TITLE: The Duff (designated ugly fat friend)
AUTHOR: Kody Keplinger
PUB DATE: September 2010
PUBLISHER: Poppy (Little Brown Books)
SOURCE: Signed copy that I received at BEA in May.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 “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.
This was one of those books that I had to get or at least try to get when I was at BEA in May. I had heard alot of buzz about it before hand and it sounded really good. So I was really happy to find out that Kody was going to be signing her book at BEA and thankfully thanks to I believe it was Natasha from Maw Books for pointing it out to me.
I was standing a few lines over when I had saw Natasha standing in line and I asked her who she was in line for and she told me so once I was done getting my book signed for the line I was in a ducked under the ropes(if you were at BEA you know that it was a mess in the signing area) to the line (which was closed so I was lucky to snag my copy)So thank you Natasha for telling me and helping me sneak under the ropes.
When I was packing up to leave NYC I made it a point to pack this in my backpack so that I could read this on my way home on the train. I did manage to read this on the way home and I really enjoyed it.
I could really relate to Bianca and I think she is exactly how I was in at her age in high school. Reading this brought back alot of memories and it felt like I was reading a part of my story.
We were both loyal, we both thought that we weren’t the prettiest girls in school (this was something I always dealt with and still do to some extent) and I knew a line if it was given to me and still do.
I enjoyed the characters and I found them to be real. I mean I am older then the entended audience of the book but I realize that the way I felt back then is the way kids feel today and I am sure that they will always feel that way.
The male character in the book is Wesley(playboy and it boy) and honestly I have to say he started out as a huge jerk in my opinion but gradually I think Wesley started to win me over. They had a unique relationship that was one of need and physical but gradually through out the book it turned into a relationship of needing and depending on each other.
As you are reading you can see the chemistry between them and for me I kept hoping that they would connect and take their secret relationship out of the closet. I realized that even though Wesley was a jerk and a playboy (and he knew it) he is actually just like Bianca he has his flaws.
You can check out Kody’s site by clicking HERE and HERE
This is actually the cover of the book I picked up at BEA its the ARC cover. The top cover is the finished copy one.
What cover do you like and why? I actually like the ARC cover more. I think it suits the book more and it leaves you to wonder more about the person on the cover.
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4 thoughts on “(Review) The Duff”
This sounds like a good one. I always admire authors who can remember what it was like to be young.
I really regret not getting this one at BEA. It sounds like a great read.
I like the ARC cover too but I can see how the published book cover might suit Bianca’s personality more. I also struggled with self-image at school and I think I would relate to Bianca as well. Thank goodness the teen years are over and done with!
Sounds like a good YA novel, like yourself, I always enjoy a YA novel more if I can relate to what the teen is going through! 🙂