The Duff by Kody Keplinger : Book Review

I recently read this book after seeing the movie trailer for it. One of my most important rules, that I follow, is if a movie is based off a book I’m going to read the book first. So that’s what I did with “Duff” and I had high expectations for it. I mean if a book is going to be a movie then it has to be pretty good, right? Well no, if you assume that before reading this book you would be wrong! I didn’t really like this book and because of several reasons: poor timeline of events, lousy potrayal of characters, and unrealistic events that unfold in novel.  I felt like this book was just to get teens to like and sell to the masses. Although I wasn’t blesses about th book, I still finished it, and now I know true agony (just kidding).

“Duff” is about a high school senior named Bianca. Bianca has two gorgeous friends named Casey and Jessica. They’ve been friends for a long time, since they were in elementary school. This is their last year of HS. together and every time Bianca thinks about it she gets sad, knowing not many people will put up with her endless sarcasm and often cynical mood. That’s not the only she has to worry about either; her mother is never home and her dad isn’t the most observant parent. Plus the two seem to be having marital problems which really makes her sad since she loves them both. On top of all of this an annoying football player named Wesley Rush tells her what she doesn’t know all along. He tells her she’s the Duff of her group of friends, Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and this makes her exasperated beyond belief. While stressing over it, she figures out a way to take her mind of these issues and just relax; and that’s when she kisses Wesley! Check out “Duff” at your nearest library to find out if Bianca gets over being the Duff and how she & Wesley’s relationship progresses. Buy “The Duff” from Amazon or check out from your nearest library.

Like I  said earlier I didn’t really care about this book when reading it. The only positive thing I could say about the “Duff” is that it teaches the readers not to call people names because you really don’t know their story or the real reason they are being called that.


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All in all it irritated me because of the aforementioned unrealistic events. Like how often does a hot football player end up with a Duff? Never, and that’s what made me mad. Not only that the author didn’t put events in a order so you (the reader) could  get a sense of how the overall story is progressing. It made no sense and that’s why I would give his book a 2 out of 10. This novel is recommend to anyone over 15  and over because it does contain material not suggested for people underage (e.g. explicit language/inappropriate content).