The New York Times bestseller is now a major motion picture! Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the designated ugly fat friend--of her crew. But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it.
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One January night as Casey and Jessica are dancing, another student named Wesley Rush, who has a reputation as a womanizer , approaches Bianca. Disgusted, Bianca finds her friends and leaves.
A few nights later, however, Wesley approaches Bianca at the club again after Bianca had a particularly bad day, and Bianca spontaneously kisses Wesley in order to distract herself from her problems.
In school, Jessica says that her older brother Jake is coming to visit, and Bianca remembers an ill-fated affair she once had with Jake.
The stirring of this memory prompts her to approach Wesley again for distraction, and soon she starts a casual relationship with him, sleeping with him every few days. This causes Mike to relapse into alcoholism. Bianca admits that she has feelings for Wesley, and she wonders if she is in love with him. Mike Piper stops drinking and starts attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Toby and Bianca begin dating , but Wesley takes to following Bianca around, leaving her notes, even sending her flowers.
She vows to stop judging people, since she wishes to avoid judgment from others. Finally, Toby takes Bianca on a date to the Nest but notices Wesley staring at her, and Toby reveals that he does not feel chemistry with Bianca and is hoping to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Nina.
Toby and Bianca part amicably, and Bianca joins Wesley at the Nest, requesting that they begin dating like normal people. Shortly after Christmas, she walked into the cafeteria one morning. A girl at her table was talking about guys calling her friend "the DUFF. I'm the DUFF. But the more I wrote, and the more I began talking to my friends about what I was writing, I realized that every girl has felt like the DUFF at some point or another.
Every girl - and maybe boys too - has felt like the least attractive person in the room at some time. So we're not alone in that. It's a lesson that I had to learn, and it's a lesson that Bianca has to learn too. Andrea Simakis of The Plain Dealer , wrote that the novel "gives off a whiff of promise, like a pleasing sample scent you spray on your wrist at Sephora.
It's only hours later, when the odor has become cloying, that you're glad you didn't buy. It's a little heavy on sexual content and might give younger girls the wrong idea about appropriate behavior. The Guardian gave it a positive review: "Although The DUFF contains steamy scenes and a love triangle sure to keep the pages turning, Keplinger addresses more serious themes, too: body image, alcoholism and the sacrifices of friendship. She also has a knack for writing in an authentic teen voice.
This very much keeps the book alive. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Retrieved 15 April Little Brown School and Library. Hachette Book Group. The Plain Dealer. The Florida Times-Union. The Guardian. Categories : American novels American young adult novels American novels adapted into films s young adult novel stubs.
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The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
This is like the third time I have read this book and I love it every time I read it! This book doesn't even compare to the movie in my opinion. In order to enjoy them both I have to think of them as When I heard about this movie, I cringed, and vowed to stay as far away from it as humanly possible. I mean, how could a girl that pretty be a Duff? It seemed like the movie would be torturous for
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - review
Once again, Casey and Jessica were making complete fools of themselves, shaking their asses like dancers in a rap video. Every time we came to the Nest, the same thing happened. Casey and Jessica danced, flirted, attracted the attention of every male in sight, and eventually were hauled out of the party by their protective best friend—me—before any of the horn dogs could take advantage of them. I figured Joe would get offended if I told him that one of the biggest problems was this damn place. The Nest, which used to be a real bar, had been converted into a teen lounge three years ago. The rickety oak bar still stood, but Joe served only Coke products while the kids danced or listened to live music.
ISBN 13: 9780316084239
I was chatting to some "internet friends" the other day about The DUFF, and they told me that they thought the book was horrible. They thought it was wrong to label people. I also saw this article as well, where the writer made some pretty good points, and I thought, "Maybe I should read this book and offer my own points. Bianca is in a group of three friends with Casey and Jessica; both pretty, both flawless in her eyes.