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The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  124,735 Ratings  ·  10,260 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 “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate f
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Poppy
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Tara Joshi The trailer sucks!! I understand that movies aren't always exactly like the book, but changing the plot line has gone too far. And where did Bella…moreThe trailer sucks!! I understand that movies aren't always exactly like the book, but changing the plot line has gone too far. And where did Bella thorne come from, she seems to have a huge part in the movie, but in the book, her character has a small role. The movie is gonna be a typical teen film, with blocked kissing scenes, and an over exaggeration of high school issues.
^ ranting about all of that though.. I hope that the movie isn't like the trailer, and that they discuss the insecurities that Bianca went through, because thats what drew me to the book, I could relate with her character.(less)
Daphne Ya. I mean, kind of. I mean, it's hard to explain...just read the book. It's awesome.
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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
Emily May
They're making this book into a movie. So, naturally, I had to read it.

The word that first comes to mind when thinking back over this book is messy. That's how I would describe it. It's entertaining in parts, annoying in others, and sends out a confusing mix of messages.

“I actually need your help. You see, your friends are hot. And you, darling, are the Duff.”
“Is that even a word?”
“Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend,” he clarified. “No offense, but that would be you.”

This above exchange takes place
Feb 22, 2015 Lora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2015 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
2.5? 3? Over-hyped.
Lola  Reviewer
What a bummer.

I decided to read this novel for four distinct reasons:

1) The unmistakable hype
2) The movie was exactly what I hoped to watch a Friday night
3) Many reviewers qualified this book as ‘‘fun’’ and ‘‘absolutely entertaining’’
4) I wanted to see how the DUFF thing was dealt with in the written story and recognize the changes they made to the cinematographic version (because there always are)

But the thing is… hype lies, this was nothing – and believe me when I say that – like the movie, th
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
4 stars!

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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Initially, I picked it up because I saw a preview for the film. After reading it, I’m not sure if I’ll go watch the movie. With the way the few clips I’ve seen show, it’s not much like the book at all. And some of the things I really loved about the book seem to be missing from the film… but back to the book! The Duff is a laugh out loud, sweet, sexy, and at times serious read. It’s a book about friendship, loyalty, and even
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Apr 16, 2015 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Nenia Campbell
Bianca is out with her two best friends when Wesley Rush comes up to her and lets her know her standing.
"You see, your friends are hot. And you, darling, are the Duff."
"Is that even a word?"
"Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend," he clarified. "No offence, but that would be you."

So Bianca throws her drink in his face.

Then, she goes and kisses him.

I didn't like these characters very much at first. I thought she had lost her ever loving mind. Kiss that asshole that said that? Plus, he keeps calling her
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I kinda LOVED this book. Color me as surprised as anyone else. It seems a lot of people didn't. Here's what I have to say about that . . .

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And also?

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You're right. I'm not!

Talk about a refreshing flippin' change of pace from the regular YA fare. Not to mention this book was written by a fetus. Her momma should be proud!

Kody Keplinger offers up some serious straight talk in The
Kat Stark

So here’s the thing, I’m conflicted with the themes, but damn, this book was entertaining.

Quick synopsis: Girl uses boy as a sex toy in order to escape the hard realities of her life. Boy is totally cool with it because he is already deemed a man-whore within the first few pages. Somehow they end up falling for each other.

Bianca is a bitch--I love her.
Bianca is a bitch--I hate her.
Wesley is a whore--I hate him.
Wesley is a whore--I love him.

“Just me” Problems?
I hate that Bianca uses sex
I am all about the DUFF! Loved it!
I was interested in this books years ago, when it first came out, but then I read some reviews that said it was full of inappropriate sex, and promoted low self-esteem in girls.
Unfortunately, I let that scare me off.
I recently noticed that they were making a Movie about the book, and my interest perked up again.
Psst. The movie a very PG version of the book.


This book really struck a chord with me.
Now I'm not going to give you some sob story, and tell you that I
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
3.5 stars

Starring: Cliche characters, but real growth.

“Calling Vikki a slut or a whore was just like calling somebody the Duff. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off the inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz.
They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point.”


High school romances aren't my thing, since they're often cliche, but this novel wasn't mainly abou
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
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2015
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)


I was in the middle of asking myself the age-old question-where will I use this in real life?-when I felt a hand on my shoulder. That skin-crawly thing happened, and I knew exactly who was behind me.
Great. Just fucking great.

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Aaaahhhh this book. This book made me so unbelievably happy, it's unreal. I was completely and utterly obsessed from the minute I picked it up until the moment I put it down
Steph Sinclair
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Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
4.5 Duffy stars!!!

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

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OMIGOSH YOU GUYS! I loved this book!! Like seriously, I kind of can't believe how much I loved a book that literally means "ugly fat friend".

Over the years I've seen this book in passing, in the library, bookstores, and lists titled "Best Book Boyfriends". I never picked it up because come on. Look at the title. Now look at the cover. Based on those two things, would you
Buddy read with Aly and Figgy.

WALDORF: Just when you think this show is terrible something wonderful happens.
WALDORF: It ends.
- The Muppet Show

Well, I suppose it’s Unpopular Opinion time, seeing as this book has got nothing but raving high ratings with gushing reviews on top. But from the very first page, I got a feeling of dread as I was thrown into the head of one of the most annoying main characters I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting, as well as heaps of ‘Omigosh!’ and ‘W
Jan 15, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.75 Stars


A cute, fun read. I really enjoyed this story. What is a Duff? Hell, many of us notice them all the time. The one girl/guy who is a bit less attractive in their crowd, the one that tends to fade into the background. Well, when known manwhore, Wesley informs Bianca that she is in fact the Duff of her group, she is left spinning.


This revelation comes at the same time Bianca's home life is taking a nosedive. So, guess where she ends up taking refuge... the last place she ever imagined, We
This book. WOW. Another soul-mate book. I decided to read it because of the movie trailer,BUT its NOTHING like the trailer. This book is deep and thought provoking.

Bianca, the DUFF, is not your regular 'misfit' or protagonist. She's cynic,smart,protective,loving. And her friends though they are pretty, are not dumb blondes as the trailer suggests. They are pretty amazing people. Casey and Jessica are two brilliant friends. Wesley is NOT how he's presented in the trailer either. In book,he has d
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Lots of people
Now he was the one who looked angry.

Angry and HURT.

I didn't get it.

Okay. People will tell you all sorts of things about this novel. But you come here to hear the truth, right? And the truth is that what this novel is REALLY about is a girl who is one of the stupidest characters ever created. Someone who just does not grasp human relationships and interactions. She's an idiot.

Did you ever see 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU? Yeah? Bianca, the MC in this novel, is like Julia Stiles was in that movie. (
Giulia (Jun)
Yes, my friends... it's unpopular opinion time! (again.)

I think it's already pretty obvious that I didn't like the book, so please, do not be offended by my opinion if you did.
This book basically represents everything I hate about mainstream YA literature. It simultaneously made me feel like I was way too old for it (and it's not because it's set in high school. I've recently read another contemporary book set in high school, and I loved it) and like I had already read it at least 10 times befor
Darth J
In every group there’s a Designated Ugly Fat Friend...

And that’s the catchy title and premise of this book, which is predicated on the fact that girl cliques supposedly pick a less attractive girl to hang out with so they can look better by contrast—at least according to our male MC, who the audience is supposed to hate…

I liked a lot of this book because most of it wasn’t typical YA. Most of it didn’t fall into melodrama or unrealistic dialogue. Mostly, this is a frank modern tale of the kind of
Aug 03, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 26, 2015 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for a silly escape
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Carina
They believed he was a good guy they could tame, but I knew he was a jackass. I only wanted his body.

Go on and get that, girl.

1. At least she KNEW what she was getting herself into.
2. And she owned it without shame.
3. AND she had no expectations that she was going to get more.

In a weird way, Bianca's knowledge of her being the DUFF was this back door into empowerment. In a weird way, I almost expected more insecurity over it. I guess I should be happy that she wasn't the stereotypical needy
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Original Review at:

I started reading this book all because of the trailer for the movie, it seemed cute and I wanted to read the story. I read it in one sitting, it's a quick read.

So I borrowed the book and read it! Needless to say it's probably going to be nothing like the book but more like the 90's movie She's All Thatbecause this book, was although cute, NOT something I would recommend to young adults.

The main character Bianca was, insecure, self absorbed, hy
Jan 30, 2011 Cory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
I can't believe how different this story was to the movie!!! My gosh. I loved both but I think I like the book better. This line "Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you" totally made my heart explode. This book was hard to put down
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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?"
"The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself."
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