The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

the duffGoodreads Blurb: 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 “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.


My musings: Unpopular Opinion Time!

Oh boy, where do I begin. On the risk of being accused of sexism or anti-feminism, I will say that I really disliked this plot and especially the MC. I found that the content in this book made me a little uncomfortable for a YA title.

The prominent message of sleeping with someone you dislike, and who has zero respect for you, simply as an escape for your problems is a very risky message for young girls. I think most teens have the ability to be self-destructive enough, without the inspiration of this book.

For the record, I am not against sex in YA titles. I just don’t like when the entire book is focused on an unhealthy relationship that is only about sex.

If the author had made more of an effort to show how this behavior was unhealthy, rather than a little paragraph about the importance of not calling anyone a slut, I would have had more respect for this book.(view spoiler)

Overall, if the message of this book was more productive and featured more character growth, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. As it stands I found The D.U.F.F to be a rather boring and disturbing read. 2/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Bin

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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