The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

by Kody Keplinger
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The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 416 reviews.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great ! I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN! i wish it was kinda longer ! But GOOD read ! I couldnt stop reading !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I couldnt put it down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Definitely a favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book iever read
Lawral More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STOP READING THIS COMMENT AND READ DUFF!!! AHHHH!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Duff is a book that any teenager who is into reading would want to read. It is a mix of fantasy and real life combined into one and the term Duff is so true. In school we get singled out when we show just the tiniest bit of our true personality and here is a girl who feels the same way but in the end realizes that she is who she is and nobody can change that so she embraces it and follows her heart. This is a book that probably every teen van relate to and even parents might read it and see that school isn't how it used to be when they went.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is THE BEST book I have ever read, I don't know about anyone else but Kody Keplinger NEEDS to make a second book, and FAST!!!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Bianca Piper is The DUFF. But she doesn't know this until Wesley (so eloquently) let her in on that little tidbit of information. Bianca loathes Wesley. She hates him with the fiery passion of a million suns because of who he is ... the player. Then it happens. She kisses him. She still hates him but she doesn't mind using him as a little diversion from her screwed-up life. And what a diversion he is! Unfortunately, I didn't hear about this book until I saw the preview for the movie. To be honest, I thought that the title and whole premise was mean as hell. Do kids really use this term?!? It wouldn't surprise me but I would hate to be The DUFF. That being said ... the summary intrigued me. And at that point, I was hooked and I had to read it. Man ... am I glad that I did. Well, my sleep patterns aren't glad because I read this book in one sitting. Well ... laying. I went to bed thinking that I would just get started on it and the next thing I knew, it was in the middle of the night and I was reading the last sentence. I was just so completely immersed that I didn't realize I had been reading for so long! I don't really have any specifics to give you on this one ... I just liked everything. I liked how the story was set up and executed, I liked the characters and how they were so very thought out and seemed like some kids I used to know, I liked the flow of the story and how it never really slowed down or got boring and most of all, I just liked the story as a whole. Everything about it was just great and I actually want to read it again immediately. Yes, this is a YA book. Yes, it is made for teenagers. But I can see how it could strike at the heart of most people. Most everyone has had family issues, big or small, at some point and we all know how finding some sort of distraction can become addictive just so that we can get away. I don't think that this book is just for YA readers, I think that most everyone can come away with something from these pages, even if it's just a laugh at Bianca's sassy attitude (which I couldn't get enough of). All in all, great book. I'm excited to read some more stuff by Kody Keplinger. If it is anything like this one, I know that I'm a fan for life.
Ashley_Belletristic_Books More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my blog Belletristic Books. I had heard mixed things about The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) before starting it. That turned me off to it a bit but I ended up reading this book anyway since I wanted to form an opinion of it before seeing the film version! Unfortunately, it seems as though I’m one of the people who didn’t enjoy this so much. Don’t get me wrong – I felt that certain parts of this book were cute plus I thought Bianca was very intelligent and sassy! But a lot of this story didn’t feel right to me. A few pages into this, Wesley is chatting up Bianca in an attempt to score points with her best friends, Jessica and Casey. During this conversation, he calls her the duff aka the designated ugly fat friend. He’s really matter of fact about it. That’s mean and harsh! Despite that, she decides to kiss him and later sleep with him – this happens continuously though Wesley still calls Bianca duffy often. I understand she’s having a lot of issues at home and that she has a hard time discussing her problems with her friends. Even so, I didn’t feel like she had a lot of self-respect due to how she gets involved with someone who belittles her regularly. Although Wesley does on occasion actually try to get Bianca to talk about what’s bothering her, the relationship they have for most of the book doesn’t seem very healthy. Bianca is both quirky and clever yet I wasn’t into how judgmental and negative she sometimes was. For a lot of this, I felt like she was looking down upon her peers because they were trying to have some fun. She gives this impression that she’s better than them and makes assumptions about some girls. I also really didn’t like how she treated Jessica and Casey at times. Casey genuinely cares about Bianca and gave her a lot of openings to discuss her feelings. Instead of giving into those opportunities, Bianca once in a while would ditch her friends to hang with Wesley. That is just so uncool. If you’re looking for a quick and comical book, then I’d recommend you pick up The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Perhaps you’ll be one of the people who does enjoy it! In spite of that, I can honestly say that I’m glad this book went by quickly for me since I didn’t waste too much of my precious reading time on it. A lot of this book didn’t sit well with me yet it did have some positive aspects. Because of this, I’m giving it 2 out of 5 stars. It was okay but it didn’t blow my mind in a good way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
oh my god! honestly this is my favorite book! it was so detailed and well written. Hard work was put into this, and i would very much want a sequel... i just can't stop! i finished it the day i bought because its just that good! please make a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a guy calls u "ugly" he is calling himself that to make him feel good when really your beautiful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stars say ut all
Maddie Soran More than 1 year ago
Duff is one of the best books i have ever read!!! I totally, completely, LOVE this book. I definantily recommend it!
Summer Dean More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! I would definitely recommend it!
jennifer rash More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read, a tear jerker.