Review: ‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody Keplinger

Review: ‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
Seventeen-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 “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She 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.

About Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small town western Kentucky, where she began her writing career after penning the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The DUFF, at age seventeen. The DUFF, now a major motion picture, was chosen as an YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Kody has since written other books for both young adult and middle grade readers. When she isn't writing, Kody is posting about fashion and body positivity on her Instagram, chatting about her favorite TV shows on Twitter, or making videos for her YouTube account. Kody is also the co-founder of Disability in KidLit and a teacher at the Gotham Writers Workshops in NYC.

Kody is active on social media, so feel free to reach out to her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

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There was a lot of hype with this one and since I don’t do too well with over-hyped contemporary books, I pushed it back as much as I could. Until I realized that the movie is coming out soon. Why did I wait so long? I bloody loved it. It’s cute and adorable and everything I would love in a contemporary book. I didn’t even mind there wasn’t a huge story-line or story to keep going because I was enjoying the characters so much. Also don’t judge this book by the cover, because even though there’s not much going on in the cover, the barebones inside is what counts. AHh I loved it.


Bianca is one of the most cynical and honest main characters I have ever encountered and I love how refreshing her tone of voice is. Even though she has many many flaws, isn’t that what anyone really is? No one is perfect, and she certainly isn’t. She also doesn’t try to be perfect because she’s capable of being exactly who she is. Bianca always wants to do things for other people but doing things for herself? That doesn’t register until later. I liked the parts with her father but I wished there were more. Her friendship with Casey and Jessica is also adorable because they’re very loyal to her and vice versa. Bianca also likes to run away from her problems and won’t face it head on. So the change that she goes through is quite refreshing. Especially in the end, when she has a little revelation. As for Wesley, I didn’t like him the least bit. He was the typical annoying man whore who is good looking and doesn’t have much going for himself. It was finally in the end, where he starts to open up that I could see why he’s such a sweetheart. People deal with love in all sorts of ways, and Wesley is no exception.

I do have to warn you that this book includes a lot of slut shaming. I mean it’s everywhere. She tends to sleep around a lot to make herself feel better. No judgment here because it’s not my life, but I am glad she had the balls to realize her problems can be fixed and not just by being friends with benefits.

My one annoying thing about this? It spoiled a classic book again. WHY DO AUTHORS DO THIS? I wish I could forget what I read.. *cries*


I can’t stop smiling. The DUFF was just so cute and Ahhh.. Definitely became a favourite of mine. This book makes my heart jump with joy and made me feel all the things. This is when I just know it will be a favourite and I will re-read it when I want to get back that feeling. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? Do it!


I think every girl deserves to feel special once in a while. (119)
My sword is bigger than everyone’s. (130)
Whore is just a cheap word people use to cut each other down. It makes them feel better about their own mistakes. (176)
No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually. (180)
Something tells me you’d be good at anything you tried. (211)
Let them have each other! STDs all around! To hell with it. (238)
Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you. (243)
It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off an inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point. (256)





  1. jodiellewellyn

    March 15, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    I remember loving this one 🙂 I’ll have to buy it and read it again.

    • giselle

      March 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Yess it’s one for the collection

  2. Sophia Rose

    March 15, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I will. Not sure about the movie. Enjoyed your thought on this one!

    • giselle

      March 15, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Yess I thought it was so cute.. I couldn’t stop smiling lol

  3. Bee

    March 15, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    I really liked the book but I didnt enjoy the movie as much. Great review! <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

    • giselle

      March 15, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      I loved the book (as you can see). I still have to watch the movie to see

  4. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    March 15, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    The DUFF is one of my all time favourite books!I love how the book handled insecurity,and I adore the characters.I am so glad that you enjoyed it a lot Giselle.

    • giselle

      March 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

      It’s so true, I loved how neurotic she was, so refreshing to have a character like her. I’m so glad I liked it too. It’s one of my faves now too

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