The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
by Kody Keplinger
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 hottie Wesley Rush. But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, 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.
I highly recommend this novel. It deals with many issues that teens definitely go through like depression and pent-up anger. The main character Bianca is relatable with how she doesn’t stand out much. The authors way of writing reveals so many emotions. I laughed and cried often during this novel.
I would completely recommend this book to anyone who wants an emotional read. It isn’t as devastating as “The Fault in Our Stars,” but the pent-up anger and stress put the reader on edge.
The movie on the other hand was hilarious, but nothing like the book. It was a great movie as far as being funny and witty and awkward, but it was definitely not an award winner. The plot is very loosely based off the novel, as in they stole a few characters. The movie is more of a makeover for Bianca rather than a life changing identity crisis, as it is in the book.