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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger Book Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendSeventeen-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 “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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.

When I first started this book, I was expecting a quick, but heavy-handed message of “love yourself the way you are!” I’m glad that wasn’t the case! While it definitely does tell you to “love yourself the way you are", it does it in a totally different way. 

Honestly, at first it’ll be annoying, because the protagonist is hard to like. Bianca is judgmental, arrogant, and pretty mean. It’s very difficult to relate to her at first. But as the book progresses, Bianca starts gaining perspective and developing as a character. By the end of the book, I really could see myself being friends with her. I was so proud of the girl she had become by the end of the book! 

“Calling her a slut or what was just like calling someone the Duff. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off from an inner fear every girl must have from time to time.”  

I was so happy to see that Bianca had awesome friends, too. Her friendship with these girls was so healthy and strong. They never insulted each other or brought each other down. Their friendship wasn’t catty or mean. They had a genuine and strong female friendship that is sometimes so absent from YA books. 

I tried SO HARD to hate the love interest. I really did. I mean, Wesley called Bianca fat and ugly the first time they talked… that’s supposed to be a total turnoff. But as we got to know him more, he became this completely different guy. He had struggles and insecurities as well, not to mention that he knew how to deal with Bianca. He knew what to say to make her understand. Their romance was adorable in the way that they learned from each other and became better people from each other. 

This book actually tackles so many amazing things at once. It also talks about Bianca’s family situation (and totally breaks your heart at one time), it tackles slut shaming, and shows us that, we all have insecurities and imperfections but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. 

“That was something we all had in common. We were all sluts or bitches or prudes or Duffs.” 

Overall, this book is an entertaining read that shows you that everyone has insecurities and we should love ourselves the way we are. It gives us an unlikable character, and transforms it into a hilarious, genuine, and mature one. Not to mention it also gives us an adorable romance and incredibly strong female friendships. I totally recommend this book! 

-Marianne :) 


  1. I have read this one too and while everyone seem to love well not me. Mainly as I believe I'm a bit old for this story. Don't get me wrong the idea and message are really educational but nothing I find eye opening. Still glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

    1. Aw that's too bad you didn't seem to like it. I hope you enjoy your next read! :)

  2. "I tried SO HARD to hate the love interest." I know exactly what you mean. I didn't rate the book nearly as high as you did (I think I gave it two stars) because Wesley was SO mean to Bianca and I think it's terrible that she still hooked up with him. However, as much as that bothered me at the end of the book I didn't hate them together. Ans I HATE that I didn't hate them :) They ended up working well together in a weird way, which bothers me because he treated her so poorly.


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