Book Review - The Duff by Kody Keplinger | Blushing Geek

Book Review – The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger | Blushing Geek

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Series: Hamilton High, #1
Published: September 7, 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 280
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.


A film-adaptation of this book is now out on the big screen, and you know me, I have to read it! I’ve watched the movie trailer and I must say that I was really intrigued and my oh my, the actor who portrayed Westley Rush is so dang hot! So basically, I need to read it. (Maybe it’s the big reason why I was so productive this month and was able to read all the five books in my reading list in just two weeks eh?)

Oh well, if I was writing this live, you will see that it took me almost two hours before I continue writing this review. Haha, sorry guys, I just can’t help my curiosity about the movie. And yeah, I watched it, and sorry for being a spoiler but it’s different from the book, but what’s good is that the lesson was all clearly pointed out in the film. Toby Tucker (Bianca’s crush) is different in the movie. Sorry for my word, but Toby is a jerk in the film. (You murdered one of my prospect crushes in the film!!!)

The book talks about Bianca and her struggles being a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) and her parents on the verge of divorce. Since the hottie Westley Rush (main male character) was in her way, he became her stress reliever (that’s what I see it is). There’s no one in this world that she hates more than Westley but at the end of the day, he’s the one who makes her feel better more than her friends can do.

Quite interesting read eh? Just like the previous book I’ve read, which is the V is for Virgin, the characters of this book were also teenagers, and just like the latter, it wasn’t teeny boopy at all too. I always know if the story is going to be boring just by reading its first chapter, and in all fairness, this book is way too far from being boring.

In its first chapter, I find Westley not that attractive at all. I mean, he’s a big definition of the word JERK. And he’s not even hot. But as I continue reading the story, I am starting to like him. I like Toby, he’s the exact opposite of Westley, but dang! He looks boring compared to Westley. He isn’t just a good looking hottie but with a substance, and I like that (wink)

Bianca on the other hand, oh well, what can I say about her? Well, she’s lucky to have a very loyal (not to mention hot and good looking best friends) that will always stand by her no matter what. For me, she’s the luckiest character in this story. Though her family situation isn’t that stable because of the divorce, I was glad how all of it we’re fixed. I’m not even ashamed of admitting that I cried a two or three because of that. (I have a soft spot to father and daughter thing)

Back to the story. Well, it all started on the kiss Bianca gave to Westley. (haha, I know that’s a spoiler, so I’m sorry guys) All of us have a different way to relieve stress, and in Bianca’s case, it’s different. Haha, I must say that her way of distraction is, uhm, I guess hot? Haha, why’s that? Well, because he’s doing it with probably the hottest guy on the campus. Oh my! I can’t help fanning myself, haha.

I actually like the story. Oh well, I’m a sucker for a love-hate romance and this book is just exactly that, with the addition of family, friendship and life’s lesson ofcourse. That great eh! But how come I gave it only 4 stars? Well, it was all because it was a bit predictable. The girl falling in love with the guy and blah blah. But what’s a surprise is that I didn’t think it’s the guy who will make a move.

“Westley Rush don’t chase girls, but I am chasing you.” – Westley

Oh my! That’s totally beyond my expectation. I kinda like it though. Haha, the girl playing the hard to get type and then in the end, she can’t resist but follow what her heart says to her. Which in that case, is Wesley. Oh my! What a lucky DUFF right?

This book doesn’t just provide pure entertainment to its readers but it also gives lessons. What an amazing book eh? Read it and never ever worry about what other people think about you. You are amazing just the way you are. (Now I am quoting a song, haha)

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