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Book Review: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down. I have that problem with all books, but this one I couldn’t take a break to go to the bathroom or make lunch or take a shower. I believe I heard about this book a long time ago, but just picked it up last week, because I saw it was being made into a movie. So, the whole time I was reading the book, I was picturing actor Robbie Amell, who I loved in The Tomorrow People, as the male lead character Wesley. Which, is really hot. But we find out right away:

Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls. They chase him.

This book was realistic in ways other books are not. Like how Bianca has had two (dysfunctional) relationships, yet has never been out on a real date and had no idea how to get ready for one. TV shows always portray that the nice, innocent dates come first. Real life doesn’t happen like that. Real life if messier.

What got me most was that I loved Bianca’s voice. I really related to it. Well, not her cynicism of love in high school. But even she comes around to changing her opinion on that.

I also liked that nothing in the book was cut and dried. The bad boy wasn’t all bad. The perfect guy wasn’t perfect. The mom who deserted her family wasn’t evil. The perfect Dad could fall off the wagon. The moral of the book is similar to the ending of the movie The Breakfast Club; each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case… By the end of this book, you find out that each one of us is a duff, a slut, a whore, a bitch, a prude, a tease, a ditz. It is an important lesson to remember. This book would make a WONDERFUL movie as it is written. I love Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman. Too bad that from the trailer, it looks like they totally turned it into She’s All That 2.

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