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The Duff; Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger book review



Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper knows she’s not the hottest girl at school, but when school jock and resident moron Wesley casually refers to her as a Duff- Designated Ugly Fat Friend– the gloves are off!

If there’s a thin line between love and hate then Bianca has crossed it. She just never thought she was capable of breaking anyone’s heart…

Oh my god… seriously.  I loved this book from the first line! It was just… I’ll get into that in a moment!

So to sum up the book…

Bianca is a girl that doesn’t really know where she belongs. She has her two close friends, Casey and Jessica, and to be honest, thats all she needs. She has an absent mother and an ex alcoholic as a father.

Then comes the night when she goes out with the girls to an underage club. Then comes Wesley Rush. Who she hates. And he tells her what she is… a DUFF. Of course theres a drink at the bar that has Wesley’s face written all over it. 

From that moment on she tries to Ignore him… but he’s always there! And before she knows it she’s paired up with him to do an English assignment and well… lets just say the clothes don’t stay on long!

But there’s something happening.  Because everytime she hooks up with him something is happening. She’s getting comfortable with him and well, thats not something she’s comfortable with.

So she ends it. And starts seeing someone else but its not long until she realises something; she’s broken Wesley’s heart. And know he’s chasing her. Something that Wesley Rush NEVER does…

Will Bianca give into her own feelings? Or is going to continue to ignore them?

This book.


I loved it.

Bianca was quick on the mark with her one liners and witty comebacks. And despite the fact she’s adamant that she hates Wesley… its her who initiates everything between them!

Apart from the snappy comebacks I found myself relating to her. She’s surrounded by groups pretty people and she feels like the only one whose not. Infact Bianca is the probably the most attractive one there because she doesn’t realise it. But Wesley does… after a while that is.

Wesley, although I loved him, was a guy I wanted to hit. Especially in the first few chapters. He was cocky and arrogant and annoying but you soon see beneath all that and see that he’s actually really lonely and Bianca seems to be the only consistent thing in his life.

I loved how the book was written because you got a real sense of these characters and how they looked and acted and interacted with others and despite it being a YA it got rather steamy in some places… okay a lot of places!

I liked how you could tell they were falling for each other, because it wasn’t instant. It was gradual and it was little things they did for each other along the way that made you realise where, and hopefully, it was all heading.

Obviously you have the moment where there’s the “break-up” and theres a moment in the book when Wesley sees what Bianca’s about to do with her new Boyf that just breaks your heart and makes you want to wrap your arms around him and hold him… because you see the moment and….

The ending made me smile because I love them together. I want another book because Bianca and Wesley together… they seriously are not only perfect for each other but they rub each other up the wrong way too.
I want more of her books because Kody made everything about it seem real and it made you care for the characters you were reading about. And thats what makes a book special.

And the motto of the whole book is that everyone is a DUFF.  Everyone has stuff they don’t like about themselves and compare themselves to other people. But this book gives you hope too because,  even if you are a DUFF, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think you are and loves you for you (getting soppy I know!)


5 out of 5 stars

The Duff movie trailer (although it looks slightly different than the theme of the book… but we see Robbie topless so no complaining there! Haha)


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