The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff (Designated ugly fat friend)

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

This was getting old.


Bianca is a seventeen year old high-school students with two amazing and gorgeous friends. Sometimes she feels like the odd one out. She’s not breezy, she’s the cynic of the group. And she doesn’t look like them either. Still, it doesn’t help when Wesley Rush, school heartthrob calls her the Duff – the designated ugly fat friend.

Things aren’t going great for Bianca at home either. And before she knows it, she is kissing Wesley to distract herself from her worries. But they are only starting.


Finally, a book with a believable romance! I could totally see Bianca and Wesley together. Of course, Wesley started out as a huge asshole. It’s not okay to call someone a Duff. But he actually redeemed himself. He even apologized. He won me over in the end.

And there was chemistry between them. They didn’t just fall in love the second their eyes met, but it was something that gradually developed and that’s what I liked about the book.

Oh God! I thought, realizing what that twinge in my gut must mean. Oh God, I’m jealous. I’m seriously fucking jealous! Oh, shit!

I also loved the fact that our main character had friends. Actual, female friends. They have different views but it doesn’t matter. I loved the relationship between Bianca and Casey. It’s a shame that we don’t really get to read much about Jessica, I never really got to know her in the book.

Finally, Casey said, “Bianca, you know you can tell me anything, right? You know you can talk to me if you need to. Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s not good for you.”

The book was also really sad in parts. Bianca’s mother is almost never home and when she finally wants a divorce, her Dad can’t deal with it. It’s heartbreaking how she tries to handle everything herself, be the adult when it’s supposed to be the other way round.

What I did not like was how judgemental Bianca was for most of the book. In the end, she realizes that it’s not okay but before that, it was terrible to read. She was judging everyone.

It was Vikki, after all. Hadn’t she been setting herself up for that kind of thing for a while? Sleeping with people she didn’t care about. Forgetting about the consequences.


Still, kudos to the book that Bianca realized that she’s doing it and that it’s not okay.


This book is fun and heartbreaking in equal measures and I loved the relationship between B and Wesley.


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