The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
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 “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. GOODREADS.
My Thoughts: This book impressed me. I was expecting the overused and abused trope of the ugly nobody gets the hot jerk etc. And OK it was there, but there were some truly beautiful girl power, love thy self, don’t judge others moments in this book.
The main character of Bianca was easily likable as were her two besties. Experiencing them navigate boys, high school hierarchy and family drama was actually quite entertaining and heart warming.
Keplinger’s writing flowed smoothly and I can actually see myself re-reading this book again if i’m ever in need of a quick fun feel good pick me up. I gave it FOUR what a pleasant surprise STARS.
Also: I watched the movie adaptation straight after the finishing the book, in which they changed so much the story was barely recognizable. Sadly I felt that they left out all the girl power friendship moments that actually made the book worthwhile! 😦
Lucy’s Chance (Red Rock Ranch #1) by Brittney Joy
2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Duff & Lucy’s Chance”
It’s been years since I read The Duff and while I liked it overall, I struggled with Bianca and her supposed lack of self esteem. I found it odd that she was comfortable with her body seeing she had such a low opinion of herself and was hoping it would have been addressed. It was entertaining nonetheless though. I haven’t seen the movie but haven’t heard great thing to be honest and seeing you didn’t like it all that much, i’ll definitely steer clear now. Wonderful reviews Sarah, so glad you were able to enjoy them ❤
I’d say that the author told us Bianca had self esteem issues rather then Showed us in the writing. On the one hand she’s afraid to talk to Tucker (I think that was his name) but has no problem’s trying to jump him later on. And then there was the whole jumping in the sack with Wez thing, which while reading the book I took it to be a “I don’t give a shit about you, so I don’t give a shit what you think about me” vibe, but now looking back I can see your point. It’s not a book you should think too hard about, just enjoy it lol :-).
And yes avoid the movie it’ll make you cringe and crave fried foods.