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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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Watch The Tomorrow People – Tonight

I wrote a post about The Tomorrow People in December, and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular on my blog, receiving hits daily.

The Tomorrow People is one of those shows on the ratings bubble, that may or may not get renewed for a second season.

There are so few shows that I actually enjoy watching these days, especially since I avoid reality shows, except for Cake Boss.  I really hope that this one survives.

The Tomorrow People will be on tonight at at 9:00PM EST on the CW.  It can also be watched the day after on  Here is a preview of tonight’s episode:

And here is my December post.  Give it a read, if you haven’t already:

The Writers of “The Tomorrow People” Can Read My Mind

The Tomorrow People is the best show ever!

[Note: Spoilers ahead.  Proceed with caution.]



Well, not really.  But every week it has surprised me by getting better.  As I don’t get The CW network through my cable company, I have to watch it on their website.  Which actually works out better for me, because then I can watch it at my leisure.

The Tomorrow People is about a group of 20-somethings who have special powers.  Their powers seem to sort of depend on what they need for that episode.  The show is centered about Stephen Jameson, played by Robbie Amell, who is supposed to still be in High School, even though he looks 25 (Amell actually is 25).  Stephen is torn between joining the cool, subway station dwelling Tomorrow People and working for the organization his evil Uncle leads that wants to take away the Tomorrow People’s powers.  And, being the star of the show, Stephen’s powers seem to be above and beyond everyone else’s for a mysterious reason we have yet to discover.

Ya, the premise is a little wonky.  And no one seems to notice every week that Stephen is playing for both sides.  But I truly like the characters (the male ones, anyway), and I am invested in their lives.  Stephen has a token black girl best friend, the human who isn’t supposed to know that a world with secret powers exists.  She is also hopelessly in love with him, and he is totally clueless.  There is also Cara, the head chick in the underground Tomorrow People organization.  I don’t like her.  She seems like she has secrets.  And is snotty.  And not pretty enough for every man on the show to be in love with her.

Why is it a really good show?  Because the guys on it look like this:

Luke Mitchell as John Young Photo:

Luke Mitchell as John Young

And it is especially good because it doesn’t make me wait around for things to happen, in that soap opera way TV shows used to do.  TV writers have apparently figured out that we want immediate gratification.

I thought it would be forever before token black friend-who-is-a-girl (I really don’t remember her name at all) discovered Stephen’s powers.  Nope.  Episode 3.

Stephen and Cara have a spark between them.  But she is with John, the hot blond.  I thought it would be ages before her and Stephen got together.  Nope, episode 6!  And not a kiss that leads to nothing either.  They kissed, then totally had sex!  (Although it happened between episodes.  Convenient.)

I thought it would take a while for Stephen to figure out that his black friend (Astrid, I looked it up), had the total hots for him.  Nope.  Episode 7.

I was watching Episode 7, “Limbo”, and seeing this love triangle that the writers had set up between Stephen, Cara, and John.  Remember, I don’t like Cara.  My first thought was, “Man, they should have Stephen and John kiss.  That would be hot.”  Instead, they got into a big fight.  I thought, “Well, that is almost as good.”  By the end of the episode?  You guessed it!


Well, not quite.  Technically John was giving Stephen CPR after he had nearly drowned.  But this technicality was not lost on the writers, who had John say to Cara later in the episode: Well, technically, now we have both made out with Stephen.

John giving Stephen CPR Photo:

John giving Stephen CPR

Mark Pellegrino plays the evil uncle.  I still haven’t gotten over him playing Aiden’s maker on Being Human.  Apparently he played Jacob on “Lost” as well (long after i quit watching it).  He just plays creepy so well.  He is so mean that you just wish all the Tomorrow People had the chance to kick the crap out of him.  Guess what?  That is Episode 8!  There the writers go reading my mind again.

There is even a creepy missing father/head of the underground mystery the writers are revealing to us one piece at a time.  Kind of like a Scooby-Doo mystery, without the adorable talking Great Dane.

It is also really good because I think Robbie Amell looks a lot like Hal Sparks.  And I love me some Hal Sparks.

Robbie Amell and Hal Sparks

Robbie Amell and Hal Sparks

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