December 28th, 2010

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The D.U.F.F.: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The Blurb On The Back:

“You, darling, are the Duff. Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend,” Wesley clarified. “No offense, it’s not like you’re an ogre or anything, but in comparison ...” He shrugged his broad shoulders. “You have hot friends ... Really hot friends.” He paused, watching the action on the dance floor for a moment, before facing me again. “The point is, scientists have proven that every group of friends has a weak link, a Duff.”


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’d 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 Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


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The Verdict:

This competent debut teen romance manages to tap into the insecurity that many teenage girls have about their appearance and the way in which many girls compare themselves to their friends to good effect. However there is an equal amount of soap opera cliché in terms of the main character’s background and personal problems, which ultimately dragged the story down for me. I’m interested in seeing Keplinger’s next novel, but hopefully she’ll go in a more original direction.

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