5 Things About The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

December 3, 2017 Review 18 ★★★½

5 Things About The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
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Publisher: Poppy
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 311
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So different to the movie

Having seen the movie first, of course I’m going to be comparing the book to it a lot. While the start was quite similar, and the overall message that everyone has problems and insecurities is the same, the rest of the story was remarkably different. And that’s a good thing! I get into it a bit more in the other points, but the book was much more than a simple make-over-for-crush-then-realise-the-guy-you-want-has-been-helping-all-along-and-accepts-you-for-who-you-are cliche story.

 

I didn’t expect to be so addicted

Mid slump mood, I really didn’t expect any book to grab me. Next thing I know I read THE DUFF in almost one sitting (if I didn’t have to sleep it would be a different story). It was so easy to read and keep the pages turning.

 

More complex characters and storylines than I expected

As you can probably tell from my movie comparison bit, I was expecting your usual make over cliche that results in the character realising she was okay just the way she is. What I got was much more interesting. Escapism/ avoidance behaviour, serious family problems that need processing, and more. It’s a lot more real and interesting than the usual cliches.

 

Bianca’s cynical, sarcastic personality is just like mine

I may not have the family and past boyfriend problems that Bianca is running away from (thankfully my life is much more boring), but her personality is very similar to mine. I hate all those romantic holidays, PDAs, going out, and dances. Sarcastic comments and high cynicism are common from me too. This all made Bianca easy to relate too and also enjoyable to read thanks to our similar sense of humour.

 

No excessive friendship drama, thank god

I’ve had my share of high school friendship issues in my own high school experience, and I really don’t enjoy reading them. They get on my nerves and also bring back some not so great memories. I was so happy that the friendship issues only make up a small component of THE DUFF. For most of the book Bianca’s friends are super supportive and there for her whenever she needs. They’re keepers for sure.

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After enjoying the movie, I was ready to experience a simple, light typical high school contemporary. The DUFF couldn’t have been more different. With more complex characters and plot points, it was so much better than that. I’m adding Kody Keplinger to my list of YA contemporary authors I need to read more of.

Read about Bianca and Wesley yourself:
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Have you read or seen The DUFF? What did you think?

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Overall: 3.7

18 Responses to “5 Things About The DUFF by Kody Keplinger”

  1. Sarah J.

    I absolutely loved The DUFF when I read it in 8th grade and I felt like the movie babyfied the content for younger audiences and because it took away a lot of important dark issues, it changed the whole content of the movie. The movie wasn’t bad, but the book was a favorite of mine and it was a real letdown. Glad you liked the book and it helped you get through a reading slump!
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    • Bec

      They really did change a lot of the themes and just made it the typical high school make up story.

      It was the best book to get me out of that slump

    • Bec

      It definitely brought something fresh to the contemporary world!

      Haha the only reason I’ve seen the movie is because it was on Netflix and was a good study break movie.

  2. Kelly

    I think I’m in the minority who didn’t enjoy it unfortunately, I just found Bianca tiresome and a little too superficial where others were concerned. I really enjoyed the friendship between the girls though, they were so incredibly supportive and conscious of Bianca’s self esteem. I wish the focus of the book had of been more so on the friendship rather than the sexual relationship. I should reread this as it’s been years, it might surprise me. Great review Bec, so glad you were able to enjoy it <3

    • Bec

      Her friends were amazingly supportive! I really would have loved to see more of them in the novel too (in the movie there was friendship conflict so they didn’t even get to show off how good friends they all were)

      It’ll be interesting to see if your thoughts have changed if you do reread it.

    • Bec

      I think expecting something “meh” like the movie was only increased my enjoyment! I never expected it to be such a great read.

  3. Gayathri

    I saw the movie a while ago and I skipped out the book assuming it would be as cliched as the movie was. But thanks to your review, this book goes on my TBR right away. Great review

  4. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener

    Just wanted to stop by and let you guys know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award! I’ve been following your blog and I think it’s really awesome!

    But ahhhhh The Duff!! I LOVED this book! For me the book came first, so I was veeeeery salty at how different they were. You’re right, the movie is cliche and the book just isn’t like that! But once I stopped comparing them so much I really started enjoying the movie. I watch it all time now!
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    • Bec

      Thanks for the nomination!

      It’s a fun, light movie on its own. But why couldn’t they just stick to more of the books story and themes??? (I guess rating played a big part)

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