The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
by Kody Keplinger
Publisher - Hodder Children's Books (Film Tie-In Book)
Release Date - February 25th 2015
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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.
Bianca, high school student and apparently a Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend. She is essentially the piggy in the middle so to peak when it comes to Wesley Rush who thinks, hitting on her will make him score a hit with her other friends. B felt insulted and damn right annoyed, I would be too, so their relationship starts off with a Cherry Coke chucked in his face. You go girl!!!! At home, her life is a completely a different story when her family is completely breaking apart. When her dad receives divorce papers her whole world turns upside down and she doesn't what to do... so she escapes into Wesley Rush literally. She feel at peace when sex has become the only object that can truly distract her from life...But how long can it be before it's spiraling out of control, and she forgets her friends and her life. Sex can have consequences especially those close to you.
Unlike her friends, B hates going to the club, Nest, so instead she talks a thirty-year old barman called Joe for the whole evening while being her friend's chaperon. She hates people like Wesley Rush, a womaniser to get who he wants and what he wants. Especially when he called her a DUFF. Way to go Wesley your really going to get her on your side. Yes The DUFF is a bullying and offensive word but through the novel, Wesley also mentions that it can be good thing, because your surrounded by these people. We are an aspect of being The DUFF in someway shape or form. That's what I loved about this novel, that there was a moral and positive message to the story. Your able to see and to the likeness of the characters through your own experiences and life observations.
Before I read this I read Trouble, it was similar in some ways but not in others. What it did remind me of was the ADULT film of Love & Other Drugs starring Anna Hathaway. (I highlight adult because in comparison to this book, it really isn't suitable for younger ages.) At first Bianca and Wesley were as bad as each other, all they really wanted was the sexual experience and euphoria of it and they forget about the outside world completely. I admit that I didn't dislike this side of B as I think this was a stepping stone for what is to come for her emotionally and life-altering. Her heart, was bruised, cut and broken from family and friends and Wesley was there in a way she never knew till the very end. Neither of them knew there feelings for each other before it was too late. All it was, was an affair, but you can say as the plot line progressed it was an affair of the heart.
The saying Books are better than Films will be tested like most major motion pictures based on the YA novels. Whilst I'm looking forward to the film immensely. I'm curious as it how it really differs. I've seen the trailer and I have my doubts so I can't wait to see it next week and draw my own conclusions. This was an incredible novel, thought provoking, intelligent, realistic and raw. It has its own originality. Bravo, Miss Keplinger.
Rating - 4.5
As part of this review Hachette books wanted me to add this strong message:
Labelling is a huge issue in our society today, The Duff are partnering up with Ditch the Label which is a charity who are trying to overcome this, if anyone of you are suffering with any bullying make sure you check out www.ditchthelabel.org for advice and someone to talk to.
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