skank, so I can treat him any way I want, and it's fine" philosophy.

    On the upside, The DUFF explores lots of important ideas about self-respect and self-worth. I love the assertion that basically everyone has felt like the duff of their group before--every girl (and guy) feels like they're lacking at one time or another. It's very empowering and encouraging.

    Bianca's narrative voice is funny, sharp, and smart, and with the exception of the difficulties with Wesley, I really enjoyed the book. I'll definitely be looking forward to future writings from Kody Keplinger.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    I loved this book. Definitely a favorite

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Veena Loves This Book ! This Book Is On Point !

    This book is great ! I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN! i wish it was kinda longer ! But GOOD read ! I couldnt stop reading !

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Amazing read

    Loved it! I couldnt put it down!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    The Duff was a fast read but not my cup of tea. I wouldn't recommend this book to young adults because to me it just doesn't give any positive advise to teens. It doesn't make sense that Bianca had sex with Wesley just to escape form her problems at home. The guy wasn't even nice to her, at one point he called her fat and ugly. I wished she had loved her self more and had a bit more self worth. I know this is just a book but there's teens out there that would think that sleeping with a guy will fix their problems.

    I recommend this book to ADULTS that like fast paced books.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Amazing!

    I love to read and finished this book in a day! I loved how everything turned out and its a relatable book by far!!! I did kinda wish it was longer but for it being relatively short it was very sexy and intense, fantastic ive also read shut out by Kody it was great also and she is an amazing author!!!(:

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    I LOVED this book!!! i couldnt put it down. This book gave great

    I LOVED this book!!! i couldnt put it down. This book gave great insight on what others girls ( not skinny or blessed with great looks) feel and how many are treated. The author developed good characterization to all her charcters! The book really showed the power of freindship. Very relatable. A must read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Simply Amazing

    The Duff is one of the best books i have have read in a long time. It kept me at the edge of my seat, and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. The characters developed very lovely. The Duff is a book I will want to keep re-reading. I suggest a lot of people should read this book, because it is so much fun to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Love it

    Best book iever read

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Possibly this generation's Forever...

    I started this book ready to be disappointed. There's been so much hype, and not all of it good, that I didn't think The Duff could possibly live up to it. Then I opened it and found a pessimistic, foul-mouthed main character that I didn't think I'd grow to care about. I brought an extra book with me to read on my commute so that i could put this one down as soon as I'd read the obligatory 50 pages (this is my personal rule for books sent to me for review). Next thing I know, I'd almost missed my train stop because I was so sucked in.


    Bianca's relationship with Wesley is clearly complicated, though she tries to play it off as the simplest thing ever: just sex. Wesley seems okay with this arrangement and helps Bianca keep up appearances at school and everywhere else for a while. They hate each other. He's a man-slut, womanizing, cocky little brat, representing everything that Bianca, a smart and confident young woman, despises. And he calls her "Duffy," constantly reminding her that he's way out of her league and that their relationship could never go public. For the most part, they maintain a snarky banter both in and out of the bedroom (it's very 10 Things I Hate About You). Until they don't. Bianca is having some very real problems at home that she's avoiding by spending all of her time with Wesley. She can ignore things when she's with him; her friends will want to help and make her talk about it. Wesley just asks her if she's okay and then listens; he doesn't push. Maybe this is because he doesn't actually care (likely in Bianca's opinion) or maybe, as she comes to figure out, it's because he has real problems that he doesn't want to talk about either.

    Other reviewers have said that the relationships between Bianca and her friends is what "saved" this book for them. Their friendship is sweet, fierce and awesome. They build each other up with nary an insult. Bianca ditches her friends for Wesley and doesn't even tell them about him. I think this happens a lot (it certainly did when I was in college), and to see it portrayed here was great. Bianca's friends are both pissed and worried, and both those sentiments are clearly expressed. No one is one-dimensional. When Bianca finally spills all to her friends, they (mostly) forgive her. Casey decides to make the word duff theirs. Instead of having a fat day or a bad hair day or even a zit, they say it's their turn to be the Duff. Though the word catches Bianca off guard throughout the book, it loses it's power to make her feel ugly and fat, exactly what the word is supposed to imply.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's all about relationships, between Bianca and her friends, Bianca and her parents, Bianca and Wesley, but it's not weighed down by emotional drama. Sure, there are really emotionally draining parts of this book, especially when it comes to Bianca and her parents, but they are tempered by sarcasm, sex, and Bianca's own personality.


    Book source: ARC provided by the publisher.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2015

    IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!!!!!

    The beginning draws you into the world of an average teen feeling pale in comparison to her beautiful friends. Her world and beliefs are turned upside down when she finds herself feeling something for a boy she would never have pictured to be right for her. As the storycontinues, you cant help but continue reading to find out what choices Bianca will make. The life lessons alone make this book worth the read. Definitely for romance lovers and deep thinkers! Loved it from start to finish. One of my new favorite books. For mature audiences though lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Love love love

    I absolutely loved this book! Finished it one day! I fell in love with Biancas witty attitude. And Wesley was a jerk at first that you will grow to love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Thank you!

    Honestly, ive been bullied forever. This book made me embrace not being the prettiest girl in my friend group and im not even close... Sometimes you just have to accept who you are and genuinenly deal with it. I loved this book sooo much and im looking for a sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    The DUFF.

    I've read this book like three time already. Every time i want to read something but cant decide on anything new This is my choise. This book is kind of a love story and it talks about the insecurities and problems that Bianca faces. When she is faced by family problems and the boy who broke her heart on freshmen year comes back to town for a little while, she tries to escape through Weasly, the rich kid who is in ither words a man-whore. In this book feeling that werent supposed to be there surface and things take a turn from nothing other than a meaningless fling to having feelings for each other. This book is great. And i recomend it to everyone. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    You can relate

    When a guy calls u "ugly" he is calling himself that to make him feel good when really your beautiful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Best book ever!

    DUFF: designated ugly fat friend. When i furts started reading this book and i first herd the word duff and what it means it made me curious if i could be a duff. Not to toot my own horn or anything but im popular and very pretty but im not shallow or anything i talk to every 1 and try to make people feel welcome.
    My 2 best friends mia and jessica are very prettt jessica looks like super model and has long legs and towers over every 1 by at least 4inch my friend mia has brite blue eyes and brown hair both of them are great but it really made me think.......
    As u can c i can relate to duff on many different levels and would recomend this book for ages 13 and up. This book made me laugh smile and cry all at once luv luv luved this book must read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Sexy

    The stars say ut all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!

    Duff is one of the best books i have ever read!!! I totally, completely, LOVE this book. I definantily recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Love it!

    This book is awesome! I would definitely recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Cass

    One of the best books i have ever read, a tear jerker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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