REVIEW: THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Author Website: Kody Keplinger
  • Rating: YYY

  • 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 for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

    Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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.


    It has been a while since I have read a book that I found as witty, entertaining and blush worthy as I have found in THE DUFF. There were some great moments that I really enjoyed and found quite memorable while there were equal amounts of moments that I was left shaking my head in wonder.

    When I originally completed this book I had some serious love, like I wanna read it again right now love. I was telling all my friends about it and I could not get it out of my head and that's when I really started to go over THE DUFF in my mind. Why did I enjoy it so much? So, as I began to dissect this story I realized that I had a few issues that I almost let get past me. It is not to dispel that I enjoyed the story any less, because believe me I did, but I had some questions in regards to it's main character Bianca and how her idea of therapy could be considered O.K.

    So, here you have this witty and intelligent girl named Bianca that one evening gets called THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by the school hottie and resident "man whore". She let's him have it with her cherry coke only to let him have all of her soon therafter. Now would you get all naked and sweaty with the guy that just called you THE DUFF? Me. No. Think. So. And would you continue to do so as like some addict on crack? to avoid the troubles your home life? Hmmm....It does make me wonder. I know that many of us like to hide from our issues and sometimes create other distractions to avoid what is really wrong within our lives and Bianca's actions in THE DUFF are a perfect example of this train of thought. Just because she is a really smart girl it does not mean that she is not prone to human weakness, but I don't find her reasons and actions overly convincing.

    I cannot lie and say that I did not enjoy the banter between Bianca and Wesley, their verbal foreplay was illicit and fun. I found his need to understand and listen to Bianca somewhat endearing yet far fetched but within the theme of this book's reality, his actions fit. Even his continual use of the endearment "Duffy" caused me to cringe and wonder why that girl would still have sex with him???

    Besides the blushworthy moments, THE DUFF does delve into some serious subject matter that gets glossed over and I would have believed to have been played out differently. Maybe I am asking for too much because I considered THE DUFF to be an entertaing story and I was totally carried away by it's lustful moments and witty dialogue, but beneath it's surface I found it a bit lacking.

    THE DUFF is a book that is sexually charged without being overly explicit, dancing on the edge of reality but entertaining nonetheless. If you can get past certain issues and take it for the fun read that is then it is worth your time.

    2 comments on "REVIEW: THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger"

    Laina wrote: September 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    I've heard mixed reviews about this one... I'll probably still read it, but I may take it with a grain of salt. :)

    June G wrote: November 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I was entertained by it, but truthfully, I was disturbed by the extensive use of profanity and casual sex.

    Post a Comment

    I would love to see what you have to say :)

    “Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

    Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

    Tales of a Ravenous Reader

    My Photo
    Hello, and thank you for stopping by. This is my little haven for talking about the books that I adore.

    Grab My Button

    Email Twitter RSS Feed

    Contact Me

    I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

    2016 Reading Challenge

    2016 Reading Challenge
    nancy has read 29 books toward her goal of 125 books.

    @ravenousreader on INSTAGRAM

    Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

    I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


    STACEY LEE Launch Party
    Books Inc. in Palo Alto
    Thursday, May 26 @ 7pm


    June 4&5 in downtown Berkeley
    Julie Buxbaum
    Gail Carriger
    Veronica Rossi
    Daniel Handler
    Stephanie Keuhn
    Stacey Lee
    Caroline Paul
    Wendy MacNaughton
    Lauren Myracle
    Alyson Noel
    Yvonne Prinz
    Jason Reynolds
    Evelyn Skye
    Wendy Spinale
    V.E. Schwab
    Nicola Yoon

    Books Inc. in SF OPERA PLAZA
    Tuesday, June 7 @ 7pm

    Kepler's in Menlo Park
    Wednesday, June 8 @ 7pm

    Kepler's in Menlo Park
    Thursday, June 9 @ 7pm RSVP Here


    Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
    Friday, June 10 @ 7pm


    Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
    Friday, June 10 @ 6pm


    Barnes and Noble in Emeryville
    Friday, June 10 @ 7pm

    Barnes and Noble in Dublin
    Saturday, June 11 @ 12 NOON

    Barnes and Noble in Roseville
    Saturday, June 11 @ 12 NOON


    Barnes and Noble in Dublin
    Saturday, June 11 @ 2pm


    Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
    Saturday, June 11 @ 4pm

    B-FEST Book Festival Panel(s) with
    Hannah Jayne, Gayle Parness, Jane George and Wendy Spinale

    Barnes and Noble in Dublin
    Sunday, June 12 @ 12 Noon and 2:00pm

    Barnes and Nobel in Corte Madera
    Sunday, June 12 @ 2pm

    Book Passage in Corte Madera
    Friday, June 17 @ 6pm

    Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
    Thursday, June 30 @ 7:30pm


    Kepler's in Menlo Park
    Thursday, July 28 @ 7pm


    ...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

    What I am Reading Now

    and this too.....

    Book Tour Host

    Book Tour Host

    Book Tour Host

    Follow by Email


    Rating System

    ♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

    ♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

    ♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

    ♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

    Would not recommend

    DNF=Did Not Finish

    Blog Archive

    Blog Stats

    Blog Designer

    Net Galley

    Professional Reader