REVIEW: THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Author Website: Kody Keplinger
  • Rating: YYY

  • 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.


    It has been a while since I have read a book that I found as witty, entertaining and blush worthy as I have found in THE DUFF. There were some great moments that I really enjoyed and found quite memorable while there were equal amounts of moments that I was left shaking my head in wonder.

    When I originally completed this book I had some serious love, like I wanna read it again right now love. I was telling all my friends about it and I could not get it out of my head and that's when I really started to go over THE DUFF in my mind. Why did I enjoy it so much? So, as I began to dissect this story I realized that I had a few issues that I almost let get past me. It is not to dispel that I enjoyed the story any less, because believe me I did, but I had some questions in regards to it's main character Bianca and how her idea of therapy could be considered O.K.

    So, here you have this witty and intelligent girl named Bianca that one evening gets called THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by the school hottie and resident "man whore". She let's him have it with her cherry coke only to let him have all of her soon therafter. Now would you get all naked and sweaty with the guy that just called you THE DUFF? Me. No. Think. So. And would you continue to do so as like some addict on crack? to avoid the troubles your home life? Hmmm....It does make me wonder. I know that many of us like to hide from our issues and sometimes create other distractions to avoid what is really wrong within our lives and Bianca's actions in THE DUFF are a perfect example of this train of thought. Just because she is a really smart girl it does not mean that she is not prone to human weakness, but I don't find her reasons and actions overly convincing.

    I cannot lie and say that I did not enjoy the banter between Bianca and Wesley, their verbal foreplay was illicit and fun. I found his need to understand and listen to Bianca somewhat endearing yet far fetched but within the theme of this book's reality, his actions fit. Even his continual use of the endearment "Duffy" caused me to cringe and wonder why that girl would still have sex with him???

    Besides the blushworthy moments, THE DUFF does delve into some serious subject matter that gets glossed over and I would have believed to have been played out differently. Maybe I am asking for too much because I considered THE DUFF to be an entertaing story and I was totally carried away by it's lustful moments and witty dialogue, but beneath it's surface I found it a bit lacking.

    THE DUFF is a book that is sexually charged without being overly explicit, dancing on the edge of reality but entertaining nonetheless. If you can get past certain issues and take it for the fun read that is then it is worth your time.


    1. I've heard mixed reviews about this one... I'll probably still read it, but I may take it with a grain of salt. :)

    2. I was entertained by it, but truthfully, I was disturbed by the extensive use of profanity and casual sex.


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