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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

5 Stars

This books’ main character, Bianca Piper, it totally relatable. She was incredibly snarky and cynical to no end. She is just your average girl, nothing incredibly noteworthy about her that anyone could tell at first glance. When I first heard the term “D.U.F.F.” and what it stood for, I was appalled. It is such a cruel label to give someone. Bianca felt the same way when Wesley so kindly pointed out to her that she was the DUFF amongst her friends. It totally messed with her self-confidence and led her to question her friends and anyone around her. I hated Wesley for making her feel so insecure. Meanwhile, Bianca’s home life is becoming rockier by the second and she needs an escape from it all. Enter ever-so-charming-and-annoying Wesley, it just so happens that Bianca gets paired up with Wesley on a school project (to her dismay) and they are forced to hang out together. Wesley quickly becomes the release that Bianca needed, the best part is that she admits she is using Wesley because she thinks he’s an annoying man-whore. Bianca holds all the cards in this frenemy-with-benefits arrangement and she totally owns it. I especially loved Bianca and Wesley’s constant back-and-forth banter, it was hilarious and amusing to no end. Wesley ends up surprising us all, he also has his own skeletons in the closet and is able to get Bianca to open up about the turmoil in her home life. He even comes to her defense when you least expect it! Of course horror strikes when Bianca starts to realize that she maybe-kinda-okay-totally has feelings for Wesley. But does Wesley feel the same way?

I think the main thing I took away from this story is that we all feel like the DUFF at some point in our lives, and that is okay. It is perfectly normal to feel insecure at times, but in the end, you should be totally proud to be you. There is only one “you” in the world and you should own it!

I recently saw the movie this book is based on and it almost felt like a completely different story. The root of the Bianca/Wesley relationship was there but it failed to display a lot of the intimate connections that they had made throughout the original storyline that I loved. If I would have to put the book into a movie genre I would consider it a “dramedy.” It has a lot of very deep emotional content happening, but at the same time Bianca’s colorful personality and her sarcasm kept the story light and added comedy to it. The movie it a total “rom-com” and does have the feel of those 90s movies (i.e. She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, etc.), with all of the emotional drama removed. I enjoyed the movie very much (it was hilarious!!), but it is definitely not the story I read. I did think Mae Whitman did a great job of portraying Bianca Piper and Robbie Amell was exactly how I pictured Wesley Rush. Their chemistry was great and believable. If you have read the book and not seen the movie, or seen the movie and not read the book, and you plan to… then just keep in mind that they are two different stories.

Book Info

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy
Pub Date: September 7th 2010
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryYoung Adult
Buy the book! | 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.


What did you guys think? Did any of you read the book and see the movie? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


Lety @ Gone with the Words

12 Responses to “Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger | Book & Movie Thoughts!”

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    I was not a fan of the book. I just thought it was ridiculous that Biance kept sleeping with a guy she said she hated. And the author played Wes like he was a playboy who could get any woman he wanted, yet he chose to sleep with someone who did nothing but insult him.. It just rubbed me the wrong way. I am glad you enjoyed it though.

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I can definitely see where you are coming from. I don’t think that the whole Bianca/Wesley hook-up was realistic… I definitely didn’t see that happening when I was in high school LOL I’d be more inclined to believe or see that happening in college or in adulthood really. I did think that Bianca was wayyy too critical sometimes, but it didn’t bother me too much since I could kinda get where it was coming from. I did see the book had mixed reviews and it ALMOST swayed me not to read it… but I enjoyed it just the same.

      Thanks for stopping by!!! :D

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    I have not read or seen either, but the movie looked hilarious. Now, with this review, I think I have to read the book first. I love it, frenemy-with-benefits. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Yes!! The book isn’t too long either and you might enjoy it! As for the movie, it WAS hilarious!! It was a lot of fun :D Thanks for visiting!!

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    Amber Elise

    I read about 30 percent of the book and got distracted. Not too sure why. But I’ve heard that the movie is fabulous and that isn’t NOTHING like the book. I’m interested in knowing why the studios wanted this book if they were just going to change everything about it. I kind of think they just wanted the term DUFF.

    Well I’m glad you liked it Lety, I hope to read the book and see the movie soon.

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      The movie is super fun and hilarious! I was expecting some of the melodrama of the book to seep through but nope… lol I don’t understand the studios either, and you are probably right on wanting the “DUFF” term… Hope you get to read the book and see the movie. If anything, just watch the movie it is really cute!! Thanks for visiting!! :D

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I know what you mean. I really did like the original storyline… and it was quite emotional… I can remember shedding a few tears while I read. Thanks so much for stopping by!! :D

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    Nova @ Out of Time

    I actually heard that the movie wasn’t all that good, which makes me a little sad. The trailers look very cliche and I’m afraid it’s going to be something I’ve already seen before.

    The book, however, sounds like SUCH a good time! I really want to read it as I’ve heard nothing but awesome things.

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      The movie is cliche, but it is intentionally so and it really is reminiscent of the old 90s teen/tween movies… if you go into knowing it’s basically She’s All That with a modern twist, then you will definitely enjoy it. I wouldn’t put too high of expectations on this film, it’s just a fun movie and quite hilarious I might add. But yes, definitely read the book!! I really hope you like it. :D Thanks for visiting Nova!

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    Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    The DUFF is one of my all time favourite books!I could connect to the whole insecurity concept well and Bianca was such a wonderful MC with her sarcasm and cynical attitude.
    I don’t think I’ll see the movie as I don’t think I can bear to watch it.The trailer looked cute,but it wasn’t what I expected The DUFF to be.
    New follower by the way!

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I definitely felt that the movie did not capture the true essence of the book, but I guess that’s a common argument when it comes to book-to-screen adaptations. I definitely enjoyed the book more than I did the movie and the book left more of an emotional impact and the movie was just cute but not really memorable. Thanks for visiting and commenting Mishma!! Thanks for being a new follower! :D

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