The Duff: (designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody KeplingerThe Duff: (designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

The Duff: (designated Ugly Fat Friend)

byKody Keplinger

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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Now a major motion picture! An irreverent and irresistibleNew York Timesbestselling 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 hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the Designated Ugly Fat Friend--of her crew.

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.

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel,The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend),during her senior year of high school.The DUFFwas a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and aRomantic TimesTop Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels,Shut OutandA Midsummer's Ni...
Title:The Duff: (designated Ugly Fat Friend)Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316084247

ISBN - 13:9780316084246

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from need to read! honestly 100% better then the movie and its relatable and shows u true aspects!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book as a teen! I read this book when it first came out when I was a freshman in high school and adored it. The story is pretty typical but it was a great read anyway. The movie adaption however not so much. Either way I loved Keplinger's books!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IS NOT A GREAT ENOUGH WORD!!! I LOVED THIS NOVEL. Now, I bought this because of the film, as sad as it is. I had never heard of this author or concept prior to its cinematic release, and GOD DO I REGRET THIS. I ordered the book and began reading it thinking it would be so similar to the film and that I would fill in some gaps the film didn't cover. BOY WAS I WRONG. The book was WAY WAY WAY better than the movie, and I mean WAY BETTER. The books storyline is very different than the film, as in sexual. It covers a more friends with benefits vibe, and though for some teens it may be a little too promiscuous for young readers, it also covers some deep concepts that are experienced by teens. It is my favourite teen fiction book and it has some major character development for *some* characters. Besides, I grew to dislike the main character Bianca, but fell in love with the male/main character Wesley, whilst at first I loved Bianca and hated Wesley. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster and I highly recommend this if you just need a fun read that warms your heart and makes you think: "man, why wasn't my high-school experience even close to this?"
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I read the book in high school and watched the movie after. The book is the perfect y/a read and much better compared to the movie.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! I remember reading this book back in highschool. It's basically about a girl accepting her flaws and learning to love them. I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book is hilarious and relatable. I enjoyed connecting with the characters and found that I thought about high school in a different way after reading it. I don't think the movie did this book justice and found that it skipped out on certain details that were needed.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing concept I loved the plot of this and the characters were awesome.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I liked reading this book, but I think I preferred the movie over the book because the movie's characters seemed a little more relatable, as did the storyline.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book is way better then the movie! I love the book I've re-read it about 3 times this year! This book made Wesley look like a knight in shining armor. Would totally recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Movie adaptation and novel are different Frankly, I'm glad they changed the plot in the movie. It was much more enjoyable than the book.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different than the movie If you have watched the movie companion to this novel and are thinking that it would be redundant to read this novel thank you are mistaken. Although the general feel and slightly the moral of the stories for both are roughly the same, the novel is more mature. Bianca is a likeable character and Wesley is a bit of the stereotypical misunderstood badboy type of romantic interest. The novel is an enjoyable read and worth checking out is you are looking for a YA novel that doesn't shy away from supposedly "mature" inclusions in the storyline such as sex.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my new fave YA Reads Well done Kody Keplinger. I, the second I get a new Kobo gift car I will get another book of hers. Now to watch the movie!!!
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a read I absoluely couldn't put this book down! well written and beautifully composed. Loved every bit. Wow
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genuine and real.. Bianca is just like any other girl who has ever been a teenager ever! The experiences she goes through will feel raw and real for all of is one way or another. Definitely a great, quick read!
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'm in the minority Let me preface this review by saying that I adore Kody Keplinger, and she's an "instant buy" for me whenever she releases a new book. I'll speak on this more later... But The DUFF. I absolutely disliked this book. I was so excited for it because at the time, I was querying (so many years ago) and drowning in the world of traditional YA books. I'd heard so, so much about this book. The hype was huge. The reviews were glowing. Other agents raved about it. So of course, as someone who wanted publication, I had to read this book and see what was so perfect about it. The premise was outstanding. The idea was huge. The title itself had spunk and just sounded like it was a book that was pushing boundaries. However, it fell so very flat. It took me months to finish it, at snail's pace. It was so unrealistic. I can suspend belief and go along with most books because "it's fiction, so just play along." I even write books that are a little "play along" types. But Bianca was an outright awful person. I was never once rooting for her. She was rude to her friends. She wasn't "snarky and witty." She was mean. Rude. Wesley was an jerk, but he knew it, and everyone else knew it, and he owned it. I could tolerate that. Bianca's friends lacked personality. They were names. They were flat characters. And I don't know why they put up w-her because she treated them like dirt. The sex It just didn't feel right or work for me. The parental relationships were ugh. There were so many awesome ideas here that just didn't work. However, Kody can write well. The book wasn't terrible. It felt like a teenager wrote it (which she was 17 at the time). It lacked a lot of the depth I prefer in a book. I did enjoy the Xbox scene, where Bianca and Wesley were just hanging out like normal teens. That felt real. Sadly that was the only part. I think I'm in the minority, though, which is good for Kody's sake and The DUFF's sake. So many people LOVED this book. I hesitated to read Shut Out after this one, but the premise sucked me in, and I LOVED it. I loved A Midsummer's Nightmare even more. I think Kody really does touch some deeper subjects, and I like that about her. I've thoroughly enjoyed her other books, and I look forward to more from her. This book just didn't do it for me. Maybe it will for you...?
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I dint like the end The ending left e with so many queations i dont think it was worth reading the book bjt the rest was good.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much! After hearing about the release of the movie and watching the trailer, I decided to read the book (since that is what we book geeks do best), knowing nothing about the book or movie. I read it in about four hours and I loved every minute. I adored all the characters and their personalities, the story line was believable and it had everything I love in YA love stories. Sure, the main characters are in high school and it is unlikely to have an enemies-with-benefits relationship but really what people don't understand is that anything can happen in high school. Especially in today's society. This book is a fresh and inviting book and I recommend it to anybody!
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I absolutely loved it for the short part I've read. I haven't seen the movie but the book is amazing g.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, fresh and uplifting The Duff is unlike any YA novel I've read. The main character's attitude is refreshing, and the message is both enlightening and inspiring. The book is a humorous, cute little high school tale. I recommended to anyone who has ever felt like the Duff.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DUFF I decided to read this before deciding if my 15 year old daughter could go see the movie with her friends. After reading this I would alow her, the end is the best and to me gives the message I want my daughter to have, which is no one is perfect, we all have our faults but are wonderful, beautiful, smart, loving people at the same time.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from IS THIS REALLY WHAT YA HAS COME TO? Bianca Piper has always managed to keep her life together. She’s smart and resourceful, loyal to her friends and responsible in most aspects of her life. But lately, her life has been spinning a little out of control. Her ex-boyfriend is coming back to town with his fiancée, her parents are getting a divorce and her dad slipped off the sobriety wagon after 18 years. Add to that the label she was recently given by local heartthrob Wesley Rush … “The Duff” … Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend. With a multitude of reasons to hate Wesley already, that one pushes her feelings over the edge. Despite that, she finds herself, inexplicably kissing him one night. Hmmm … what better way to distract oneself from the trials and tribulations of real life than meaningless, mindless sex with someone you really can’t stand. She opts for a one night stand which turns into an almost everyday occurrence. OH ??? Did I forget to mention? Bianca and Wesley are 17-year-old high school students. Every once in a while I dip into the available pool of YA fiction. More often than not I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of books (The Book Thief). This one, unfortunately, was an accident that you want to look away from, but just can’t. Granted, its been a lot of years since I was in high-school, and yes I understand that teenagers become different creatures when they are not with family and parents, but this book was over the top. If this is an honest reflection of what high school is like these days then I am also very grateful that my kids are grown and settled. Aside from the language: “slut” “skank” whore” “f*** this” and “f*** that” (yes, yes, yes … I know kids swear but this was unnecessarily excessive) this book glamorized a very poor way of dealing with difficult life situations. I know I am nit picking now, but the title isn’t even accurate. In reading the book it turns out that Bianca is not ugly, nor is she fat. The only redeeming quality to this whole book is the way the author addresses the DUFF issue at the end of the book. Unfortunately, it is at the very end of the book. Too little, too late? I wish Keplinger had chosen a different path to get there. Having raised daughters I think by the time they reached 17 or 18 they would have had no interest in this book and at 13 or 14, it is NOT a book I would have wanted them to read.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DUFF - amazing! I have read this book so many times. It's addictive. I would definitley reccommnd it if you are a fan of rom-coms. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but predictable Bianca Piper just learned that she has a label. She’s not a geek, she’s not a jock, she’s not homecoming queen. She’s a DUFF. A Designated Ugly Fat Friend. She’s never thought of herself as being as pretty as her friends but when the school hottie, Wesley Rush, calls her The Duff, she reacts by throwing coke in his face. Even worse, with her home life being not great, Bianca can’t seem to stay away from the distraction that Wesley provides. She hates him but it turns out he’s not so bad. And she just might be falling for the guy who thinks she’s just the Duff. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book. Was it going to entertain me? Was it going to offend me? Would it do both? Could I root for Bianca to be with someone who would call her a Duff? Well, I wasn’t offended, I was entertained, and yes, I could get behind Bianca and Wesley. Bianca was a character I really enjoyed. She was cynical and very often the voice of reason for her friends, even if she couldn’t be that for herself. She put on a touch act but underneath, she was afraid of being judged. She had great interactions with her two best friends, and even when there were some problems between them, they still cared about each other. It was nice to see those girls as friends. Wesley took a while to warm up to, after all he kept calling Bianca a Duff like it was no big deal, but the more he revealed of himself, the more I liked him. The banter between him and Bianca was hilarious and they definitely had chemistry. I also liked that it wasn’t strictly just as high school drama. Bianca had problems at home that she had to deal with so we saw some of her parents’ problems as well. And the insecurity Bianca felt about not being as pretty as her friends was an issue that doesn’t end with high school graduation(unfortunately). She made some huge mistakes and I didn’t always agree with her way of handling things but I could buy into her reacting the way she did. Some people face problems head on, some do everything they can to avoid them. The message behind The Duff was important but I felt it came across as a bit heavy-handed at times. It was a little too ‘lesson of the week’ that we get from TV shows, the lessons where the more they push it at the audience, it easier it is to ignore. I would have also liked to see Bianca’s friends Jess and Casey have more development. They were good friends but it never felt like I got to know much about them. Overall, it was a fast read with a good message but some of the characters lacked depth and it was predictable.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I loved it a contemporary love story where the girls are sassy and the boys aren't always the night in shinning armor you expected more like a polo wearing Porsche driving pretty boy. All in all amazing book that got me hooked on the rest of her amazing books check them out you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! It perfectly describes how self conscious teenage girls are. From troubles at home, to everyday school life. Really just an amazing book!
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book and am reading it again.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and enjoyable This book I would say is good it was emotional and depressing and really gets to the teenage girl species and it got to me too. I really enjoyed this book with all the loops Bianca "the duff" had to go through and it really does connect with one person so I do recommend this book to people who are looking for a emotional comedic depressing inspiring yet romantic book because this fits all those categories
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless- I loved It I couldn't put this book down took me a day to finish. It was breathtaking and just beautiful. Bianca and Wesley's relationship was so good that I was rooting for him at the end!! I HEART WESLEY<3 I just loved they way he knows Bianca so well and how much they are alike. My heart was racing also. With all the time they spend together, they both start to feel something towards each other. Him being the play boy, while she is "the duff". I have to say this book brought a smile on my face quite a few times. I am so glad that I picked this book up yesterday because its part of my favorite books list!!! Keplinger did a beautiful story. I loved the ending and also the beginning with how much Bianca disliked Wesley, but eventually he grew on her:) Wesley, is one of my favorite characters due to his personality, + how the way he acts with Bianca. U do notices changes with his character along the way which brings the book to a well deserved ending with these too, who belong together. Even with his "lifestyle" he really grows on you as the reader. I was even falling for him near the end of the book. I am totally looking forward to many more books by Kody Keplinger. I cant wait for the next story to be told:) This book really kept me on my toes. Even if he calls her the duff, I think that he meant differently after once he got to know Bianca and all her troubles. Overall, one great read. I was too overjoyed at the end.
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless, it's that amazing I'm a young adult, which is the age for which this book was written, and all I can say is that I was totally hooked. The characters are so believable, and I felt so much reading this book. I'm no book critic or whatever, and I don't have any fancy words to describe this book, but I'd recommend it to anyone above the age of 15 or so. Amaaaazing book, whoever is reading this review should DEFINITELY get this book!!!
Date published: 2011-06-13

Editorial Reviews

"Kudos to the 18-year-old Keplinger for writing a heroine whose complicated relationship with sex is honest and heartbreaking. This for-more-mature teens novel deftly illustrates how even consensual sex can be emotionally destructive, and captures thoughts about self-image and the many different types of relationships. Expect to be recommending THE DUFF to friends for years to come."-Romantic Times