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The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

(Hamilton High #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  188,942 ratings  ·  12,397 reviews
An irreverent and irresistible New York Times bestselling romance between the so-called Designated Ugly Fat Friend and the Hot Jock.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hott
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Poppy (first published September 7th 2010)
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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 tho…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.…moreYa. I mean, kind of. I mean, it's hard to explain...just read the book. It's awesome.(less)

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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 pla
Jun 29, 2011 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
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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ev
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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 he
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 fe
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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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 i
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

Never really planned to read this book, but I saw it at the library and picked it up anyway. I watched the movie a few weeks ago and it's - big surprise - completely different.
But I should talk about the book here: It's utterly guessable and an old big high school chick lit cliché, but that's why we love those books and movies right? So nothing surprising, except how openly the author wrote about
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤


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
May 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
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 y
Simone Elkeles
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that this book is now a movie - it was a cute, fun, sexy read (edgy - so it's for older teens) and I loved it. ...more
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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Mar 12, 2015 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. (
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
Aishu Rehman
I loved the general idea of this book. As the DUFF in many a friend circles in high school I found this book refreshing. Bianca spends a bit of the book upset by the fact that she is the DUFF, what she learns is that everyone is a DUFF. Which I wish I would’ve known when I was in high school. I loved how it touched on the fact that all teenage girls are so self conscious and never see their true potential. There are a few heavy storylines happening here but in teenage life, they are very common. ...more
Jun 25, 2010 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
Clumsy Storyteller

Fun-light reads i loved it , Bianca is such amazing i love her so much and Wesley is playboy who acts like an asshole in the first few chapters but you'll learn to like him as the story progress i loved the movie even more, they are so funny :D

Chelsey Connor
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 ...more
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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 That  because this book, was although cute, NOT something I would recommend to young adults.

The main character Bianca was, insecure, self absorbed,
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sep 25, 2010 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 stereotypic
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Not what I was expecting at all - and not really in a good way.

Now I preface this by saying, to my knowledge, I have never been and have no plans to be a teenage girl. Some of your opinions on my review might be tainted by the fact that I am a middle age man. Well, that's just fine because I am not sure any of what I am about to say is actually applicable. A lot of it will be me being incredulous of the teenage behavior in this book. But, if this is truly how things are, I think I am glad to not
Oct 21, 2010 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
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