Monday, June 10, 2013

Kody Keplinger's "The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend"

I recently mailed my friend Becca, the Book and Cat Librarian, an ARC of Aprilynne Pike's "Life After Theft." I'd won a giveaway from Epic Reads' website, and so of course the very next Tea Time I won a second ARC of "Life After Theft!" I saw it coming though, so the irony didn't hurt too bad :)

Because she is ridiculously generous and kind, she bought me the ebook of "The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend" which I had recently put on my TBR list. How nice is that? 

From Goodreads:

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.
When I started the book, I wasn't so sure about it for the first chapter or two, but then it got a little better, and then it got a lot better. It also needs at least a PG-13 rating, but of course that's partly why I liked it. 
I definitely identified with the DUFF thing - in high school I sometimes felt that way, but in college I remember a specific event. I worked with these two girls - one was (I thought then) very pretty and the other one was gorgeous and played indoor soccer and had these amazing legs. I remember one night I went to a bar in Hartford, CT with them, and I remember jello shots and getting stuck with the least attractive friend of the guys they were dancing with. The DUFF with a DUFF! 
I definitely identified with Bianca on several levels, including having migraines, being ignored by boys, and more! 

A quote reflecting some of Bianca's helpful deep thoughts.

"But why should I do anything just to fix what he or anyone else thought about me? I shouldn't have to."


  1. I'm glad you liked it! I've definitely felt like the DUFF too :( I remember once in high school when I was walking home with a friend and these guys drove by and stopped (we didn't know them, and I don't think they were even in high school), and they asked my friend if she wanted a ride. Not both of us, just my friend. I mean, who gets in a car with strangers? But still, ouch.

  2. Bookish friends are the best, aren't they? I have a lot of friends who LOVE this book, but I haven't read it yet. I did read Shut Out by this author, and didn't really like it too much. But one of my friends who loved The DUFF didn't like Shut Out very much either, so I think I'll still check this one out someday.

    And yeah, I wasn't really overweight in school (until college), but I was definitely "just one of the guys" or, as one of my gorgeous friends put it, "the one with the boobs." Never did me much good, though. :P