Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is smart, cynical, loyal – and well aware that she’s not the hot one in her group of friends. But when high-school jock and all round moron Wesley Rush tells her she’s a DUFF – a Designated, Ugly Fat Friend – Bianca does not the see funny side. She may not be a beauty but she’d never stoop so low as to go anywhere near the likes of Wesley … Or would she? Bianca is about to find out that attraction defies looks and that sometimes your sworn enemies can become your best friends …
With a wry and tell-it-like-it-is voice, The Duff is a witty and poignant story of a teenager struggling with the rules of high school attraction, along with the breaking down of her relationships with family and friends. It is a novel about what it means to be sexy, in a world where we feel we have to be perfect!
A Hamilton High story from Kody Keplinger.
The DUFF movie will be hitting screens in February 2015 starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Alison Janney.

This book makes a great teenage read. I wanted to read the book before I saw the film because we all know that when a book is made into a film they miss out bits of the book. So I wanted to make sure I knew the real story first.
This is the typical sort of story where a girl falls for a guy who is horrible to her but she can’t help falling for him. For some people they may find this quite relateable.
The main character Bianca is the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) is a cynical and guarded character who the reader will be able to relate and sympathise with. At times the development of Bianca’s character distracts from the romance side of the plot however they both make up vital aspects of the storyline.
There is a little bit of swearing and mature content so it definitely isn’t for the younger reader! However the issues covered within the book are similar to what many will face as they pass throughout their teenage years.
I think that teens who enjoy reading coming of age, romance and friendship books will enjoy this book.
– Stacey xo

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