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The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  43,345 ratings  ·  4,098 reviews
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 Bia...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy (first published 2010)
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Veronica Roth
I started to read this book at about 10PM, thinking I would just get through a chapter and come back to it later, but that didn't happen. I stayed up until 2AM. What first sucked me in was Bianca's voice, which I found funny and engaging. But what really kept me going was my sudden and inexplicable love for Wesley. This book is well-paced and well-written, but its greatest strength lies in its characters. They are interesting, likable (even when they're doing things I don't approve of!), and the...more
Dec 04, 2013 Lora rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teens and people who are more open-minded than me
A note to anyone who chooses to read the following: I am critiquing this book solely based on the first 80 pages or so as I simply didn't have the will to continue any further.

There are some spoilers, but only for the first 80 pages.

Have you ever been sitting with a group of friends and one of them tells a joke and immediately everyone but you starts laughing? And then you sit there looking like the stupefied idiot who's just not getting it? That's how I felt while reading The DUFF. So many of m...more
"Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you"

Oh boy, you don't know how I just swooned at that line! *sigh*

Anyway, Gahd, I love love luuurve this book. I had this on my TBR pile for quite a long time but I keep on passing through it. Seriously, I should have read this a long time ago. But yeah, I guess it's better late than never, right? And I am really glad that I finally read this! This is just so freaking awesome. I'm surprise on how much I enjoyed this book.

I had a lot of fun read...more
I think one of the worst things that could ever happen to a book is an unsympathetic protagonist. A person would be willing to forgive a lot of things — loopholes in the plot, slow-moving story, clichéd endings — if they fell in love with the hero/heroine. Unfortunately, this did not happen to me with The DUFF.

I read a blog post by Kody Keplinger today where she remarked that a lot of the people who criticised The DUFF did so because of the sex scenes in the book. Personally, I have no objection...more
Alright ladies, I've got a question: say you're at a scummy dance club that your friends all but forced you to go to. You're not having a good time. In fact, you're pretty miserable and can't wait to go home. As you sit at the bar nursing your Cherry Coke a good-looking guy comes and sits next to you.

That would be nice, right? A good way to pass the time until your friends decide they've had all the man-handling they can take (for the night).

Well, say the hot guy in question turns out to be th...more
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My take on Wesley - (hope you like JJJ :)

My Favourite Quote: "No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually".

I have never heard of the term The Duff (The Designated Ugly Fat Friend) before I bought this book. I thought maybe it was just a term used in the States. But apparently not. It is even used here in Australia. As I was paying for the book at the counter, the owner of the bookstore said 'we used t...more
This one took me by surprise. But I guess I should've expected to enjoy it. Bianca is abrasive, snippy, and let's be honest, kind of a beotch. I can totally emphathize with Bianca. We'd be friends, for sure. I think every girl has felt like the DUFF at some point in her life before. Insecurity is a part of growing up (and even after that.) Seriously though, you guys. I'd never heard of a DUFF before, but I'd be heinous, too, if a guy ever addressed me by that term!

Bianca is an awesome, ballsy c...more
This was such a nice book!

It was a fun read since the very begining. I loved the brief discusion between Bianca and Wesley, it was fun and entertaining. Also I loved the way both characters changed (so slowly) through the story - they started by hating each other (or at least Bianca says she did), then they found out that there is more to them than meets the eyes, and they ended so deeply in love - but the transition seemed as natural as breathing.

Bianca is the average girl with not-so-high se...more
The Duff brings back memories from two years ago. I was just beginning to get into serious writing. My characters were cynical as hell. They all needed to prove something to the world by being as snarky and sarcastic as they possibly could. I didn't know that certain phrases were grammatically incorrect such as,

"I'm tired,"John sighed.


"I hate him,"Lissa hissed.

And I was very annoying with my character descriptions. Yes, I described the color of my main character's eyes. Then I had her describe...more
Kirsten Hubbard
I first read THE DUFF in a Word doc, post-agent edits but pre-editor edits. I enjoyed it then. Now that I've had a chance to read the polished, expanded version in an ARC graciously sent by Kody's agent, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, I enjoy it even more.

There's a lot to love about The Duff: the humor, Bianca's razor-sharp voice, and of course, the romance. Hot hot hot. What is it about a love-hate relationship that gets us going? Who knows, but Kody nailed it.

The character arcs are my favorite part of...more

4 Stars! I was pleasantly surprised how much this book grabbed a hold of me!

I've had my eye on this book for a while, and after reading Ruth's review and seeing how much she liked it, I went over to Amazon and browsed through the sample pages. Sassy smart-mouthed Bianca and Wesley, egotistical jerk that he is, sucked me right into the story. I never expected their relationship to take the turn that it did and while I don't condone it, it certainly made for some interesting reading. These two...more
While I can’t say that “DUFF” is a particularly common expression where I’m from (*see footnote), the concept is certainly familiar. Whether it’s the friend who is perceived as “lesser” in some way, used as a foil to his/her companions, or the practice of exploiting someone’s self-image in order to gain romantic footing with the actual object of desire – it’s a fact that this idea, if not the practice, is perpetuated by a culture obsessed with comparison.

For this reason, I applaud Keplinger’s c...more
I'm fully aware of the fact that this does have its flaws but I had such a blast with this book, I can only rate it 5 stars.


Simply put: I loved this. One reason might be that I’m the biggest sucker on earth for stories like this. Bad boy falls for good/ordinary/average girl. Give me a main character I can relate to, a plot that keeps me entertained and doesn’t strike me as stupid or ridiculous, make the bad boy swoon-worthy and top it off with some hot and sizzling scenes that make my pul...more
When I was 18, my parents encouraged me to write a book. I laughed at the idea and said, "But I haven't lived long enough to understand people. That would be a bad book." I think they had this impression that because I had gone to summer camps for writing, my creative efforts up until this point would have consisted of pithier things than two pages of handwritten story about a rabbit couple, erotica about video game characters (written so young that the sex parts probably consisted of "then sex...more
This book took me by surprise. I went into it expecting to like it - it was one of the very fewcontemporary novels of last year that I actually activelywanted, the reviews were just that good. But even though I expected to enjoy it and get something out of it, I didn't expect for it to keep me up all night. I didn't expect for it to be the type of book that I wanted to just flip back to the beginning and start again once I'd finished. I didn't expect it to make me uncomfortable and empathetic, a...more
Okay, so this was really cute, especially the ending!

I was a little iffy about it in the beginning and middle, but it really started to pick up towards the end. I felt Bianca to be a really unique and interesting main character. Her way of thinking is really intriguing and fun to read about. She's very snarky and cynical, but not obnoxiously so. I really enjoyed seeing her growth throughout the story. I also love the message this book gives. It's very universal and I think a lot of girls could r...more
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I don't think I've ever been so happy to have finished something in my entire life.

If I can ever manage to work myself out of the sputtering state of disbelief this book has managed to put me in I'll try and attempt to review it. Until then...the shelves speak for themselves.
Sep 15, 2010 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lots of language and casual sex
Recommended to Annalisa by: author blog
This book depressed me. Has the world really gotten to a point where the best solution to overwhelming problems is the dive into the endorphines of meaningless sex with the town man-whore who you absolutely despise? Please don't answer that question. Maybe we should back up in health class and do more than talk about STDs and pregnancy and talk about the emotional complications of sex.

I kept waiting for Bianca's reckless behavior to catch up with her, but it never did. On the physical scale, eve...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I enjoyed this quite a bit which surprised me. I remember reading the description of this book probably over a year ago and I wasn't interested in the slightest. I'm glad I finally gave it a shot because it was much better than I had anticipated.

Having felt like the Duff amongst my own friends when I was a teen, this story definitely struck a chord with me and Bianca's self-deprecating, unapologetic realism delighted me. There were flawed bits, sure, I thought the issues with Bianca's dad were...more
No entendía las altas puntuaciones de esta novela en Goodreads, ni qué podía tener de maravillosa tratándose de un argumento tan... como decirlo... ¿ridículo? ¿simplón? ¿banal? No lo entendía... hasta ahora. The Duff es el perfecto ejemplo de cómo una historia sin complicaciones, con los pies en la tierra y sin muchas vueltas puede ser adictiva e ingeniosa.
En parte es más que evidente que la escritora tiene 19 años (y tres libros a sus espaldas: The Duff, Shut Out y Midsummer's Nightmare) por s...more
Bianca doesn't seem to actually have major self-esteem issues -- not any more so than the typical girl. Yes, her best friends are skinny and popular, but it doesn't bother her or reflect on her self-image. She's realistic about how she looks, but doesn't want or intend to do anything to change it, because she's fine with herself. Sure, she's bored sitting at The Nest -- the music isn't her thing, she doesn't dance, and doesn't care for the crowd that hangs out there -- a lot of preening people h...more
Feb 22, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Eunice
I LOVED this story!

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for ages because I was a little afraid to start it. I had good things about it in the past but the thought of reading about two people, who hate each other just randomly "hooking up" didn't sound that appealing. This book ended up being so much more.

The story begins with Bianca out with her girlfriends at a teen lounge. Suddenly, Wesley Rush, hottie, and well-known womanizer at school, sits down at the bar with Bianca to talk. She basica...more
I absolutely love this book. It's sexy and it feels so much close to reality than most of the books and not because it lacks some fantasy storyline. There isn't the always bitchy Queen B of the high school for once and all the teens act like real teens do. And most importantly - they have SEX. Because that's what teens do, whether you like it or not and I hate how all the YA fantasy books are trying to tell you, that it's all about the ultimate love and finding the real person (especially when t...more
It's always hard to read a first-person narrative when the narrator annoys you, and Bianca Piper annoys me. I realize being disaffected is supposed to be cool, but Bianca's list of things she hates is on the long side. She hates going out with her friends, but she does it anyway. She hates Wesley Rush, who gave her the nickname "Duff"--the "Designated Ugly Fat Friend"--but has sex with him because she finds a welcome oblivion in sleeping with him. She hates parties. She hates sports. She hates t...more
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko

I had just finished Hunger Games and needed something upbeat and light to read. I had browsed my collection of books however nothing said “READ ME NOW.” So I looked at a couple of trusted reviews for some of the books I was considering. I decided on The DUFF (Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend), by Kody Keplinger.

I devoured this book and could have read it in one sitting had I not needed sleep for work. :=), damn job! Kody, a very young aut
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Out of all of the books I got my first day at BEA, I chose The DUFF to read first. It's a medium length book (not too overwhelming) and had a contemporary topic that I was interested in.

The book started off fine enough - we are introduced to all of our key players. The descriptions allowed me to visualize them in my head easily, so each scene was pretty well laid out in my mind.

After a few pages, I realized I was going to have a problem - Bianca (The "DUFF") had a bit too much aggression for me...more
I was really surprised on how much I liked it :D I thought the characters were really refreshing, and overall I appreciated the honesty in this book!

Check out my video review here:
First Reread of June!

Still in love with it!
May 26, 2013 Lis rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ugh
A ver, ¿cómo reseñar este libro? Voy a ser honesta, la mayoría del tiempo que estuve leyendo, estuve de muy mal humor. Y lo peor, es que podría haber sido un buen libro, con el que me habría divertido, y le hubiera puesto una (o ¿quién dice?, hasta dos) estrellas más... eso, si no fuera por Bianca.

Bianca es el personaje más irritante que leí en siglos. Ella narraba el libro, y ella me ponía de mal humor, por lo tanto, el libro en sí me hacía enojar.

Todo empieza cuando Bianca estaba sentada en un...more
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.
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“Spanish, huh?" he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. "Can you say anything interesting?"
"El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme." I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
"That sounds sexy," he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he'd swept together. "What's it mean?"
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