Now a major motion picture! An irreverent and irresistible New York Times bestselling 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.
When school "man-whore" Wesley informs Bianca that, compared to her group of beautiful friends, she is the Duff Designated Ugly Fat Friend 17-year-old Bianca is horrified, outraged, and can't stop thinking about the label ("I couldn't believe he was making me worry about such stupid, pointless, shallow bullshit"). Which makes it all the more upsetting when she starts hooking up regularly with Wesley (even though he continues to call her "Duffy"), as a distraction from her father's struggles with alcohol and the divorce her mother is seeking. Keplinger's premise will easily hook readers as she offers the kind of conventional romance (albeit one that is heavy on hookup sex) that summer teen flicks are made of in this well-written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut. Bianca's friends care about her deeply, so there is little drama between them; the arc of this story is more about Bianca coming to grips with her feelings for Wesley, who is actually a good guy, than about restoring her self-image. Bianca is consistently strong, witty, and confident, and while the nickname pinches, it does little to hurt her self-esteem. Ages 15 up.
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I first bought this book because of the title! The title is practically something everyone can relate to! I loved the book so much, that I ended up picking it up again a week after I read it, and rereading it! Great story! Great characters! A bit mature for girls under 15 or 16, it involves sex (in a somewhat inappropriate manner, not detailed or anything, but think "friends with benefits"... :), but otherwise if you think you're old enough to read this, pick it up!
Amazing book. Lots of sex scenes , but it's all about maturity . I'm only 12 and thought it was a great book with relatable characters, fast-paced yet sturdy storyline and an almost fairytale flair. The DUFF kept me satisfied and hungry for more of the authors works ;)
I absolutely loved this book mostly because it was always moving- it’s not a slow moving book. It’s completely different from the movie- loved the book much better. B was so relatable- I see myself as the duff as well. This book also has a great message for not only teens but everyone- labels are nothing compared to how you see yourself. Only you can define yourself and who you are as a person!