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Minute Review: The Duff (Kody Keplinger)


The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendSeventeen-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.





This book is NOTHING like the movie!

I feel ashamed to admit I actually read it from beginning to end, too. I hate to say it, but I feel like it was such a huge waste of my time.

Bianca has issues and is ok with being a tramp. End of book.

I think one of my biggest pet peeves about the contents of this book is that it shows readers that sex can be therapy/escapism, and it is a horrible idea. HORRIBLE. The author should have shed light on the wide[spread STD crisis if her characters were going to be sex addicts. Let's not only focus on the unrealistic aspects of how the main characters chose to spend their time. Biance and Wesley falling for each other over shared family problems is a bunch of crap. We all know if you go into sex for the physical pleasure, the emotional connection will never be there on both partners' accounts. And yet, the "relationship" did form. I'm sorry, but I did not buy it.

The message behind the characters really could have gone in a different direction and been powerful. The issues they both face is easy to relate to for some kids, I'm sure. I know I'm of mixed company, but I think the large amount of casual sex in this book took away from the other positives; therefore, it was not that great of a book for me. Basically, it's a YA 50 Shades of Grey (minus the freaky stuff).

I would not be putting this one in my classroom library or recommending it to kids. Hopefully the movie is more PG-13 than the book. 

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  1. I'll preface by stating I have not read the book, I went to see the movie only to discover in the credits that the idea originated from a book. The movie I watched was nothing like the book you described and I suppose I should be really glad since the movie was funny and adorable and had absolutely 0 reference to physical love. There are a few comical make-out sessions but nothing that you wouldn't have seen in something like The Lizzie Maguire Movie. Kinda not sure if I want to read the book knowing that in this case it won't be the cute coming of age story where the girl gets the guy and learns a valuable lesson about self acceptance.

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